WCDSB Board of Trustees – Statement for October 23, 2023, Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has formally accepted the resignation of Trustee, Julie Molenaar. In her role as Trustee, Julie actively supported families, students, and staff of the WCDSB. The Board expresses heartfelt gratitude for her commitment and extends best wishes to her in her future endeavors.

A motion was carried at the October 23, 2023, Board meeting to fill the vacancy left by Julie Molenaar with the next runner-up on a regional level from the October 2022 election, Winston Francis. Mr. Francis will be sworn in at an upcoming scheduled public meeting.

October 23rd, 2023|

Message from the Director

September 20, 2023

To our community members:

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) prides itself in providing a welcoming, safe, and faith-based learning environment for our students. The guiding principles of our Catholic social teachings are aligned with educational mandates that speak to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Our faith will continue to guide us, as we work intentionally for the common good and champion the dignity of all people.

Our priority at the WCDSB, as both a board and educators, is to put the safety and well-being of our students and staff first. As with all our work, we are guided by legislation. Supported by the Human Rights Code, we will stand against any actions that may discriminate against our students and staff under any of their protected grounds, which include gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation.

In adherence with the Education Act, as a school board, it is our duty to promote a positive and accepting school atmosphere that welcomes all students and staff, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. As always, we will access any resources that we can to support the child, including parents and caregivers, social workers, and child and youth care workers.

Our commitment remains consistent: putting students and staff safety at the forefront of our work.

 

Tyrone Dowling
Director of Education

September 20th, 2023|

Important Message from the Chair of the Board & Director of Education

We are saddened by the act of hate that unfolded at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.

Our prayers go to the victims of this Homophobic and Transphobic attack and to the entire 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Events such as this remind us that learning institutions everywhere need to be places that promote inclusivity and acceptance, and are safe spaces for all.

In solidarity with the University of Waterloo and the entire 2SLGBTQIA+ community — both here in Waterloo Region and around the world — the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will continue to fly the Pride Flag at the Catholic Education Centre until the end of the day on July 6th.

Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools value all students, employees, and families, regardless of age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, ability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, socioeconomic status, employment, housing, sex, and sexual orientation.

As “Heart of the Community” our highest calling is to help ensure “Success for Each” and to create a “Place for All”.

We take that commitment as a sacred trust.

We must continue to work together to ensure our learning and working environments remain safe, secure and welcoming for all.

We cannot, do not and will not tolerate gender-based violence or any form of hate.

In solidarity,

Tracey Weiler — Chair of the Board

Tyrone Dowling — Director of Educa