Director General's Report to Council for September 2022

by Cindy Finn, Director General, LBPSB

Back to School 


This marks our fourth week of classes, and it is fair to say we had a successful launch of the new school year. Although we had some busing disruptions in the first few days of school, by and large our school transportation network is now running well. A very big word of thanks to our team in transportation services for their efforts to work with our carriers to troubleshoot ongoing bus driver shortage issues. 


Many of the activities we typically associate with the start of a new school year – meet the teacher night, curriculum evenings, governing board meetings, back to school corn roasts and bbqs, school spirit and after school activities are again taking place. Seeing regular activities resume in person and reviving the typical rituals of school life in person have been a very welcome change of pace from the last two school years.


On the first day of classes, I paid a visit to St. Thomas High School. There, I witnessed the future class of 2026 (our grade 7 cohort) as they began navigating their transition to secondary school. Moving from elementary to high school means embracing a lot of new experiences and expectations – a new schedule that changes daily, a new and larger school building with many corridors and classrooms to explore, new lockers and combination locks to manage, new teachers and staff to meet, and new classmates to befriend. It was wonderful to see staff helping these students adjust to all things new in their world, and it was terrific to see the smiles on everyone’s faces as these grade 7 students acclimatized to their new surroundings. I was also impressed to see the transformation that has taken place in the St. Thomas building over the last year or so. The renovations that were undertaken to maximize the space of the school plant and upgrade the facilities are truly impressive. 


I was also fortunate to visit Springdale Elementary on a sunny September morning a few weeks ago. I was invited to observe the CAA student patrol in action, an initiative involving a group of gr. 5 and 6 students who have volunteered to be outside in the parking lot each morning to greet parents dropping off their children and help escort their classmates into the school safely. These students receive training by CAA and the socio-community police officers and learn about the importance of school safety. It was gratifying to see these students serving as safety ambassadors. In talking with them I was impressed with how seriously they take their responsibilities. It was a powerful reminder of the important role that everyone plays in creating safe and caring school environments. 


Community Connections


My visits are not only limited to schools and centres. On Sept 7th, I attended the grand opening of the Overture with the Arts (OWTA) new Arts and Culture Centre. Overture with the Arts is one of the many community organizations with long standing ties to the Lester B. Pearson community. Their bright and vibrant space in Pierrefonds-Roxboro will serve as an important gathering place for youth interested in the programs offered by Overture with the Arts such as art classes, theatre workshops, day camps and movie nights. Congratulations to Akilah Newton and her dedicated team; I wish OWTA all the best in this new phase of growth for their organization. 


The rest of this month will be filled with other activities such as the Terry Fox Run, Orange Shirt Day, and a pedagogical day on Sept. 23 that will be devoted to professional learning and working on individual education plans for students who require additional support and adaptations. 


Best wishes for a great school year!


It is wonderful to see the positive energy and enthusiasm in all corners of our organization. We have begun the school year in a good way, and I wish every continued success to our students and staff. 

Allan Levine

Elected in Pointe-Claire East

Bart Sellitto

Elected in Pierrefonds West

Marion Roberts

Elected in LaSalle South

Diane Ratcliffe

Elected in St. Lazare/Hudson

Daniel O’Reilly

Elected in Verdun/Nun’s Island

Antoinette Modric

Elected in LaSalle North-East

Margaret Manson

Elected in Pointe-Claire West

Victor Levis

Elected in Dollard-des-Ormeaux Centre/West

Joel Hartt

Elected in Beaconsfield North

Howard Solomon

Elected in Roxboro/Pierrefonds East

Barbara Freeston

Elected in Dorval and Dorval Island

Sylvia Di Donato

Elected in Ile-Bizard/Pierrefonds

Frank di Bello

Elected in LaSalle West/Ville St. Pierre

Ann Cumyn

Elected in Ste. Anne de Bellevue/Baie D’Urfe/Beaconsfield South/Senneville

Patrick Carroll

Elected in Lachine

Eric Bender

Elected in Kirkland West

Susan Bartlett-Lewis

Elected in Ile Perrot

Cameron Sherry

Elected in Vaudreuil-Dorion/Hudson East, Les Cedres

Marcus Tabachnick

Elected in Dollard des Ormeaux Centre

Joe Zemanovich

Elected in Dollard des Ormeaux
West/Kirkland East

Remi Poliquin


Leo La France

Founding Assistant Director General

Catherine Prokosh

Founding Director General

Ralph Tietjen

Parent Commissioner

Steven Tamas

Elected in Dollard des Ormeaux East

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