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Keith de Silvia-Legault

for School Trustee for Zone 6 in the OCDSB
 
An openminded progressive

Let's fight for more equitable, green, safe, and mentally healthy schools. For the community, not for headlines.

JOIN THE FIGHT
STUDENT ADVOCACY

We do not just need to listen to students but actually work with them, many trustees listen but don't do the actual leg work of action. We need to listen to all students from all different communities and stand up for them.

STANDING UP TO CAREER POLITICIANS

Zone 6 deserves a trustee who's in the position because they want to fix our schools, not because they want to be an MP or MPP one day. We need a trustee who is serving the community, not themselves.

MENTAL HEALTH AND NEURODIVERGENCE

We need to provide staff with proper mental health training, make asynchronous learning available for students going through mental health crises and put a low sensory room in every school.

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EMAIL: keithfortrustee@gmail.com

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 CALL: 613-981-6350

About Keith

About Me

I am a 22-year-old student at the University of Ottawa, I live in Sandy Hill, and I'm currently a charity fundraiser, but I've formerly been a political staffer in two different MP's offices and have been a political contractor for City Councillor, Rawlson King. As a young person, I have the experience of being a student in the digital age, even to this day I'm a student just on a post-secondary level. I think my perspective as a young person is incredibly valuable as most people who sit on this board are over the age of 50. Only 1% of trustees in Ontario are under the age of 29. 

Platform
GREENER SCHOOLS

The OCDSB needs an official stance on the environment and we need to follow it up with action. I want to bring green bins into the schools. I also want to make sure kids are educated about composting and why we do it.

SAY NO TO STUDENT RESOURCE OFFICERS

 In 2021, the OCDSB voted to get rid of Student Resource Officers to protect marginalized students from continued harassment. I stand with this decision and will uphold it.

SCHOOL EQUITY

 Over the pandemic, many of our school (parent) councils in Zone 6 have fallen apart. School Councils are responsible for funding and organizing pizza days, book fairs, playgrounds and plenty of the fun parts of school.

OUTDOOR LEARNING

Outdoor learning is both healthy and improves learning. I want kids to be taken outside of the classroom as often as possible. We need to teach kids in different environments and we also need to make learning fun and engaging.

LOW SENSORY ROOMS

A low sensory room is a soundproof room with warm lighting, sensory toys, colouring books, and music with the goal of helping neurodivergent students wind down, these rooms are completely optional for the student.

ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING

 Asynchronous learning is online learning that a student does at their own pace, this is currently offered to students with COVID-19, I want to expand it to students going through mental health crises and family emergencies

MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING

OCDSB staff are currently not given enough training in regards to mental health, if a student goes to a guidance counselor about depressive thoughts, the guidance counselor is not qualified to help that student properly.

THERAPY FOR EDUCATORS

OCDSB staff are some of the hardest working people in this city and have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Since the pandemic, educators' mental health is only getting worse, which is why we need to provide those teachers with the proper services.

SCHOOL AS A SAFE PLACE

As a bisexual non-binary person, I will always work to ensure that our schools are welcoming to everyone and that students aren't afraid to be themselves. I want to ensure that students feel safe in school as along side safety comes a better education.

ALLOWING STUDENT SCHOOL TRANSFERS

Right now we have schools like Manor Park Public School and Rockcliffe Public School that are overcapacity, but under-capacity schools are just a quick drive away, let's allow students to transfer.

ENSURING PROVINCIAL HIRING GUIDELINES ARE FOLLOWED

Currently, within the Special Education Program, many educational assistants are incredibly underqualified, sometimes not even passing provincial guidelines. We need to follow provincial guidelines when hiring staff and work to make our own guidelines.

SPECIAL EDUCATION OVERSIGHT

Expanding the OCDSB Office of the Human Rights and Equity Advisor to allow for proper oversight of the special education program to prevent abuse within the program.

SAY NO TO STUDENT RESOURCE OFFICERS

 In 2021, the OCDSB voted to get rid of Student Resource Officers to protect marginalized students from continued harassment. I stand with this decision and will uphold it.