December 4, 2017

Peel board chair believes, "public education empowers people, and supports democracy, equity and inclusion"

Janet McDougald acclaimed as chair, Suzanne Nurse acclaimed as vice-chair at organizational meeting  

At their annual meeting on Dec. 4, Peel District School Board trustees acclaimed Janet McDougald, trustee for Mississauga wards 1 and 7, as chair. McDougald has been a trustee for 29 years, has served as chair for 20 years and was previously vice-chair for three years. Suzanne Nurse, trustee for Brampton wards 2 and 6, was acclaimed as vice-chair. Nurse is starting her 12th year in public office.

​​​In her remarks, McDougald spoke to the year ahead, "As we head into an election year, we must continue to stand up for and protect public education. Public education empowers people, and supports democracy, equity and inclusion. Good governance plays a critical role in overcoming inequalities in education. I'm confident that together we can, through continuous progress on equity, achieve inclusion for all."

​Continued McDougald, "This is our most important work, and sometimes, it's our most challenging work because we are faced with opponents to what is right, just and good—opponents to a society, to a school system—where every child, every adult, should feel safe, respected, welcomed and included. We have been courageous and transparent in our work on anti-Black racism and our We Rise Together work, and we will continue to do so. We also remain committed to achieving inclusion for all through the continued support of marginalized students—our Black male students, our LGBTQ+ and Indigenous students, students who live in poverty, and our students with special education needs."

View McDougald's full remarks and Director of Education Peter Joshua's Annual Report to trustees.


Media contact: Janet McDougald, Chair, Peel District School Board, 905-278-1402,

Reference: Ryan Strang, Communications Officer, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 
ext. 2814,


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