Schools must meet the diverse needs and expectations of their students, parents and neighbourhoods.
- Every school should have strong academic, arts, technical and recreational programs.
- Schools need equitable resourcing (staff and dollars) based on student and community needs.
- Schools need support and leadership from the School Board to work with each other and to reach out to the broader community, including community associations, businesses and service providers to share resources and support student success.
Chris has supported strong schools by:
- helping parents advocate for their students' needs;
- working to strengthen the capacity of school councils to support their schools and students;
- assisting Ridgemont High School to develop community partnerships that increase support for students and families through the Ontario Ministry of Education Urban and Priority High Schools initiative;
- assisting with the opening of Rideau Lodge (similar to an Aboriginal community lodge) and moving it to Gloucester HS;
- supporting budget decisions that keep as many front line workers as possible.
"There were some serious problems within our elementary classroom that could not be resolved by teacher or principal. After several unsuccessful, frustrating meetings, I contacted Chris. He was friendly and a good listener. He acted immediately, put us in touch with the appropriate problem solvers, and within a few days, everything was settled. We should have contacted him sooner. Chris followed up shortly after to make sure our complaints had been dealt with successfully. Chris saved the year for this class. Thank you, Chris!"