At the December 1st Inaugural Board Meeting, Carol Cotton, Trustee for Markham (Thornhill/Unionville), was unanimously elected as Chair of the Board by her fellow trustees. Cotton has been a Trustee for the York Catholic District School Board since 1993, and has previously served in the Vice-Chair role. This election marks the first change in the Board's leadership in 17 years.
Cotton was nominated for the Chair position by the Board's former Chair, Elizabeth Crowe, Trustee for Aurora/King/Whitchurch-Stouffville.
"I could always rely on Carol to be a voice of reason at the Board table and a trusted sounding board when I needed to discuss a challenge," Crowe said during her nomination of Cotton. "I believe that it is time for new leadership at this Board. Carol's strength of character, her intelligence, and her strong grounding in her Catholic faith will serve this Board well."
In her address to the Board, Chair Cotton thanked her fellow trustees for their support and said, "As a Board, we will face many challenges in the coming year. I am confident that by building even stronger partnerships with our dedicated staff groups, Parish priests, Catholic School Councils and Student Leaders we shall not only meet these challenges but rise to even greater heights in the future and ensure that our efforts and decisions truly support student success."
Trustee Elizabeth Crowe was unanimously elected as Vice-Chair following a nomination from Marlene Mogado, Trustee for Markham (Miliken/Markham/Unionville). In her nomination of Crowe, Trustee Mogado remarked, "Elizabeth advocates for the needs of all students, is an excellent representative of the Board and is well respected in all sectors of the community. Her expertise on Board matters is an excellent benefit to all of us and it would be of great service to our students to let her continue to serve the York Catholic community in the equally important position of Vice-Chair."
In her address to the Board, Vice-Chair Crowe thanked everyone who supported her during her 17 years as Chair. She went on to say, "I am committed to supporting Carol in her transition to Chair of the Board. I know Carol has the skills and experience to quickly take over the reins and so I am looking forward to stepping back and spending more time in my schools as well as participating more actively at the Board table and bringing the views of the community I represent to Board discussions."
The York Catholic District School Board is made up of 10 elected trustees, and two non-voting student trustees. The role of the trustee is to provide effective and accountable use of the Board's fiscal resources and to develop, maintain, monitor and evaluate policies and organizational structures that support and promote the Board's commitment to the continuous improvement of student achievement.