As your public school Trustee for Beaches - East York my priorities include:

  • Pandemic Recovery - increased mental health supports and partnerships, academic support for all learners, and increased community partnerships to support families in need.

  • Combatting Racism and Hate - increasing culturally relevant programming, training, and resources embedded in truth and lived experiences.

  • Increasing Special Education Resources in inclusive schools and classrooms - adopting best practices within the TDSB and advocating to the Province to increase funding and modernize the funding model so that resources are available to address the current needs of students.

  • Equitable Access to programming and resources - Honoring student voice, supporting the programs that students want, ensuring programs are accessible and inclusive, and increasing programs in underserved areas of the city to increase access.

  • Healthy, Active school communities - work collaboratively with schools and our City partners to foster an active travel approach to the school day, increase outdoor education, invest in and advocated for best practices in health and safety.

  • Schools as accessible community hubs - the TDSB prioritizes school upgrades and community access but funding is limited and the Provincial funding structure is restrictive. I will continue to push for the funding and improvements needed for accessible community schools.

These priorities require me to work collaboratively with other Trustees and staff and partner with stakeholders with lived experience to ensure that programs have the resources and approaches needed to succeed. These priorities also require me to work with partners outside the TDSB, including the Province, the City of Toronto, the Ontario Public School Boards Association, and advocacy groups to ensure stable funding for programming, best practices, and infrastructure, and push for ongoing review and improvement of how education is funded.



Learn more about the role of Trustees in Ontario: https://elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org/

Learn more about Toronto Municipal Elections and register to vote: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/voter-information/myvote/


Contact:

For questions regarding the municipal election please contact michelle@aarts.ca

For questions or concerns regarding your school or the TDSB please contact your school office staff directly (Find my School) or contact michelle.aarts@tdsb.on.ca or call the TDSB central offices at Tel: 416-395-8787