Caption: David Dean (shown right) was elected the new Chair of the Grand Erie District School Board. Brian Doyle, standing to David's left, was elected as the new Vice-Chair.
David Dean, a City of Brantford Trustee, has been elected 2016 Chair of the Grand Erie District School Board, a position previously held by Carol Ann Sloat, who served two consecutive terms.
“It is a privilege to represent the Grand Erie District School Board as Chair of the Board,” said David Dean.
“I look forward to working with my elected colleagues on behalf of the students, families and other citizens within the many diverse communities of the Grand Erie District School Board. The student as the learner is at the centre of our system and the sole reason for its existence. We shall be persistent in addressing and meeting the needs of all learners and providing a high standard of education for all.”
Trustee Dean was first elected in 2010 and held the position of Vice-Chair in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Dean served on Board committees including the Supervised Alternative Learning Committee, Native Advisory Committee and Quality Accommodations Committee. His generous service to the community is also reflected in the support he provided to the Kiwanis Field at Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School and to the most vulnerable residents of Brant County and the City of Brantford as former President of Brant United Way.
Although retired now, David Dean was the principal at Burford District High School, Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School and North Park Collegiate-Vocational School.
Trustee Brian Doyle has been elected Vice-Chair of the Board. Trustee Doyle has represented Haldimand County since 2006 and has served on the Student Discipline Committee, the Education Week Committee and the School Year Calendar Committee. He also Co-Chaired the Haldimand Secondary School Accommodation Review Committee and is the current Chair of the Haldimand Elementary East Accommodation Review Committee.
“The challenges that we face in delivering quality education to families in Grand Erie can be met with strong leadership and a willingness to do what is best for all students,” said Doyle. “As Vice-Chair, I will work with my Trustee colleagues and listen to the voices in our communities to find the opportunities that will make our vision a reality for our students.”
The Board's Inaugural Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2015 at 7:15 p.m.
Director Brenda Blancher acknowledged Carol Ann Sloat for her role and dedication as Chair of the Board on behalf of Senior Administration, the Board of Trustees and everyone at Grand Erie District School Board. Brenda, shown left, presented Carol Ann with a gift on behalf of the Board.
Carol Ann has served as Chair for four terms since first elected in 2003. She was Chair in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015.