Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serves a critical function in the governance of school boards. The Board of Trustees at the Durham District School Board (DDSB) has 11 trustees who are elected for a four-year term and three student trustees who serve a one-year term. While trustees are elected by area, they work together as a Board of Trusteeon matters of policy in the best interests of parents and students from across Durham Region.  

Our trustees are important advocates for public education and are committed to student achievement and well-being. They serve as an important link to our diverse communities and often bring forward matters of concern to the Board table to facilitate meaningful discussion and policy making.  

Each Fall, Trustees hold internal elections to fill certain positions on the Board of Trustees and its Committees including: 

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees 

  • Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees (Chair of the Standing Committee) 

  • Vice Chair of the Committee of the Whole, Standing Committee 

  • Chair and Vice Chair of the Education Finance Committee 

  • Chair and Vice Chair of the Governance and Policy Committee

Meetings

Board and Committee meetings are regularly throughout the year. Review our Board and Committee meeting schedule and meeting minutes.

Meet the DDSB Board of Trustees

You may contact each Trustee directly by email or call the Office of the Trustees at 905-666-6363.

Michelle Arseneault
Michelle Arseneault

Trustee (elected from Whitby)

905-391-4201 

Email Michelle

Trustee Expenses

Tracy Brown
Tracy Brown

Trustee (elected from Whitby)

905-706-6523 

Email Tracy

Trustee Expenses

Emma Cunningham
Emma Cunningham

Trustee (elected from Pickering)

905-706-4916

Email Emma

Trustee Expenses

Donna Edwards
Donna Edwards

Chair of the Board

Trustee (elected from Ajax)

905-426-7045

Email Donna

Trustee Expenses

Stephen Linton
Stephen Linton

Trustee (elected from Pickering)

905-706-7490

Email Stephen

Trustee Expenses

Kelly Miller
Kelly Miller

Trustee (elected from Ajax)

905-706-3817 

Email Kelly

Trustee Expenses

Carolyn Morton
Carolyn Morton

Trustee (elected from Brock/Uxbridge/Scugog)

905-986-5525

Email Carolyn

Trustee Expenses

Deb Oldfield
Deb Oldfield

Trustee (elected from Oshawa)

905-391-0764 

Email Deb

Trustee Expenses

Shailene Panylo
Shailene Panylo

Trustee (elected from Oshawa)

905-391-0813 

Email Shailene

Trustee Expenses

Linda Stone
Linda Stone

Trustee (elected from Oshawa)

289-671-7374

Email Linda

Trustee Expenses

Christine Thatcher
Christine Thatcher

Vice Chair of the Board

Trustee (elected from Whitby)

905-425-0343  

Email Christine

Trustee Expenses

 

 Committee Membership
Committee Membership 2023 
Trustee Expenses

Trustee expense summaries outlining each Trustee’s total spending amount are posted on a quarterly basis on the Trustee Expenses Page. This disclosure includes those of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board.

Student trustees

In addition to the publicly elected trustees, 3 student trustees are elected from among the DDSB student body.

Ben Cameron
Ben Cameron

Student Trustee
Ajax/Pickering
Email Ben

Lauren Edwards
Lauren Edwards

Student Trustee
Brock/Uxbridge/Scugog
Email Lauren

Gwen Kuyt
Gwen Kuyt

Student Trustee
Oshawa/Whitby
Email Gwen