As your Trustee, I hope to help you find the courage to ask questions and support you as we find solutions. I am a mother of four whose children have been through the public and catholic education systems from elementary to post-secondary. Several of those years were spent volunteering on the school council as either a director or chair. I have over 20 years of political experience volunteering with all levels of government. My small direct communications business shares the expertise of enhancing relationships with political, business and non-profit clients. And for nearly 7 years I have been serving constituents by helping them navigate through government as an executive assistant to federal Members of Parliament. Students should have a safe, encouraging and enjoyable atmosphere to learn. Teachers should have the resources to educate. And parents should have the peace of mind to know that their children are learning those important skills of reading, writing and math, along with the spiritual tools that'll help their child create their own wonderful story. On October 27th, I ask for your vote. It would be an honour to represent you at the school board's table.
As a former Trustee, I truly enjoyed the experience. It was an honour to serve with the late Fr. Kennedy and as my roots are in Ward 6 and as a father of three, I am confident I can continue with sound representation that ratepayers in Ward 6 demand. My priority: To build on our existing strengths that make Catholic education unique and rewarding. An integration of our faith in every aspect of our students’ lives. To help build a system which will provide our children the sound foundation upon which they will experience an abundance of opportunities in the future. It’s more than just teaching religion; it’s about instilling faith, hope, optimism, empathy and confidence in our children. It’s more than getting better grades in math; rather it’s about developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills they will need in their daily lives. It’s more than getting better literacy scores in EQAO ; it’s about developing effective oral and written communication skills necessary in this ever changing technological global business world. It’s more than Art class; it’s about ensuring a sense of creativity, curiosity and imagination. It’s more than participation in sports; it’s about sportsmanship, working with and making your contribution on a team. It’s competition. With Provincial budget cutbacks along with declining enrollment, we must continue to be diligent in making the best decisions within the confines of a balanced and limited budget. It’s about our children. It’s about our future - I see no greater priority than them.
Ed Pecyna was born, raised and has lived most of his life on the East Mountain in Ward 6, Hamilton. Catholic Education is in Ed’s DNA: he attended St. Margaret Mary Elementary School, St. Jean de Brébeuf Secondary School, worked as a Summer School Teacher’s Assistant during his University years and his mother, Henrietta Wasik, was a teacher and vice-principal for forty years at the HWCDSB. For the past ten years, Ed has volunteered extensively for the HWCDSB, ranging from Football Coach, Chairman and member of School Councils, Communication Coordinator for JEPAG (Joint Educational Parent Advisory Group) and a member of the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) for the board. He helped organize and participated in the St. Margaret Mary 50th and the St. Jean de Brébeuf 40th Anniversary Committees.