I hope everybody is staying healthy & safe.
It's been a hard couple of weeks. The discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children in Kamloops has been weighing so heavily on all Canadians. Then, on Sunday night, the horrific, hate-motivated attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario on Sunthat led to the tragic deaths of four family members and left another with serious injuries has been an additional shock. Our hearts go out to their friends, family and all those who knew them following this hateful and cowardly act.
Last night, TDSB Chair Alexander Brown and Interim Director Falconer issued a statement on behalf of the entire TDSB on confronting and interrupting Islamophobia and all forms of racism, hate, and discrimination. It also contains some useful resources. Please read: the full statement.
As we move into the last couple weeks of school, I wanted to provide a shorter update to remind everyone about a couple of upcoming events and give you some advocacy news that may be of interest to families and community members.
First, a quick reminder about my Community Coffee meeting coming up tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 9:30am.
The Coffee Meetings are virtual gatherings - like so many of our meetings, classrooms, and social meet-ups these days - but in a more relaxed and informal setting.
In addition to some brief updates and a free-flowing chat, Superintendents, School Council Chairs and others will be on hand, alongside a Special Guest: Kathleen Wynne, our Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley West. MPP Wynne is scheduled to join us for the first hour.
So sit back with your favourite mug and please join us tomorrow morning, any time between 9:30 and 11:30 am!