2018 Election

Peel District School Board

Headquarters: Mississauga
Voting Regions: 12
Total Trustee Seats Available: 12

Mississauga Wards 2,8

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Charles CHEN
    About Me:

    I have been a resident of Mississauga for over two decades, and have been educated through the same local school system that I hope to represent and improve as your trustee after the coming election.
    I am currently the president of Mississauga Chinese Business Association Young Professional. I am excited to transition my professional skills to better serve our city. Having a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (CELTA) and experience teaching English in Canada and in Taiwan, I believe a strong education is essential to unlocking the full potential of all students. To this end, my family has also founded a school, the Canadian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where it is my privilege to teach fundamental knowledge to students from all walks of life! I am proud to be the go-to person for questions and assistance both in and out of the classroom.

    I have planned, volunteered, MCed for the Community Crime Awareness Day and planned for the Million Tree Initiative to enrich this city that has given me so much. I have also spoken on behalf of the Chinese community for both Carrassauga and Carabram cultural festivals. With such a rich and diverse culture, it comes as no surprise that Mississauga is known for being one of the most desirable cities in Ontario to live in. I believe that by prioritizing the resources available to our students, as well as teachers and administrators, regularly reviewing our policies and budget to ensure the highest productivity, and using responsible community outreach and opportunities for our students we can build an even brighter future for our city and our region. I promise to bring my passion and experience to best represent the interests of our community.

    Your vote is your voice, and I hope you will call out for improvement to our current system by electing me to serve you and our schools in wards 2 and 8. Together we can live the motto of our city: "Leading today for tomorrow.

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    Minh GOI
    About Me:

    Married with 2 children - age 12 and 13.

    Occupation: IT Manager at City of Brampton

    Education: BA. Sc. of Computer Engineering

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    Meredith JOHNSON
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    Jasjit SINGH

Mississauga Wards 1,7

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Paul LIU
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    About Me:

    John Marchant and his family planted roots in Mississauga in the early 70's, starting school in Clarkson before his family moved to Port Credit. Southern Mississauga was a great place to grow up back then and still remains a wonderful place to raise a family.

    He and his wife currently live in Ward 1. When not working at his day job, he assists his wife in running their two local small businesses, As It Happens Photography and Coach House Weddings. Through their companies they are involved in promoting Mississauga businesses and causes – be it through the local BIA, Mississauga Board of Trade, Mississauga Arts Council, 100 Women Who Care, 100 Men Who care, Eden Food Bank, the Alzheimer's Society, Kuddles for Kids, 'Twas the Bite Before Christmas and many more.

    Together they love kayaking on the Credit River and enjoying all that their neighbourhood has to offer. John is also an active triathlete, having completed many marathons and an Ironman Race.

    They deeply believe that communities best thrive when people give back, invest in their children and community. He feels that by running for Trustee, he can give a lot more and help make our community stronger.

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    Dalia MORAD
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    Maxamed Ibraahim OSSO
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    Catherine SOPLET
    About Me:

    Catherine Soplet your seasoned candidate for Public School Trustee in Mississauga Wards 1 & 7. Check SEO: Search “soplet”. Guided by Peel DSB February 2018 Poverty Indicators Report, Catherine sharpened her pencil on a 5-point platform to Zap Education Gaps. Her priority focus is to strengthen math and core skills, with a goal to get all Peel students graduated by age 21. Catherine brings 20+ years' advocacy and voluntary board director experience since 1996, as a parent of four special education children. She knows first-hand how disability stretches family routines - her students were bused to programs in Wards 1,2,4 and 7. She has taken the #SWDP Students With Disability Pledge. Catherine's 2008 insights into Ministry of Education data shaped 2010 policy decisions. For increased Ministry budgets for parent councils, she was recognized in 2013 with Award of Excellence from Ontario Public School Boards' Association. In 2017, she joined the Community Advisory Group of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. More

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    Susa SUBURU
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    Kristian VELKOSKI
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    John F. WALMARK

Mississauga Ward 5

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Susan BENJAMIN
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    Avtar GHOTRA
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    Bassam JOHAR
    About Me:

    I would be honoured to serve my community as the Peel District School Board Trustee for Mississauga, Ward 5. My political science and law background has shown me that societal change starts at the local level. And, as a parent of two, I understand that schools are the most important institutions locally – the better our schools, the better our society. I am a proud longtime resident of Ward 5 and firmly believe in the power of our public school system. As school trustee, my vision will revolve around enhancing and effectively implementing the PDSB's current "Plan for Student Success." I will collaborate with my fellow trustees to ensure accountability and transparency in accomplishing its four core goals. Firstly, to realize the PDSB's goal of student excellence, I will advocate for a needs-based funding approach that focuses on helping disengaged students falling behind in literacy and numeracy, and those with physical or learning disabilities. Students and staff need to be equipped with the proper tools to reach their full potential. Secondly, to further the PDSB goal of equity and inclusion, I will advocate keeping the Equity and Inclusive Education Policy current through regular review and consultation. I will also promote the continuous expansion of the e-module initiative to foster a deeper understanding of various marginalized communities. Thirdly, I will strive to expand the bullying awareness and prevention initiative to work towards eliminating school-related violence. Students need to feel included and safe to succeed. This is why the PDSB's goal of fostering a safe, positive and healthy school climate is of particular importance. Lastly, the PDSB goal of parent, community and staff engagement is, indeed, the most important goal of all. The PDSB's success can only be achieved with your input and advice. I am committed to keeping you informed and engaged, so that together, we can bring all of these goals to life! To this end, I will help develop the PDSB's comprehensive plan for parent and community involvement. As your school trustee, I will work tirelessly to ensure that the Peel Board's mission of inspiring "success, confidence, and hope in each student" is fulfilled to the utmost. A vote for Bassam Johar is a vote for the better. Let's make the PDSB better – together! More

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    Arwinder KALSI
    About Me:

    I, Arwinder Kalsi, as an English Public School Board Trustee, will continue great initiatives and programs already launched and will work to introduce further enhancements to generate a positive and empowering educational experience for our next generation. I will work to forge partnerships within the community to get best solutions out of the diverse opinions regarding education of our children. What qualifies me to ask for your vote is that being a resident of Ward 5, Mississauga for almost 15 years, father of two wonderful school going children (14 yrs old daughter and 9 yrs old son), working as a Manufacturing Engineer, School Council Chair / Co-chair for last 7 yrs, part of Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) at Peel Board and Co-chair of Malton Community Building Project network (MCBP, a volunteer group working towards various youth, children and resident issues and community as a whole). I look forward to enhance Peel Board’s capabilities to impact our next generation and unlock true hidden potential of creativity and innovation inside our children. Given all this, my vision for Peel Board is the one whose focus is future and future of public education and hope I can count on your support to be the next English Public School Trustee for Ward 5, Mississauga. More

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    About Me:


    My family and I moved to ward-5 of great City of Mississauga in 1983. All our four children graduated from Peel School Board System and my grand children are also in Peel Schools. I have Diploma in Mechanical engineering from University of Bombay India. HVAC design certificate from McGill University, Refrigeration design from City and Guilds of London. Certificate in Health and Safety from Sheridan.

    CHALANGE: Our city and our schools will face big decisions in the coming four years: balancing the budget, re-imagining our facilities, strengthening our relationship with parents and the community, all while maintaining and extending Peel School Board reputation for educational excellence. I'm running to bring three important qualities to the school board:

    EFFECTIVE CONTROL: I will ensure that every dollar Board spends results in a dollar's worth of educational improvement. As a past founding board of Directors, and past president of a charitable organization, a past entrepreneur and operations manager of a division of City of Toronto, I've always had to balance a budget, and I've had to implement new and innovative approaches to tackle complex problems and make decisions.

    We need to close the achievement gap: we do a good job serving students at the top and bottom but not middle. We need cost effective ways of closing that gap, like the high-demand skills and vocations that will prepare our students for the 21st Century. I will be a strong advocate for our children and our community and an effective guardian of your money.

    GOOD GOVERNANCE: I strongly believe in to improving transparency, accountability, and inclusive decision-making in Peel School Board. From my experience serving on Various positions on boards, I will make sure the organization runs well.

    Our schools should benefit our entire rate payers' community, not just those of us with children in the schools.

    When elected, I'd support efforts to contain operational costs while maintaining or enhancing student outcomes. Encourage true budget transparency to meet the needs of our students and teachers while protecting our taxpayers from needless spending and a comprehensive plan to optimize facilities investments;

    A vote for me is a vote for good governance, evidence-based decision-making and schools that work for our whole community.

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    Rajakumaran PONRAJ
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    Sarah WALJI

Mississauga Wards 3,4

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Jalal AHMED
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    About Me:

    I am living in this nice city since I landed in 1999 from India. I am holding university degree in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Engineering. I am a Certified Engineering Technologist -C.E.T.-, designated by OACETT. I am a father of Son studying at York University & Daughter studying in The Valley Senior Public School.

    My parents were elementary school teacher; who encourage me in my early days and I had successfully completed my university degree though born in remote area with less educational facility. Like many educated immigrants, I had started my career with odd jobs due to lack of Canadian education & experience. Today I am working as a Quality Control Supervisor in a manufacturing industry.

    Community Involvement:

    I had volunteered as school council chair in T. L. Kennedy Secondary School, Briarwood Public School, The Valley Senior Public School and actively participated as a school council member at Thornwood Public School.

    Why I am running:

    I know how hard for working parents to look after child's education particularly in elementary and secondary school. Not enough time to look after kids education due to our work schedule. Sometime educated in other county we are not familiar with Canadian Education system, particularly selecting career related course in high school. As a father of young kids I went through this period. I assure my voters that I would be their representative in board and will act as a bridge between community and board. I will try my level best to get enough funds to meet the funding requirement for school, transportation, educational innovation and academic excellence of students and will make sure it spends rightly where mostly needed. I would be accountable to my electorates. Safety at educational institute, positive environment for students where they fill happier while learning to achieve their career goal and contribute to our community is my priority. Our kids need improvement and they can provide proper way of study in certain subject for example like Math and science. I would represent as a member of board & member of community & closely works with local MPP, MP in the interest of educational institute, students, and staffs & for community. I am a sincere, responsible and energetic candidate can fulfill my responsibility very well if I am given chance by you. I am available to my voters for via phone, email, text and through social media and personal meeting from morning to evening for any question/concern related to education issue.

    It's time of competition, it's time for change so to give shape to our kids education, I appeal to all voters of my wards particularly young & first time voters, please use your right and responsibility of vote and give me a chance to serve you and future of our next generation.


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    Sue LAWTON
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    About Me:

    My name is Sue Lawton, and I am honoured to be chosen as the Peel District School Board Trustee, Mississauga Wards 3&4, in 2010, and again in 2014. I am asking for your vote again on October 22nd.

    As a parent volunteer for 20+ years, I was active in many capacities within the Peel District School Board, on municipal and provincial committees; my desire to become a Trustee grew from this involvement.

    My husband David and I have lived in Mississauga for 35+ years, have a son and a daughter, both educated in Ward 3 PDSB schools, both happily married, and we have 8 incredible grandchildren.

    I have a solid business background, and until I was elected in 2010, was Volunteer Development Manager, School Outreach Coordinator, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada)

    I believe strongly in community involvement, and have volunteered for many charities and organizations, among them 30+ years with the Canadian Cancer Society, and served on the Boards of Ecosource and Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Services.

    As a Trustee, I am responsible for the effective operation of schools, reviewing and implementing Ministry of Education policies, and advocating for students by promoting high achievement and mental and physical well-being. In order to most effectively benefit students, I have served on many committees within the Board, and as Chair of the Audit, Regional Program, Trustee Review Committees & Co-Chair of our Special Education Advisory Committee.

    I am proud of all I have accomplished in the past eight years as an advocate for public education. Experience has taught me many things, but we have much work to do.

    I see Equity for all students, Special Education services, Transportation, and both student and staff Mental Health and Well-being as areas needing increased & sustained focus as we begin a new school year.

    I am an enthusiastic, responsive, persuasive advocate for fair and equitable access to excellent education for all students, an effective communicator and a strong leader. I believe in personal responsibility & parent/community involvement. I believe I am in the best position to represent Wards 3 & 4 in Mississauga as we continue the work necessary to improve educational outcomes for all our students.

    With respect, I ask for your vote on October 22nd.

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    Asha LUTHRA
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    Naila MAHMOOD
    About Me:

    Naila Mahmood was born in Montreal and raised in the heart of Mississauga. She grew up in wards 3 and 4 where she attended elementary school. Naila studied Political Science at McMaster University and later did a post-grad in Government Relations at Seneca College. Naila has previously worked for a local Member of Parliament, where she met many members of the Ward 3 and 4 community. Naila’s political involvement and knowledge will allow her to represent YOU and the students of Ward 3 and 4 with her knowledge and experience.

    Naila has had a passion for education and politics ever since she can remember. Being politically involved, Naila understands the importance of our education system and the need for inclusivity and equality in our school board. Naila’s determination is the driving force behind everything she does. Community building and inclusivity is something she strives for. Naila is committed to supporting grassroots initiatives, understanding the importance of our community to drive social change and to create an inclusive and accepting society.

    Her reasons to run are not politically motivated or for self-gain, but rather for positive change in our community. She is not running for herself, but rather is running for those without a voice, for those who believe in equity and diversity, for those who want to make our community a better place, and for those who want a brighter future. Naila understands the needs of students today. As a fairly recent graduate from the Peel District Board, she sees the need for change and can empathize with the issues students and youth face today. Unlike many candidates, Naila has a passion for improving our education system to being more equitable and inclusive. Her passion has no boundaries. As a young woman, passionate about social change, education, and inclusivity Naila is the voice and face needed for our community today. So #TrustNaila on October 22, 2018.

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    Norma Fay NICHOLSON
    About Me:

    A three time published author, speaker, educator, youth and adult mental health advocate, Ms. Nicholson is a retired Registered Nurse, with a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Toronto, and an MA in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, USA.

    Norma is a recognized public speaker, part time Professor at Sheridan College, managed

    health care in a variety of hospital sectors; Community Care Access Centre and

    Provincial secure youth custody.

    She has served as President of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Peel and as

    member of the Board of Directors of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Past

    President of the Alzheimer Society of Peel Region, Advisory Board member to Free for

    All Foundation and the Community Advisory Board for the homeless in Peel Region.

    Norma is presently the Chair of the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board

    She has authored and published three books: “Young Lives on the Line: You can make

    and difference”, “Walking Miles in Sensible Shoes: A nurse looks back at her vocation”

    and “Canada My Furever Home: Codi’s Adventures”. She demonstrates in two books her

    overwhelming desire to advocate for the marginalized in our society and to ensure

    collaboration and integration of services for mentally healthy communities. She reaches

    across the world on behalf of animals and wrote her third book about rescuing a pet

    from South Korea and the positive impact this outreach is having in her family and a

    nursing home.

    Ms. Nicholson has been recognized on a number of occasions for her mentorship and

    community engagements. Most recently with the following awards: Rose Fortune

    Award, Ontario Black History Society; Leading Women Building Community, the Ontario

    Legislature; Fabulous Woman Community Engagement, Mississauga Community; Life

    Time Achievement in Nursing, Region of Peel RNAO Chapter and Excellence in Nursing

    Leadership, Jamaica Canadian Association of Nurses.

    Her motto is: Don’t just talk about the change you wish to see in the world but be that

    change agent

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    Lovely SHANKAR

Mississauga Wards 6,11

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Raj CHOPRA
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    Imrana CHOUDRY
    About Me:

    Dear Voters,

    I live in Ward 6 with my husband and four school-aged children. I have been a resident of Mississauga for over 30 years and attended school in the Peel region from K-12. I love this community and want to play an active part in creating the best education system

    for our students in Mississauga. I am running for School Board Trustee to ensure that the issues that are most important to parents will be the priority. Since the last election in 2014, math scores for students in Peel have continued to drop and the busing delays are on-going. These are just some of the fundamental issues that I will work to resolve. I will also focus on funding for mental health and wellness support for students including the hiring of mental health professionals in public schools. I will advocate on important issues that affect your children's education and values and help parents navigate changes in the curriculum.

    I have held a number of positions throughout my career that have given me experience in project management, IT management, strategic sourcing, business improvement, communications and marketing. My background combined with my motivation to see all students succeed in Peel, will mean a dedicated, responsible and forward-thinking school trustee, who understands the challenges we face as parents to ensure our children thrive in the system. Please visit my website to learn more.

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    Robert CROCKER
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    About Me:

    Robert Crocker

    Candidate for re-election as Peel District School Board Trustee -- Mississauga Wards 6&11

    Qualified, Experienced, and Dedicated

    It has been a great privilege to represent the citizens of Wards 6&11 since 2014, and I look forward to continuing this work for a second term.

    As trustee, I have served on the Physical Planning & Building Committee, the Instructional Programs/Curriculum Committee, the Student Census Committee, the Parent Involvement Committee, and others.

    I have represented the PDSB to the Indigenous Education Advisory Circle, the Mississauga Traffic Council, and Volunteer MBC.

    My record demonstrates my commitment first and foremost to the safety and well-being of our students, and to equity and inclusion for all – students, employees and families.

    We can and must do better when it comes to student transportation. I am further committed to 21st century learning and maintaining the high instructional standards of which the PDSB is justly proud.

    The Britannia Farm development will be PDSB’s lasting legacy and I am proud to support it, and I will work to maintain all of our vital community partnerships.

    New challenges await us. Our students, families and employees deserve qualified, experienced, and dedicated leadership, which is what I provide.

    I first came to Mississauga in 1985, as a history teacher at Streetsville Secondary School, later becoming Head of the Canadian and World Studies department.

    I was an active member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, serving as District President in 2008-09.

    Although I was born in Alberta, I was educated entirely in Ontario. I have an Honours B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Waterloo, and B.Ed. from the University of Toronto.

    My daughter was educated in Peel schools, starting at Vista Heights and ending at UTM. My eldest grandson is a kindergarten student in a Ward 11 school.

    I work a regular Monday shift at the food bank at Eden Food for Change, where I have accumulated over 1600 volunteer hours.

    You may contact me at, or see me on Twitter @TrusteeCrocker or on Facebook.

    Please visit my website

    Thank you!

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    Tina DAID
    About Me:

    Tina Daid is not a career politician; she is a fresh face, an accomplished Public Health professional and a published author. Tina grew up in our great city Mississauga, where her and her family have lived since 1987. Tina is a product of the public schools in Peel, attending primary, middle and high school in Mississauga. She attended the University of Toronto in Mississauga, where she earned a Bachelors of Science and proceeded to receive a Masters of Public Health where much of her research was focused on community health promotion and youth wellness.

    Through her volunteer work, Tina has had the opportunity to engage with young people where she promotes the importance of building confidence, inclusiveness and leadership in our young people. Tina is a strong leader to our next generation; she has mentored students both at the Peel District School Board and in the community through her Canadian Olympics mentorship tour.

    The time has come for a new generation of leaders who are reflective of the face of our changing community and knows its challenges. Tina Daid’s experience and education will serve Wards 6 & 11 of Mississauga well. She is a passionate voice and will be a strong seat at the table for the Peel English Public School Board of Education.

    -Masters of Public Heath Graduate

    -Published Public Health Author

    -Previous Board Member and Chair for Women and Children’s initiatives; Interim Place and Childonecare

    -Canadian Olympic Torchbearer

    -Junior Achievement Canada Ambassador

    “Working together we can address the issues that affect Mississauga students, and together we can continue to build a stronger Board of Education for our young people”. – Tina Daid

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    Jith DRAVIN
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    Glynis D'SOUZA
    About Me:

    Glynis D'souza has been a resident of Mississauga for the past 20 years along with her husband, Royston and two sons Reuben and Gabriel. Her objective is to serve the community on issues that truly matter to families, through Connection, Competence and Conviction. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and Economics and is a Corporate executive at Capgemini, a technology solutions company in Mississauga, with over 25 years' experience in project delivery. She is also a Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach with the John Maxwell Leadership Team as well as a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmasters International. She has conducted several Youth Leadership Programs in Mississauga and is a passionate champion for mentoring exceptional leaders and communicators. More

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    Dharmarajah GNANAKUMAR
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    Harjinder JHEETEY
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    David LI
    About Me:

    David Li’s priorities as a Trustee Candidate for Ward 6 and 11 in Mississauga:
    Enforce strict anti-bully policy; If you bully other kids, you will be send home; Take active measures to ensure student's safety in school; Invest more efforts and money on Math education to improve students' Math; Encourage student to take 2nd language (like French or other popular languages) as a Credited compulsory course for all Peel District School Board students (In Mississauga, the top Non-official languages are Urdu, Polish, Panjabi, Chinese); Select the highest quality school bus company; ; Hire more qualified teachers to match the diverse students' population; Put more sports into class to relieve kids' obesity.
    David Li, Library Assistant, Master degree.

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    Mian Omer RASHEED
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    George VARGHESE

Mississauga Wards 9,10

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    John BEBAWY
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    Nokha DAKROUB
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    Victoria GHANDOUR
    About Me:

    Victoria is a lifelong learner with a passion for education.

    She graduated from York University with a double major in Law & Society and Philosophy. Inspired by the role public service has on the lives of Canadians, she continued her education, earning a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University. Her formal education continued through studying Information Access and Protection of Privacy at the University of Alberta and attaining a designation as a Certified Information Privacy Manager.

    She's advocates for fairness, equity and improved access to education. This personal commitment drew her to work with the diverse and expansive Mississauga population. Some of which included working with: non-profits, small businesses, municipal and provincial government, accessibility associations, parents and students and higher-risk populations.

    Over 10 years ago, she settled her family's roots in Mississauga where:

    She is a resident of Lisgar

    She has served on professional boards, including, the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasures of Ontario and the International Association of Privacy Professionals

    She has two young children attending school in Ward 9

    She works in municipal government and volunteers at her children's school

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    LeeAnn LLOYD
    About Me:

    With over 30 years experience in the nonprofit and public sector, LeeAnn is passionate about building relationships and working with and for families and communities.

    LeeAnn and her family have been residents of Mississauga since 1983 in the Meadowvale and central Erin Mills communities. She took an active role in her children’s education. She volunteered in the classroom, helped out in a variety of roles from school trips to reading buddy support, serving pizza, to photocopying for knapsack materials. Moving to central Erin Mills where she lives today, her sons went to the John Fraser family of schools. From elementary to high school, LeeAnn was an active member of the parent councils. She brought her passion for ensuring that every child be able to experience field trips and extra-curricular activities and advocated for school fund-raising dollars to be made available to do so. She was a strong parent voice for criminal record checks for all school volunteers in the early 2000s and proponent of school safety initiatives.

    As a professional LeeAnn has had a successful career starting in the non profit sector delivering services at the grass roots level in the violence against women and children sectors. She worked for systems’ change on major social issues, child abuse and domestic violence, fair access to supports for children and families. She then moved on to regional and municipal government where she held senior advisory, project

    management and leadership positions in Social Services and Public Works Departments. She brings extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development, governance, and business planning and has worked with all three levels of government. She is acutely aware of the difficult balance of maintaining fiscal responsibility of tax payers' dollars while providing necessary, responsive and growing public services.

    She has a degree in Psychology and several certifications including Advanced Leadership and Adult Education. She is married with two sons and a new grand daughter.

    Known for her warm and professional approach, LeeAnn enjoys working with teams and the community to solve problems, set goals, and prioritize what’s most important.

    Recently retired, LeeAnn is ready to bring her dedication and commitment to children and families in the Ward 9 and 10 communities as their Board Trustee with the Peel District School Board.

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    Tahir MALIK
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    Christopher Suart TAYLOR
    About Me:

    I am a part of this community. I am a true citizen of Mississauga.

    You may have seen me jogging or walking my dogs through Sugar Maple Woods. You've probably said 'good morning' to me by the tennis courts and dog park near John Fraser. We have probably crossed paths in Erin Mills Town Centre.

    What you may not know is that my life is also built on education.

    My parents are both educators – my mother was a primary school principal, and my father taught at a high school in Mississauga. My sister is a French Immersion teacher, also in Mississauga.

    I was born and raised in Mississauga, and lived in Ward 9 since I was three years old. I have seen and experienced firsthand how Ward 9 and 10 have grown at an incredible pace in the past few decades, specifically the number of new English Public Schools.

    I was born, educated, and deeply connected to the public education system in Mississauga. I believe that our education shapes who we are as people in the world.

    It has shaped who I am.

    I went to primary, secondary, and even university in Mississauga, at the University of Toronto – Mississauga (UTM). The public education system we provide our children here in this city is the best. I am a product of this system and it's time for me to say 'thank you' and give back just a little bit of what this city has given me.

    The public education system here has given me the tools to earn a PhD at one of Canada's best universities. I currently work in professional development for the Government of Ontario and teach at the University of Waterloo and Laurier University.

    I want every single student in Ward 9 and 10 to have the same opportunities that I had. I want them to have the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

    For the past four years, I have participated as a stakeholder member at one of the many committees at the City of Mississauga, and now want to unite my dedication to education to my civic responsibility.

    I am planning on living in Mississauga – and Ward 9 – for the rest of my life. I am committed to serving the place where I live and the place that has made me who I am.

    I will proudly represent this community with same values that I bring to my classroom – openness, objectivity, and fairness.

Brampton Wards 1,5

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Claudette ALCOCK
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    Rajwinder GHUMAN
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    David GREEN
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    Yusuf KHAN
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    Rita PERSAUD
    About Me:


    Thank you for taking the time to read this short note about me. My name is Rita Persaud. I’m a long-time resident of Peel Region and a mother of two adult children, who both attended Peel public schools.


    An Entrepreneur, a Certified Mentor, Business Coach and a Broker. For over 25 years, I have been educating and helping families make the best decision in one of their most valuable investment.


    We are a very diverse community. It is important to focus on the inclusiveness of all students and the success of each and everyone, no matter their differences and learning ability.

    Our Common Goals:

    • The transparency of the school board, its decision when it directly affect the students and the use of education funds.

    • The importance of open communication between the school board and all students, teachers, parents and the community.

    • The creation of learning environment that allow for individual differences and learning styles.

    • Working collectively with the other school board trustees to improve our education system.

    • Promote a safe, orderly, caring and supportive environment, where each student’s self-esteem is fostered by positive relationships with other students and staff.

    I pledge to communicate the decisions of the board that would affect our education system, our children's future, and our community.

Brampton Wards 3,4

Number of Available Seats: 1

Brampton Wards 2,6

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Arun Thomas ALEX
    About Me:

    "Public Education is a right. It is a right to be educated, not a luxury.”

    I am Arun Thomas Alex, a Brampton resident for over 15 years, running for PEEL SCHOOL BOARD Trustee for wards 2 and 6. I take pride in being the father of my 2 children who attend PEEL public school. My kids are my primary motivation to make a difference and intend to stand up for them and their unique generation of learners. I feel that it is extremely important to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students by creating a safe, welcoming learning environment in which students are fully engaged and valued as individuals where they flourish to reach their full potential.

    I am a project manager by profession and has a degree in Business Administration. I have set up workplace policies and standards and has been recognized for timely implementation of identified goals. I have experience in creating vision, holding leaders accountable with clear deliverables and making tough budget decisions.

    Diversity, equity and inclusiveness are a way of life for us, Canadians. I strongly believe in teamwork and listening. Mine is a grass root campaign-of the people, by the people and for the people

    A firm believer in accountability at all levels, I intend to achieve exceptional collaborative outcomes. I have volunteered countless hours for child and youth development, young family initiatives and have been involved in many capacities in church activities. Also volunteered in major fund raising events related to Mental Health Awareness.

    With my vast leadership experience in organizational governance, I will be able to reach out effectively to students, staff, parents and the general public. I will be committed to serving you with a fresh perspective by being Accessible, Trustworthy and Accountable.

    As your trustee, I will ensure EVERY CHILD SUCCEEDS by working tirelessly to;

    -Equip each child to reach full potential through structured learning plan

    -Streamline implementation of validated new learning initiatives

    -Create awareness of regional programs to parents/students

    -Ensure healthy balance between academics and life skills

    -Promote safe and inclusive learning environment

    -Improve transparency of PDSB resources

    -Improve parent/teacher collaboration

    Facebook - @Thomas4PeelTrustee

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    Will DAVIES
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    Harjot Singh GILL
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    Andrew MENDOZA
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    Mansoor MIRZA
    About Me:

    I am an experienced and strong advocate for public education. I was high school teacher for O & A Level Maths with a British Education System prior to coming to Canada. I got vast experience in servicing the community by managing fast food operation of a multibrand world wide chain in south west Ontario and was training manager and operation specialist for South west Ontario for about ten years. Then later I was an entrepreneur and owned franchise business for about eight years before coming to Real Estate profession. I am father of two kids and very passionate about teaching also teach real estate courses and train newcomers in this profession. I also teach classes in different Brokerages.

    Coaching and training is life goal therefore Volunteer to coach community kids by teaching free maths classes in community Sunday Schools, and recently selected by TREB to volunteer as a member of the professional development committee for next two years.

    As an active Humanitarian I help "Humanity First" an international Charity organization and supports the city of Brampton by "Adopt A Park" program by adopting one park my neighbourhood "Fletcher's Parkette" on Springhurst Ave, Brampton.

    As my role of a school trustee, I like to practice good stewardship with the potential to create greater partnerships with parents, students, teachers and key stakeholders, within the school system. My priority will be to focus on continuing relationships, reciprocity, and participation, to make dramatic changes, that will improve and promote excellence in education for students and adults. Importance of peace and positive behaviour of children by engaging more and more parents and communities. Focus on creating a secure environment for students. Balance the budget of funding Development plans and achieving goals. Children are our FUTURE, Improved support for children with special needs.

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    Faraz SALEEM
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    Raman VASUDEV
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    Odoi YEMOH
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    He is currently a Professor at Humber College teaching Mathematics & Finance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Business Administration) from York University. He is a Certified Financial Planner and associate fellow of the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) as well as the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE). Odoi has also completed Negotiations and Competitive Decision-Marking program at Harvard Business School (HBS).

    Odoi has several years of experience in Financial Management and has served as the President and of the Students Association at York University.

    Odoi has held positions such as a Senior Financial Analyst, Corporate Planning in a major fortune 500 Canadian firm in Toronto He provides free online coaching to aspiring Finance and Tax professionals in Canada.

    He worked as a Senior Financial Analyst with UPS Canada and Purolator. Prior experience includes working as a Financial Consultant with Investors Group and as a Senior Financial Analyst with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. He is also the Executive Director of Reality Capital Management.

    Odoi is also the current Treasurer of the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church of Toronto, Canada.


Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Dmytro BASMAT
    About Me:

    My name is Dmytro Basmat, I've lived in Bolton for the past 5 year with my family, and I want to become your Public School Trustee to make a difference in the lives of students. While my opponent will talk about experience, I'll talk about something more important - vision. We need to put a focus on the BIG issues in Caledon and our School Board. Whether it be providing mental health resources, a poverty reduction strategy, or leveling the playing field with technology and busing allocation. As a Ryerson University student I know first hand about the issues that young people are faced with, I've seen it myself coming out of high school only 2 years ago. It's time for us to think BIG!

    My experience comes from my work in mental health non-profits, a drug harm reduction students group, and being a main advocate for the Peel Youth Charter. This, along with the fact that I am the only Trustee candidate in Caledon with an outlined platform and vision, is why you should elect a young, energetic leader that cares about his community and students.

    Twitter: @DmytroBasmat

    Instagram: @DmytroBasmat

    Facebook: Dmytro Basmat for Trustee

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    Stan CAMERON
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    I have been the public school board trustee representing Caledon on the Peel District School Board for the past 8 years. I am completing my 2nd term of office as the trustee. There are 5 wards in Caledon represented by 1 public school trustee. I just retired in June from a 37 year career teaching Social Psychology at Centennial College, Scarborough. Debbie and I have been married for 36 years. We live in Palgrave. We have 2 daughters; both work in the field of education. One is the research ethics officer at Brock University (and studying in a PhD program) and one is a Kindergarten teacher. Education is a strong core value for our family. I have 2 college diplomas - Correctional Work and Recreation Leadership, an undergrad degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Education. I am the candidate with experience from the classroom, to the staff room to the boardroom. More

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    Amandeep SINGH

Brampton Wards 7,8

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Zain ALI
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    Carrie ANDREWS
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    Michael J. GYOVAI
    About Me:

    Michael is a proud Bramptonian, driven and inspired by our communities and the children, youth, seniors and families that live in the them.

    Michael was awarded the honour and designation of being Brampton's 2017 Citizen Award Winner - Volunteer of the Year.

    Driven by a passion to champion positive change in how our City and Region operates and builds a stronger, more welcoming culture for all that call Brampton Home.

    As an Ontario Paralegal and Community Leader, in addition to being a a Life Time Bramptonian, Community and Education Advocate and Activist, Michael works and volunteers everyday as the Resource Development Manager with YOUR Boys and Girls Club of Peel, the Brampton Board of Trade 2018 Community Impact Award winner.

    Only TOGETHER, we have the opportunity in 2018 and over the following 4 years, bring REAL positive and forward thinking changes for our youth, our school staff and the communities that support the families of schools.

    "Growing together, One family, One Community at a time."

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    Lynne LAZARE
    About Me:

    MY PLEDGE: Working with parents and schools to provide the best quality of education that every child deserves.
    As a person with a passion for education, my intention for becoming a Trustee is, in fact, for the sole purpose of being just that, an advocate for children and parents in their quest for a better education. I will not use this position as a stepping stone in hopes of launching a political career as so many do who follow their paths beyond the role of Trustee. I want to assure the Brampton school community that my focus is entirely about being your school board representative, to listen with an open mind to parents and children, to be your voice as liaison between the school community and the school board as we promote and resolve issues of concern together.

    Who am I?

    · Brampton resident (Ward 7) for 36 years. (It is essential that one live in the community one is representing.)
    · Educator for 36 years, which includes: teaching at the Peel District School Board for 14 years, and as a university T.A., guiding teacher candidates
    · Worked in the Research Grants and Contracts office of a major university
    · Member of the Ontario College of Teachers, in good standing

    · Classroom volunteer with the Peel District School Board
    · Volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation, volunteer for July 1st events on Parliament Hill

    · Parent Council Involvement (Chair, the first year it was introduced into the school system).

    · Bachelor of Education Degree from McGill University
    · Masters of Education Degree from York University
    · Extensive research for 200 page Thesis on how children learn math
    · University Scholar

    · Children attended Ward 7 schools from JK to grade 12

    My Goals for Student Success

    · Harnessing parent support for fixing the funding formula

    · Promoting the fundamental belief that Special Needs children do not have disabilitiesbut rather different abilities

    · Budgeting decisions taking into account the cultural makeup, socioeconomic factors, and demographics of the community

    · Working with parent councils and schools to create conditions that help promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills in children, including eliminating math phobia
    · Listening to parent councils to hear what they truly want in terms of the curriculum, for example, the sex ed curriculum

    · Seeking ways to partner with local businesses as a means of educating students for the jobs of the future and to encourage student leadership

    · Allocating funds for sports activities in such a way that it levels the playing field for all families (i.e. affordable for all, not just some)

    · Ensuring the Education Act is properly interpreted and adhered to

    · Setting in motion a plan to redesign and implement Indigenous Studies

    · Bringing an awareness of and seeking ways to eliminate mental health issues in students

    · Promoting safety, healthy choices and respect for others

    How you can help
    · Contact me during the election campaign to broach further issues or make suggestions about what you think needs to be fixed with regards to our children's education.

    · Contact me to ask for a sign on your lawn

    · Be a volunteer for my campaign, or make a donation in some other capacity

    Other Considerations
    The lifespan of my career has always been education-based.
    In my role as teacher and organizer of school or community events, I always saw the need to invite and include the School Trustee whenever possible. In my role as School Trustee, I would always make it my business to participate in the life of the school.
    In my role as teacher of the Health curriculum, I have witnessed the impact of the different approaches to the teaching of sex ed. I bring this experience to my position as School Trustee regarding any necessary decision-making in this regard.

    I am committed to always striving to be that all important: Link2Learning

    I have been running throughthis community for 36 years, now I wish to run forthis community as Public School Board Trustee. I will bring the same dedication and persistence to my role as your Trustee, should I be fortunate to be elected. Thank you for listening. I will now listen to all of you....
    I look forward to working with parents and
    schools to provide the best quality of education
    that every child deserves

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    Garner F. LIVERPOOL
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    Jashan SINGH

Brampton Wards 9,10

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Albert EVANS
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    Janice GORDON
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    Theresa GUIDOLIN
    About Me:

    Safety & Equitable Education are important areas that I will want to immediately work on. With my past experience as a Youth Integration & Program Facilitator, as well as a Youth Job Developer, I bring experience that no other candidate brings to the table. I has mentored youth-led non-profit organizations that started in Ward 9 & 10, as well as mentored some very succesful young adults in my community. I volunteer as a youth leadership leader to help our young people towards successful and better choices. I have worked with reputable and long standing organizations like TCET, United Achievers and Carabram. I have facilitated a Youth Arts Initiative project & Youth Entrepreneurship Meet ups. I believe in the saying that "it takes a village to raise a child", so open and transparent communication between the community and our educators is a big way towards helping a child grow into a successful well rounded adult. More

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    Mazhar KHAN
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    Ashman KHROAD
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    I am an ordinary citizen with a vision. A vision of equitable society where every person has an opportunity to succeed. The pathway to success starts in the education system, it starts in Kindergarten! The education system is the foundation of our society. I was a student in Ward 10 from 2005 until 2012. At present, I am a resident in Ward 9. In 2012, I began my undergraduate studies at York University and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Specialized Honours in Accounting). Currently, I am in the final year of law school at University of Western Ontario. As a former member of Canadian Armed Forces, I worked with youth in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets program. Additionally, I was a Constituency Assistant in the Office of Hon. Bal Gosal, former federal Minister of Sports. I know the importance of communication between elected representatives of the community and their constituents.

    As a former student of Peel region who has completed an undergraduate degree and is in the process of completing a professional degree, I have had many positive experiences during my school days. However, I have also first-hand experienced difficulties that can be eliminated with a better public education system. The problems are increasing rather than decreasing. We need to eliminate the problems. We need to take action now. We need to work hard for the students of Peel Region. We can eliminate the problems by working together to ensure the success of all Peel Students. I promise to create an even playing field for all students, irrespective of their differences. I promise to increase parent involvement in all the important decisions being made by the Peel District School Board.

    I am not an extraordinary person, I am one of you. If I am elected as your school trustee, we will work together to create an education system that works for every single student. Together, we will ensure that every single student in Wards 9 & 10 has all the resources they need to succeed in school.

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    Shilpa VIJ-SHARMA