Board of Trustees

School trustees are an important link between schools boards and the public. Trustees are elected every 4 years during municipal elections. Their role is to be available to tax payers, parents and other community members to address any concerns they have with the public school system.

Each December, the trustees hold internal elections to fill individual board positions, including:

  • Board Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee
  • Chair of the Education Finance Committee


We hold trustee board meetings and standing committee meetings regularly throughout the year. Review our board meeting schedule and meeting minutes.

Meet your school trustees

Durham District School Board (DDSB) is governed by 11 school trustees. You can contact each trustee directly by email or call the Office of the Trustees at 905-666-6363.

Chairperson Trustee, Michael Barrett
Michael Barrett

Chairperson, Trustee
City of Oshawa
Email Michael 

Vice Chairperson Trustee, Carolyn Morton
Carolyn Morton

Vice Chairperson, Trustee
Townships of Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge
Email Carolyn

Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee, Trustee, Darlene Forbes
Darlene Forbes

Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee, Trustee
City of Oshawa
Email Darlene

Trustee, Patrice Barnes
Patrice Barnes

Town of Ajax Wards 1 and 2
Email Patrice

Trustee, Chris Braney
Chris Braney

City of Pickering
Email Chris

Trustee, Paul Crawford
Paul Crawford

City of Pickering
Email Paul

Trustee Donna Edwards
Donna Edwards

Town of Ajax, Ward 3
Email Donna

Chairperson Education Finance, Trustee, Niki Lundquist
Niki Lundquist

Chairperson Education Finance, Trustee
Town of Whitby
Email Niki

Trustee Ashley Noble
Ashley Noble

City of Oshawa
Email Ashley

Trustee Scott Templeton
Scott Templeton

Town of Whitby
Email Scott

Trustee Christine Thatcher
Christine Thatcher

Town of Whitby
Email Christine

Student trustees

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

Student Trustee Sally Meseret
Sally Meseret

Student Trustee
Oshawa and Whitby
Email Sally

student trustee Arlene Wang
Arlene Wang

Student Trustee
Ajax and Pickering
Email Arlene

Student Trustee Tyler West
Tyler West

Student Trustee
Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge
Email Tyler

Roles and responsibilities

For a full description of school trustee roles and responsibilities, see the Ontario Public School Board's Association. As an elected body school trustees are responsible to the public. Specifically, they are expected to:

  • Govern and set policy
  • Govern for the provision of curriculum, facilities, human and financial resources
  • Advocate for the needs of their communities
  • Explain the policies and decisions of the DDSB to residents