Carolyn considers it an honour and a privilege to serve the families of Scugog Township as a Durham District School Board Trustee. Since assuming office in December 2010, she has taken her responsibilities seriously and advocated for all students. She feels that it is extremely important to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students, where every child is able to flourish and reach his/her potential. Creating a safe, welcoming learning environment where children are fully engaged, feel valued as individuals, and are challenged to be the best they can be, has been a prime objective. Carolyn has consistently emphasized the need to consider the whole child, advocating for programs which enhance the mental, physical and emotional well-being of all students.Biography:
Carolyn has much experience in the education sector. She is a retired elementary teacher with more that 36 years experience working with students in Grades 1 to 8. Most of her teaching career has been in Scugog Township schools, the area that she now represents as a trustee. In fact, she has worked with two generations of many families.
Keen to follow in the teaching footsteps of her mother and maternal grandmother, Carolyn knew that her aspirations lay in the classroom. Her grandmother, Laura Rowan, was a teacher in rural Ontario, before she was given the right to vote. These women were excellent role models and positive influences in Carolyn’s life.
Residing in Scugog for 40 years, Carolyn and her husband Brian have raised two children, Michelle and Bradley. She has been an active member in the community, serving in many capacities in her church. Presently, she is excited to be a “G Mom of Port Perry”, a group which supports the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Her hobbies include golfing, curling, reading, skiing, and theatre. Carolyn loves to spend time with her four grandchildren Hannah, Lauren, Sarah and Benjamin, who never cease to amaze her. She also enjoys discussing educational matters with her son-in-law, Sean, who is carrying on the family tradition of teaching.Her Role as a Trustee:
During the past three years, Carolyn has contributed in many capacities to the Durham District School Board. She has chaired the Education Finance Committee for two years, chaired the Mental Health Ad hoc Committee, served as an O.P.S.B.A.
representative, served on the Parent Engagement Committee, and was a member of the Communication Ad hoc Committee. Her involvement on the S.A.L. (Supervised Alternative Learning) team has been extremely rewarding as she works with students, their families, and staff to ensure student success. The highlight of her years as a trustee has been the development of the 2013 Mental Health Strategic Plan, titled “Linking Healthy Minds for a Positive Future
”. This plan was the culmination of much hard work by staff and trustees. A link to this document has been provided.In Summary:
Dr. Michael Fullan, special advisor for the Ministry of Education, has identified six skills that students need to develop in order to be successful in the 21st century. These skills are known as the 6 Cs. They are COLLABORATION, CREATIVITY, CHARACTER EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION, CITIZENSHIP, and CRITICAL THINKING. Carolyn feels strongly that these 6 Cs are applicable to all, regardless of age. She encourages everyone to be reflective in demonstrating those 6 Cs whether it is in the classroom, in the board room, or at the dining room table.Carolyn’s Picks:
Recommended Reading for Parents to share with their children.
Old favourites are:
1. FLY AWAY HOME by Eve Bunting- A picture book which recognizes the tragedy of homelessness and the power of positive thinking.
2. NORBERT NIPKIN by Robert McConnell- A picture book which teaches us to appreciate diversity and value friendships.
And a new favourite is:
3. WONDER by R.J. Palacio- A story about bullying which appeals to junior and intermediate students.