A Year-End Message from the Director
of Education


This past school year challenged us to adjust to a ‘new normal’ once again. It was filled with uncertainly, sudden changes and challenges both professional and personal. After we adjusted to that new normal, and found ways to learn, succeed and thrive within it, we were challenged again. And again. The ‘new normal’ become an ever-evolving concept. But one thing we can be certain of as we look ahead to the 2022-23 school year is that we will rise to the occasion once again, and again, if necessary. We know we can do it together. 

Thank you to Grand Erie families. You have been through a difficult, uncertain time in education along with us. You have so much to be proud of in both the support and encouragement you’ve given your children, and how much they’ve achieved as a result of that support. Together, we’ve worked to bridge digital divides, replicated the routines of the classroom at home as best we can, and when we could, provide lunch programs, extracurricular activities and sports – with safety precautions in place. Thank you for the trust you place in us and the work we do together to build a culture of learning, well-being and belonging to inspire each learner. We couldn’t do it without you, and we can’t wait to continue this work next year. 

To our Class of 2022 graduates, whether moving on to secondary, beginning a new grade, or embarking on the exciting post-secondary adventures that await: Be proud of your accomplishments. You have succeeded during a time of unprecedented adversity. May you always have new opportunities come your way, and may you always find success through whatever challenges might come as well, just as you’ve proven you can already. Anything is possible – all you have to do is believe in yourself. 

As we head into the summer months and enjoy a well-deserved chance to relax and recharge our batteries, I hope you have the opportunity to reflect on the year that’s been, and how far we’ve all come. As we look to the start of the new year, we know we have the wisdom and experience we need to be optimistic and hopeful. And we know we find plenty of new opportunities to learn, lead and inspire, whatever ‘normal’ might look like then.

With gratitude,

JoAnna Roberto, Ph.D.
Director of Education,
Grand Erie District School Board

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