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Touch the future: Become a school board trustee

Talk to any trustee and you will hear about the joys, and the challenges as well, that come with working on behalf of Ontario’s children, their families and their communities.

Visit any school board website – and prepare to be amazed by the breadth and depth of the programs and activities that Ontario school boards have developed to guide and shape Generation Next. There are programs designed to promote achievement of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, and to welcome the world of new immigrants to Canada. There are math Olympiads, literacy initiatives, sports programs, art exhibitions, science fairs, innovative programs for children with special needs, EcoSchools, early learning centres, adult education, homework clubs and a strong safety net of support services – all designed to help students succeed to the best of their abilities.

Through their membership on local school boards and their involvement with provincial school board associations, trustees also have the opportunity to play a broader advocacy role and influence government policy.

Despite budget constraints, Ontario’s school boards have demonstrated time and again that, through the collective efforts of creative and committed trustees, they are making a difference for kids.

Interested in becoming a school trustee?

The following guide offers the ABCs of running for office and outlines the roles and responsibilities of school boards and trustees.

Key Dates — 2014
Nomination and Campaign Period Begins January 2, 2014
Nomination Day (last Day To Be Nominated) September 12, 2014
Final Day For Withdrawal Of Candidacy September 12, 2014
Voting Day October 27, 2014
School Board Term Begins December 1, 2014
Campaign Period Ends December 31, 2014
Financial Filing Deadline March 27, 2015
School Board Terms Ends November 30, 2018

More information can be found at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing web site: mah.gov.on.ca.