Renaming Ryerson Heights
We want your ideas
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2021
In June 2021, Grand Erie’s Board of Trustees approved the request for renaming Ryerson Heights Elementary School. We are moving forward to break the connection between the legacy of Egerton Ryerson and our school and Grand Erie’s vision and mission.
|Above: Doug Ouellette, Principal of Ryerson Heights Elementary School.|
Now Grand Erie is looking for your input on a new name.
Please fill out the form below and tell us your idea for a name and explain why it’s so great!
Our policy governing school naming offers considerations that may apply in naming a school – including local geography, streets, historical names or events, or an individual with an outstanding and enduring contribution to the Grand Erie educational community.
What is the re-naming process?
Why are we re-naming Ryerson Heights?
There is a difference between history and legacy.
The name “Ryerson” on the school represents an alignment with the historical person of Egerton Ryerson. His legacy however, with respect to the establishment of the residential school system, is seen to be reprehensible through the devastating impact it has had on Indigenous people across Canada and in the communities Grand Erie serves.
It is time to formally recognize that Ryerson’s legacy does not align with Grand Erie’s mission to build a culture of learning, well-being and belonging to inspire each learner.
Please submit your information below and hit the Submit button once completed.