Statement from the Chair and Director on Trustee Social Media Activity

Posted On Tuesday December 13, 2022

The DDSB is aware of the recent public twitter activity of Trustee Linda Stone. The DDSB does not monitor or maintain this account. This social media activity does not reflect the work of, and is contrary to the commitment, values and actions of, the DDSB, the Board of Trustees and the Senior Team. Many trustees and staff have received concerns from the community on this topic and about the harm it is causing them or the ones they love. 

School board trustees are elected by eligible voters in the municipal election. School boards do not have the power under the Education Act to remove a trustee for conduct. 

This recent activity is a distraction from the work that the Board of Trustees and staff are undertaking to promote and uphold the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Board’s Human Rights Policy and centre the lived experiences and identities of students, staff and community members in the work that takes place every day across the DDSB. 

The DDSB strives to create learning and working environments that are safe, equitable, inclusive, respectful and welcoming of all identities. We recognize the effects of historical and ongoing oppression, discrimination and hate because of ancestry, race, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed/religion and all other Human Rights Code protected grounds. We acknowledge past and current traumas and are committed to building a system that challenges all forms of discrimination and that supports, respects, affirms, and embraces the diverse identities of students, staff and community members. 

This is in addition to some of the work that has recently taken place across the DDSB to support 2SLGBTQI communities including but not limited to the Board of Trustees approval to include inclusive washrooms in new school builds, the MyName Initiative, District-wide virtual GSAs and GSA clubs at schools, professional learning for staff led by the Visible Everyday Committee, the Board of Trustees passing of the District’s first Human Rights Policy and Procedures and updates to our Learning Resource Selection Policy and Procedures to be reflective of all identities, the sharing of resources with staff, and many other initiatives and activities across the District – including past public statements in response to a similar topic and on Transgender Day of Visibility

The Board of Trustees and staff continue to actively address transphobia, racism and all other forms of discrimination and hate in our schools and workplaces.

Donna Edwards
Chair, Board of Trustees 

Norah Marsh
Director of Education