“I’ve chaired expulsion and SAL (Supervised Alternative Learning) hearings, and have seen long rap sheets of suspensions, expulsions, missed school days, and poor grades over a lengthy period of time before their case was brought before a Trustee. What if we had a system in place that focused more on physical and mental well-being, and less on grades or discipline or inclusion at all costs? Let’s keep kids in school at their best, AND during their hardest of struggles, and give them the tools to engage in alternatives on their own accord rather than waiting for the hierarchical processes of failed inclusion to throw them an olive branch. That’s when we show them that we truly care and that they matter so much more than rankings on some institutional list, or proving the success of our political ideologies. That’s when we say to them it isn’t about the delivery, but that they want to engage in learning.” Larry Pattison, former HWDSB Trustee and Protector at INSE.
A dear friend whom we lost this year, was one who delegated at city hall, was a huge booster for the project in general, and he could be found commenting on almost every conversation on line discussing the pro’s, providing the real facts, in an effort to tirelessly do his part to help our city see this project through. If he wouldn’t have been taken from us so suddenly, he’d be back at it again this past week in fiery but professional rebuke of opposition. This is just one example of the time that cannot have been for not because this passion for our city I am quite sure was a factor in his early demise. He cared too much and could not rest until he knew the projects near and dear to him, were safely on their passage through the home stretch.
Other parts of the world have been following this process from day one. Let’s ensure the outcome of their coverage of this topic can be read locally with pride as news stories showcasing the progressive Province we are – not one travelling through time in a beat up old Delorean.