Jesse Cunha

Director’s Recognition

The Director’s Recognition Award highlights extraordinary contributions by staff members, students, school volunteers, or community members, and is presented by the Director of Education, Wes Hahn, at each Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) Regular Meeting of the Board. Hahn introduced this month’s recipients of the Director’s Recognition Award.

Head custodian at Parkview Public School (PPS), Jesse Cunha, is a bright light at the school. He is always willing to pitch in and help out, he meets all requests with a smile, he is patient, and he is kind with staff and kids alike. He works hard every day to keep our school clean, and to ensure that things are safe for everyone. Cunha’s contributions to PPS are truly valued.

Eden PaulsonOperations supervisor Eden Paulson’s pleasant demeanour and can-do attitude is infectious and this became more evident over the past summer when September was nearing and a number of projects within schools were not yet complete. At J.D. Hodgson Public School, Paulson assessed the situation, pulled together a team and calmly, methodically, and deliberately managed the team over extended hours on multiple days to ensure the school was ready for the students first day of school.

Summer learning in TLDSB

Superintendent of learning, Jay MacJanet, presented highlights from the Summer Learning programming that took place this past summer. With a focus on literacy skills, students were supported to bridge potential learning gaps. MacJanet shared statistics from the program, as well as parent/guardian feedback and testimonials.

Superintendent of learning, Kim Williams, shared information on the Summer School and Cooperative Education programs that took place this past summer. Through the Virtual Learning Centre, there were three secondary school courses offered.

Equity Action Plan

Superintendent of learning, Jennifer Johnston, presented the trustees with the steps and data that have all contributed to the development of the three-year Equity Action Plan. Last school year, TLDSB conducted several data gathering endeavours to help better understand the diverse needs of the system, including the Workforce Census, Student Census, student achievement data, and Climate Survey data. Through preliminary analysis of data obtained, Johnston noted that TLDSB is ready to take the next steps in its commitment to equity and inclusion.

In addition to the continued commitment to Indigenous student achievement and system-wide learning, the three-year plan is focused on these three priority areas:

  • Building inclusive communities
  • Enhancing 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion and belonging
  • Addressing anti-Black racism

Director’s update

Director of education, Wes Hahn, highlighted the topic of equity and how this has been an area of focus during the Board meeting. Principals and staff are using the data from the Climate Survey to make important decisions within their schools. Additionally, literacy consultants, mental health counsellors, and our inclusive learning teams, are all directly in schools to support the students in their learning.

2022 Board and Committee of the Whole meeting schedule

Board meetings are open to the public to attend the host location in person. For virtual access, the meetings are live-streamed and the link is made available on the website on the day of the meeting.


Committee of the Whole October 11, 2022 6:30 p.m. Minden – Archie Stouffer Elementary School
Meeting Date Time Location
Special Meeting of the Board October 13, 2022 3:30 p.m. Muskoka Education Centre
Regular Board Meeting October 25, 2022 6:30 p.m. Muskoka Education Centre
Committee of the Whole November 8, 2022 6:30 p.m. Minden- Archie Stouffer Elementary School
Inaugural Meeting of the Board November 22, 2022 6:00 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre
Regular Board Meeting December 6, 2022 6:30 p.m. Muskoka Education Centre

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