A Crisis In Schools
School board trustees are elected officials who are supposed to serve the community and, above all, students.
Parents of Black Children has taken the time to evaluate the performance of trustees, record any instances of anti-Black racism, and also share information about trustees who are strong advocates.
While trustees with limited information may not have instances of anti-Black racism or strong advocacy that ends up in the news, their silence speaks volumes. Silence is complicity in the harm perpetuated against Black students and their families in Ontario schools. Trustees must actively stand up for what is right and make their support for the the fight against anti-Black racism in Ontario schools known.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and is constantly evolving. If you have information to share about the conduct of trustees, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
**NOTE** In 2020 the DDSB fired its first ever integrity commissioner after she cautioned trustees against obstructing her work. Former trustee Ashley Noble resigned in protest. PoBC therefore has deep concerns about the ability of any of the DDSB Board of Trustees to operate in the best interests of Black and other racialized students. Click here for more.
Patrice Barnes (Town of Ajax Wards 1 and 2 & Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee)
Carolyn Morton (Townships of Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge & Chairperson of the Board)
Christine Thatcher (Township of Whitby & Vice Chairperson of the Board)
Michael Barrett (City of Oshawa)
Chris Braney (City of Pickering)
Paul Crawford (City of Pickering)
Donna Edwards (Town of Ajax, Ward 3 & Chairperson Education Finance)
Darlene Forbes (City of Oshawa)
Niki Lundquist (Township of Whitby)
Instances of Anti-Black Racism: Unknown.
Scott Templeton (Township of Whitby)
Linda Stone (City of Oshawa)