At the December 4 Inaugural Board meeting of the York Catholic District School Board, Dominic Mazzotta, Trustee for Richmond Hill, was elected as Chair by his fellow trustees. He had previously served as a Trustee for eight years.
Outgoing Chair Elizabeth Crowe, Trustee for Aurora/King/Whitchurch-Stouffville, who nominated Mazzotta, spoke to his extensive experience as both a teacher and a principal in the Board.
In his own address, Chair Mazzotta began by quoting renaissance artist Michelangelo who said that, “… In every block of marble I see a statue already finished. I must only remove the excess stone and reveal to others what my mind already knows and believes it to be…” Mazzotta said of the Board that, “I strongly believe that with the tools of collaboration, best practices, transparency, accountability and parent consultation, the York Catholic District School Board will no doubt expose a more beautiful statue that will be the envy of all school systems in Ontario. I respectfully invite everyone in this room to unite with me and the Vice-Chair Marchese in realizing this dream.”
Maria Marchese, Trustee for Vaughan Area 3: Ward 3 (Woodbridge) was elected Vice-Chair of the Board, following a nomination by Carol Cotton, Trustee for Markham Area 1: Wards 1,2,3, 6 (Thornhill/Unionville). Cotton praised Marchese for the expertise she brought to the Board in the areas of human resources, policy development and finance.
Speaking herself, Vice-Chair Marchese said that, “As Catholic school board trustees, I believe we all come to this role because of our proud belief in and support for publicly-funded Catholic education, with Jesus as our role model and where faith is central to all that we say and do.” She continued saying, “I am very optimistic about the future of the YCDSB as we enter into its 50th Anniversary as a school board. I look forward to working with this new Board of Trustees to increase student academic success, improve student wellbeing and ensure that all students of the YCDSB have every opportunity to reach their full potential.”
The York Catholic District School Board is made up of 10 elected trustees, and two non-voting student trustees. Individual trustees may inform the Board of concerns or issues related to their constituents and community, and they are an integral part of setting the direction and culture of the school system.
The newly elected Chair and Vice-Chair will serve a one-year term.