June 11, 2019

Peel board appoints Mark Haarmann associate director of school support services

The Peel District School Board has appointed Mark Haarmann as associate director of school support services, effective Aug. 1, 2019. Haarmann replaces Wendy Dowling who retires at the end of July.

In this position, Haarmann will supervise and support the board's 13 superintendents of education and the superintendent of leadership development and school support services to implement board policies, programs and initiatives. "Mark is a collaborative leader who builds consensus and inspires leadership within the organization," says Chair of the Board Stan Cameron. "He is a skilled, solution-oriented problem-solver with an outstanding reputation for safe and inclusive policy directives and operations. Mark's creative and unwavering commitment to supporting positive outcomes for students and families will help the Peel board achieve the goals in the Plan for Student Success."

Haarmann is currently superintendent of leadership development and school support services. Prior to this, he was:

  • superintendent of education (K to 12) for Fletcher's Meadow and Heart Lake families of schools and Parkholme School
  • superintendent of education (elementary) for Brampton Centennial (Royal Orchard), Central Peel, Heart Lake and Fletcher's Meadow families of schools
  • staffing officer in Human Resources Support Services

Haarmann joined the Peel board as a vice-principal at Northwood Public School in 2001. He then became principal at Sir John A. Macdonald Sr. Public School in 2003.

​Dowling retires August 31, 2019. She has served as associate director of student support services since Aug. 1, 2017. Says Cameron, "During her 31 years with the Peel board, Wendy​ has modelled our character attributes and has been a tireless supporter of student success. Her passion for learning and leadership has positively impacted thousands of students, families and staff members," notes Cameron. "Her many contributions and exemplary service are truly appreciated. We wish her all our very best in retirement."

The Peel board serves more than 155,000 students in kindergarten to the end of secondary school, as well as thousands of adult learners. Operating 257 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is the largest employer in Peel. For more information, visit the board's website.

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Media contact:  Stan Cameron, Chair of the Board, stan.cameron@peelsb.com, 905-880-1162

​Reference:  Carla Pereira, Director of Communications and Community Relations, carla.pereira@peelsb.com, 905-890-1010 ext. 2812 or 416-347-1081

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