do they get a passing grade?

YRDSB 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 in the York Region District School Board, record any instances of anti-Black racism, and provide a recommendation as to whether or not the Trustee should be re-elected.

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Cynthia Cordova (Board Chair & Rep. for Georgina)

 

 

 

 

 

PoBC Rating: D

Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

In a Trustee meeting on January 28, 2021 Trustee Cordova told Trustee Sinclair that she “didn’t like [Dr. Sinclair’s] tone” when Trustee Sinclair raised concerns about how the process of renaming Vaughan Secondary School was impacting the Black community. 

Allan Tam (Board Vice Chair & Rep. for Markham Wards 4 and 5)

 

 

 

 

PoBC Rating: Undetermined.
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

Unknown.

David Sherman (Budget Committee Chair & Rep. for Markham/Vaughan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PoBC Rating: F
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

David Sherman attempted to undermine the renaming of Vaughan Secondary School to Hodan Nalayeh Secondary School by questioning the legitimacy of the votes for the new name and suggesting there were “outsiders” who exerted undue influence on the process, going so far as to publicly post an email from ANCHOR (formerly VACA) on his personal Twitter account in an attempt to shame the organization for respectfully reaching out to him in an effort to explain why his words and actions are harmful to the Black community, and demonstrating his wish to select a name of his own choosing, without community consultation at all.

Thanks to community advocacy, his efforts were not successful. However, throughout this entire process David Sherman demonstrated his blatant anti-Black racism.

Elizabeth Terrell-Tracey (East Gwillimbury/Whitchurch-Stouffville)

 

 

 

 

 

PoBC Rating: F
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

From her first run for the position of trustee, Elizabeth Terrell-Tracey has demonstrated blantant anti-Black racism.

Her actions have been noted in national newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

A small collection of her words and actions include:

  • Stating in a public Facebook post that her opponent in the election, Lena Singh (who is a woman of colour), was from Guyana and warning voters that “You are backing someone not born in Canada” and “We need a trustee that was born in Canada … (Singh) was born and raised in Guyana. You deserve to know.”
  • In June 2019, the YRDSB voted unanimously that she had breached its board of conduct and banned her from attending school board meetings. As a result, since June of 2019 Terrell-Tracey has been receiving her salary for being a trustee withour performing her duties as trustee. 
Dr. Elizabeth Sinclair (Vaughan Wards 3 & 4)


PoBC Rating:
A

Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

None. Dr. Sinclair is a fierce advocate for the Black community and one of the few YRDSB Trustees who speaks up for what is right. 

Simon Cui (Richmond Hill Wards 1, 2 and, 4)
PoBC Rating: D
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

During the process of renaming Vaughan Secondary School to Hodan Nalayeh Secondary School, Simon Cui voted with David Sherman to subvert the wished of the community.

Please see details on David Sherman for more info.

Bob McRoberts (Aurora and King)
PoBC Rating: N/A
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

Unknown.

Ron Lynn (Markham Wards 2, 3 and 6)
PoBC Rating: N/A
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

Unknown.

Juanita Nathan (Markham Wards 7 and 8)
PoBC Rating: N/A
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

Unknown.

Nadeem Mahmoud (Vaughan Ward 1 and 2)
PoBC Rating: N/A
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

Unknown.

Linda Gilbert (Newmarket)
PoBC Rating: N/A
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

Unknown.

Cindy Liang (Richmond Hill Wards 3, 5 and 6)
PoBC Rating: N/A
Instances of Anti-Black Racism:

Unknown.

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