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New Ajax School Officially Named Viola Desmond Public School

June 28, 2018

School Will Be a Welcome Addition to the Community of North Ajax

School board members have selected the school name for the north Ajax community at Rossland Road and Audley Road. The new school will be Viola Desmond Public School.

Viola Desmond Public School is set to open this fall and will welcome community students to the opening of their newly named school, in honour of Canadian Black Nova Scotian businesswoman Viola Desmond.

Viola Desmond is best known for challenging racial segregation at a cinema in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. Desmond refused to leave a whites-only area of the theatre and helped start the modern civil rights movement in Canada. Desmond will also be the first Canadian-born woman to appear alone on Canadian currency when she is immortalized on the $10 bill, which is scheduled for circulation later this year.

Viola Desmond Public School is located at 39 Formosa Drive and will be 75,500 square feet, two-storeys, and fully-accessible.

"Viola Desmond Public School will be a welcome addition to the community of north Ajax," says Patrice Barnes, Trustee for Ajax (Wards 1 & 2). "We are very proud of the name chosen as it reflects the diversity of Ajax. Our students and parents are excited to have a community school they can call their own."

Michael Barrett, Chair of the DDSB, and Oshawa Trustee is pleased to be able to complete the process of naming schools in both Ajax and Oshawa. "The Durham District School board is pleased to announce the naming of our schools in Oshawa and Ajax. The names that have been chosen were completed through a consultative process that engaged our community and reflects the leadership and history of our communities," states Barrett. "We congratulate our communities and look forward to the contributing role these schools will play within their communities."


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