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YCDSB TRUSTEE RATING
Board of Trustees
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
Dominic Mazzotta (Richmond Hill & Chair of the Board)
Issues: In an anti-Black racism consultation with parents on November 21, 2019 where Parents of Black Children was present, Trustee Mazzotta said that he understood racism because he took a trip to Barbados where he (as white person) was a minority. When it was pointed out how problematic his comments were attempted to defend himself by pointing out how his family “saved” a Black family by helping them when he was young. Dominic Mazzotta has repeatedly demonstrated his inability to understand racism or commit himself to equity work in any of his interactions with PoBC.
Carol Cotton (Markham Area 1 Wards 1,2 ,3 ,6 Thornhill/Unionville & Co-Chair of the Board)
Elizabeth Crowe (Aurora/King/Whitchurch-Stouffville)
Teresa McNicol (East Gwillimbury/Georgina/Newmarket)
James Ecker (Markham Area 2 Waeds 4,5,6,8 Milliken/Markham/Unionville)
Maria Iafrate (Richmond Hill)
Rose Cantisano (Vaughan Ward 1 Maple/Kleinburg)
Dino Giuliani (Vaughan Ward 2 Woodbridge)
Maria Marchese (Vaughan Ward 3 Woodbridge)
Jennifer Wigston (Vaughan Wards 4/5 Thornhill/Concord)