Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Cambridge, North DumfriesNumber of Available Seats: 3
Winston Darryl FRANCIS
Michael John RATTEE
Kitchener, WilmotNumber of Available Seats: 4
Julie MOLENAARAbout Me:
I made the decision to run as a trustee to hopefully make a difference for our community. I feel some improvements need to be made and I’m hoping I can help. I have been on a committee with the Wilmot …Township for over 4 years and I feel that I can do more.
My top 3 goals,
1. Concentration on education, leave politics out-and resources for kids should come first for our kids.
My plan is to have extra help for the children who need it by having students volunteer some time after school and lunch hours.
2. Mental Illness
Schools need to promote positive mental health. Alcohol and drugs affect our mental health this needs to be taught as well as no drugs, drinking and driving. Teachers and parents need to communicate, work as a team. Watch for changes in a child’s behaviour and grades. This can be a sign of suicidal thoughts.
Promoting active living (health and physical education classes, sports teams and intramural activities)
• Teaching children and youth about healthy eating
• Providing healthy eating options
• Teaching coping skills, such as self-awareness and stress management
• Promoting positive self-esteem
• Creating an open environment for talking about their problems and questions
• Providing spaces for relaxation, such as a lounge and quiet corners within classrooms
• Displaying relevant materials for children, youth and families
• Implementing and actively supporting policies for safe and accepting schools, including bullying prevention and intervention policies
3. Diversity and inclusion - Through communication and resources
In schools we need to teach children respect for others. It’s quite simple - Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated! Respect peoples religion, values and morals and accept that we different. No Bullying should ever be accepted in our schools. More
Tracey WEILERElectedAbout Me:
Tracey is currently the Director, Distribution Compensation Services at Sun Life Financial, and a part-time instructor in the Lazaridis School of Business, at Wilfrid Laurier University where she enjoys …teaching and mentoring students. Tracey has previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Research in Motion (BlackBerry) in leadership roles.
Tracey is a graduate of York University, where she obtained an Honours BA in Psychology and Sociology, Cum Laude. Tracey is also a graduate of the University of Toronto, receiving a Master of Information Studies. She has completed the Wilfrid Laurier MBA program (finance concentration); and has also completed her CPA, CMA designation.
Tracey is the past president and board chair of Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre in Kitchener, and is a past Director at YMCA Kitchener-Waterloo. Tracey was recently published as a Women of Merit in Waterloo Region and a nominee for Rogers Oktoberfest 2015 Women of the Year in the Community Service category. Tracey won the WOW Award as a Community Hero in 2016 for all her volunteering in the community. She is a past board member of KidsAbility Foundation and also sat on the Finance committee. As part of her role at KidsAbility, Tracey led the school program for the Kids Can't Wait Campaign, where she worked with schools to run a fundraiser during the year to support KidsAbility. In 2017, there were 21 schools that participated in the campaign.
In 2018, Tracey was honoured with the Governor General Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers and in 2020 was presented with the Wilfrid Laurier Alumni Community Impact Award. Tracey is currently past president, and an executive member as treasurer of Rotary Waterloo. In 2022, Tracey was honoured with a Paul Harris award for exceptional service.
Currently Tracey is a Trustee for Waterloo Catholic (since 2018) and has a passion for working with children and families.
Tracey is married with 2 children and loves seeing the world through their eyes as they continue to grow up. Tracey's passion is volunteering and working on behalf of our community, specifically in the area of children with complex and development needs. More
Waterloo, Wellesley, WoolwichNumber of Available Seats: 2
Linda CUFFElectedAbout Me:
As a working mom, I saw first-hand the negative impact that school closures had on our children and their teachers. I believe in our Catholic education system and I know that, even with all these challenges, …our students and teachers can have a learning environment where they can thrive.
If elected, my top priorities are:
- Addressing learning loss and mental health with enhanced supports for our students, focused on minimizing disruptions to their education
- Advocating for a robust Catholic system that embraces and celebrates our unique heritage.
- Building trust with our communities so that our WCDSB families feel they are heard.
- Focusing on a holistic education More