Campaign for Re-Election as Your Catholic Trustee

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It’s been a privilege to work for you as Catholic trustee since 2010 – and since December, 2014, as Chair of the TCDSB. And it would be an honour to serve as Ward 9 TCDSB Trustee again.  My re-election campaign website –

My son started kindergarten in our board last September, and it has brought me a new perspective regarding our work. A perspective I see and hear every morning when I talk with my son about the coming day over breakfast, and we take our morning walk to school. When we say good-bye, I leave happy, trusting that he is safe, that he is welcomed, that his teachers will value and develop mind, body and soul, and ultimately, that he is loved as a child of God.

I am a product of our Toronto Catholic schools – from kindergarten to my undergraduate degree at St Michael’s College, University of Toronto.   I am a long-standing active member of Holy Rosary and St Basil’s parishes as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector, and before that, I was head of the Young Ministry at St Clement’s parish leading up to World Youth Day.

I am an active volunteer and parishioner, currently volunteering for the Canadian International Council – Toronto (president), HelpAge Canada (Board Member), and with a civil engagement organization I co-founded, Unlock Democracy Canada, as well as being a long-time lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Holy Rosary and St Basil’s parishes.  For more about my personal and professional background please go to About Jo-Ann.

I am grateful for the support of our Catholic education partners – the 3 MPPs and 5 sitting city Councillors representing TCDSB Ward 9 are supporting my campaign for re-election (go to Endorsements).  They are representative of the diversity of our truly great city – coming from different political parties, cultures and faiths.   If the needs of our students and schools are to met, we must advocate on their behalf with our education partners at the municipal and provincial levels – both provide financial, programming and service support for our publicly-funded school system.  I believe that the support I’ve gained is representative of the work I’ve done on behalf of students and schools, including organizing community meetings with Councillors and MPPs to provide an opportunity for them to hear directly from parents and students on ways to support and improve our schools, and see first hand the value that Catholic schools add to our publicly-funded education system.

I am committed to the corporate work at the school board offices – collaborating with my fellow trustees, the Director, and senior staff, to develop policy and strategic plans, set priorities and approve budgets, and finding better ways to engage and inform the public.  I am committed to our students and communities learning about local concerns and successes, finding solutions and sharing the good news about the great things happening in our schools, and our home-school-parish partnerships.   I am committed to building relationships with our municipal, provincial and Catholic education partners in support of students and schools.  And I am committed to the future of Catholic education.  For some of my major initiatives as your trustee, please go to Jo-Ann’s Work or

I’ve organized and / or attended an estimated 600 meetings with students, parents, the Board of Trustees, community partners, and municipal and provincial partners in Catholic education over the last four years.

These are critical times for Catholic education – as they have been for over 170 years – and I am running for re-election as your trustee because I value and hold dear our schools – both their past, as an alumnus and the daughter of a TCDSB teacher and their future, as the mother of a boy who has just entered grade 1 at the TCDSB.   I believe I have demonstrated through my work on behalf of students, families, and schools for the last four years to have the skills, commitment and passion to be an strong advocate for Catholic education, an effective collaborator and policy maker in support of students, and an accessible and open communicator with parents, our student leadership and our education partners.

As your trustee, I have not submitted an out-of-pocket expense in 4 years.  Overall, the lowest in trustee expenses. See Trustee Expenses for details.

To read my quarterly newsletters since 2010, go to

As always, I want to hear from you!  Please call (647-977-5825) or e-mail me ( with your questions or ideas!

Thank you for your support and God bless!

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