Leading the governance table through a student-centred approach
It is impossible to recall 2021 without acknowledging COVID-19. Already into its second year, the pandemic saturated every part of our lives—from home, to school, to work, and beyond. The world continued to change, just as it did at HPEDSB. As an organization, our ability to respond ramped up to levels we never thought possible before. We became more adept at responding to uncertainty and being better prepared for the unexpected.
Throughout the year, the governance work of the Board of Trustees focused on the priorities outlined in the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan:
• Foster a Culture of High Excellence and High Expectations for All
• Promote Safety and Well-Being
• Strengthen Community through Equity and Social Justice
• Improve Student Success and Achievement
• Ensure Responsible Communications
One constant was evident: decisions were made from a student-centred approach, considering the impact on student achievement and well-being. As a public education organization, Board members have accountability for student achievement, fiscal responsibility, and advocacy, among other responsibilities.
It is our responsibility to hire the Director of Education. I am so pleased that Katherine MacIver joined the team mid-year. Her high energy, education knowledge and enthusiasm, and leadership experience make us well-prepared for the challenges ahead.
The HPEDSB Vision is: Lead with integrity and high expectations for all. I believe we have the right people in place at schools and the Education Centre to make that happen now and into the future.
Past Chair of the Board