First off, I would like to truly thank those who helped and supported me during my run to be the Toronto District School Board Trustee in my home community of Don Valley East. Unfortunately we came in second place in a crowded 8 candidate race with only 225 votes (unofficial results) separating us from victory.
Although the result was not what we were hoping for, I am proud of the campaign that my team and I ran. We ran an open, honest and clean campaign focused on the issues facing the TDSB and even more importantly on the issues that many of our own neighbourhoods are facing. There is a saying that I truly believe in, “All politics is local”. We ran a great locally based campaign with many community members getting engaged in the political process for the very first time. I’m thankful for that.
Education is the great equalizer. It gives people an opportunity to succeed, regardless of who you are, where you came from, how much money you make or the colour of your skin. Some of you might know that my mom was a single mother. I was raised in a one bedroom apartment, but I was lucky. I was lucky to have a mother that cared about my future success. I was lucky to go to a great local neighbourhood school, Shaughnessy PS. I was lucky to go to a great Junior High School in Windfields JHS and an amazing High School at York Mills CI. I was lucky to go on and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and have a great job in the post-secondary education sector.
However, not every child is as lucky as I was. I was running for the children and families who don’t have the same opportunities I had in life. We’ve got to level the playing field and really and truly ensure that no child is left behind. In my role as a resident and as a community advocate, I will do what I can to advance that message and to help improve the lives of those that need our help the most.
I am truly humbled by the messages of thanks and support following our defeat. I am encouraged by the hope and trust that so many of my neighbours have placed in me.
Staying true to my belief that our communities matter, if there is a locally based community issue you would like my help on, please let me know. If you would like to have a coffee one day to discuss the issues facing our city and school board, please let me know. My door is always open. Please stay in touch. You can reach me direct on my cell phone at 416-838-9408 or you can e-mail me at email@example.com.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
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