Relationships matter… as an individual trustee in order to affect policies that benefit students’ academic success and wellbeing, you must be able to work with, and be respected by others — parents/caregivers and community, fellow trustees, senior board leadership, and politicians in municipal, provincial and federal governments.
I pride myself on working well with others to support and improve our local schools.
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“Shelley Laskin exemplifies the best of what trusteeship should mean. At the very heart of wanting to be a trustee there has to be a compelling desire to see oneself as a steward, as one who wants to serve. This is the only kind of trustee who can truly inspire others, the person who makes a conscious choice to commit individual energy to the wellbeing and improvement of the whole – the collective good. This is Shelley Laskin.”
“Shelley Laskin brings important institutional memory through her service to date. The pandemic has brought to light both pre-COVID issues that get in the way of student progress and new challenges that require major transformation to our approach to learning. My hope is that a newly elected Board will be a combo of veteran presence and new members that can add vitality and commitment to fresh ideas for a better future for the students of TDSB. In this regard, Shelley is a 'keeper'."
“Shelley Laskin has a proven record of strengthening Toronto schools and neighbourhoods. The School Board needs her ability to listen and lead.”
“As a parent in St. Paul’s, I admired Shelley Laskin’s dedication to her role as trustee, which she truly sees as a calling. But it was as an education reporter for the Toronto Star that I came to recognize her value as an advocate for public education. Shelley believes families have a right to understand what’s happening in our schools, so she makes herself available to reporters, no matter the time of day, no matter how hot the topic. She takes the time to explain the often complex issues in clear language so journalists can put them into context for readers and viewers - a gift that’s rare in public office. Shelley is accessible, knowledgeable and understandable - a triple threat! Her deep grasp of Ontario’s education system and her years of service – including time as chair of its largest school board – have made her a seasoned champion of public schools. We need to keep her voice at the TDSB.”
“The constituents of Ward 8 will continue to be well served by Shelley Laskin as their Trustee. I have known Shelley for many years and had the pleasure of working with her in my role as Superintendent of Education. Shelley’s involvement in school life started many years ago with her own children. She was active on school councils and to this day champions the work of school councils as very important components of parent engagement. Shelley has always demonstrated integrity, commitment and passion in her role as a member of the Board. She is incredibly astute and well informed about the many issues affecting her community. She works tirelessly to support students, families and staff in her care. These days it requires courage and tenacity to assume a public role – Shelley Laskin has proven repeatedly that she is the best person and candidate to be the voice of Ward 8 in the TDSB. I am proud to endorse her as a candidate.”
"I had the honour of working with Trustee Laskin for the past 10 years as we worked to build a new site for our 2 schools. Trustee Laskin stood behind, beside and in front of Davisville and Spectrum families, staff and community members to ensure all stakeholders voices were heard and considered in the design and completion of this project. She answered all emails and calls from the community, ensuring transparent communication and timely feedback. Her unwavering support of our community is inspiring. She is not afraid to fight for community needs. I am thrilled to endorse Trustee Shelley Laskin as the returning Trustee for the constituents of Eglinton-Lawrence and Toronto-St Paul’s."
“Shelley Laskin is passionate about our public education system. It has been a true pleasure working closely with Shelley to deliver results for our community including several school field improvements. And through challenging times at the TDSB, she brought a thoughtful, caring and reasonable voice to the Board table when it was needed most.”
"I am so glad Shelley is undertaking this role and its many tasks once again. Education is so challenging, especially these days with so many multiple challenges that students face. I am happy to fully endorse and recommend Shelley Laskin for school board trustee. Our community has, and will continue to benefit from her leadership."
“I know from experience that Shelley demonstrates a deep understanding of the issues facing the TDSB and is an outstanding community representative. I can think of no better champion at the Board Table for Ward 8, and for the City.”
“We have witnessed and benefitted greatly from Shelley Laskin’s terrific work in our neighbourhood schools. She is fair-minded, dedicated, energetic and a true visionary. At a time when our educational system is facing many serious challenges, we can count on Shelley to always put the interests of our students first!”
“As a consultant on antisemitism, diversity, anti-oppression and anti-racism for TDSB, it has been my honour to have worked cooperatively with Trustee Shelley Laskin. Committed, wise, empathetic and encompassing of both student needs and parents desires, Shelley is the real deal! She is a 'Trustee's Trustee.' ”
"Shelley Laskin is an irrepressibly positive human being. She is one of the most dedicated public servants I know. She has been committed to the wellbeing of children in this city for decades. Shelley communicates regularly, thoroughly and honestly with her constituents and brings a wealth of experience to the Toronto District School Board table. I feel lucky to have known and worked with her."
“With the Yonge-Eglinton and Davisville neighbourhoods experiencing unprecedented residential growth, our School Trustee, Shelley Laskin has been a force in championing for increased school capacity in our area. Pro-actively working with planning officials at the Toronto District School Board and the City of Toronto, Shelley has identified school capacity impacts for each specific school and has proposed short and longer term solutions. As a result, a new, larger school was built to replace the existing Davisville Jr. Public School. Shelley also played a key role in bringing the Davisville Community and Aquatic Centre to the Davisville Jr. Public School site with construction starting in the near future. Currently, Shelley is championing yet another new elementary school in the Yonge-Eglinton area. She is to be complimented on her regular and comprehensive newsletter on all matters related to education. All in all, Shelley continues to be commended on an outstanding performance!”
“Shelley Laskin is someone who really cares about students having access to high quality education. She has been a trustee supporting public education in Toronto for 5 terms and has spent countless hours participating in education policy discussions at the provincial and school board level. Her voting record at school board meetings demonstrates her consistent support for programs and services that will enhance the educational experience and equitable opportunities for all students. Shelley is a strong advocate for the schools in her area, and works well with Board staff to address emerging issues in a timely manner.”
“With pleasure and confidence, I recommend and support Shelley Laskin for re-election as trustee for the Toronto District School Board. Shelley is a responsive, proactive and collaborative leader on behalf of parents and the broader community. She has a successful record of building partnerships between parents, school staffs and the broader community. Her commitment to listening, communicating and getting action has earned her high regard. She is a tireless advocate for public schools that provide exemplary programs. She is diligent about fiscal accountability, while insisting on a mindset that searches for innovation and improvement. Her work in the community and at the school board has resulted in programs that challenge and support students in being the best they can be. Shelley makes things happen. She serves with enthusiasm. She listens with an open mind. She follows up to complete commitments.”
"I have been lucky to know Shelley as both a student and a constituent. We have one of the most plugged-in neighbourhoods in our city, vibrant and diverse. In these changing times I have no doubt that Shelley has the pulse of our community and experience to represent us. She is a proven fighter for public education for both students and parents and deserves re-election!”
“Being a trustee isn’t an easy job and Shelley is up to the challenges. She knows her community and looks after their needs, but also works on the larger board-wide and provincial issues that set the rules for our schools. Shelley’s an asset to every student and parent in the city.”
“Shelley has demonstrated her commitment and passion to ensuring student success, equity, and well-being. Her wealth of knowledge, and her understanding of the needs of her community and of the whole board community informs her decision making at the board and committee table. Shelley works tirelessly to ensure that her community is consulted with and well informed about issues that impact on student lives. She is committed to her school community and to a safe, inclusive, and caring environment for all students.”
“As a Psychotherapist from Lumenus Community Services who partners with Northern Secondary School, I fully endorse Shelley Laskin. She has passion for advocacy and “getting things done”. She has an incredible work ethic and never-bending integrity. Shelley has always been an outspoken advocate and participant in encouraging and participating in increasing a more in-depth awareness, dialogue and access to Mental Health initiatives, projects and activities focusing on youth, family and community resources at her schools and the community. Her ethics, compassion, empathy and advocacy on behalf of her community is a model for all.”
“We are delighted to be supporting Shelley Laskin in seeking re-election to the Toronto District School Board. Shelley has a proven track record of leadership and continues to put the needs of students and their families first in her continued efforts. Thanks to Shelley for her continued willingness to serve her public.”
“Shelley Laskin has been and continues to be an outstanding advocate for public education in the city of Toronto. As a former senior staff member of TDSB, I worked closely with Shelley on several key initiatives including EcoSchools and the rebuilding of North Toronto. If reelected, I am confident she will continue to make the right decisions for the future of her community and TDSB. I strongly support and endorse Shelley Laskin as the right candidate for Ward 8.”
"I have collaborated with Shelley Laskin for more than a decade on getting a new school building for the Davisville-Spectrum community. Shelley is a dedicated, tenacious, effective advocate for what our community needs. The results of Shelley's hard work are visible to all: a beautiful new school building, playground, and daycare space. When I co-founded MidtownHub.ca in 2015, in an effort to get a community Centre for Davisville Village on a corner of the school site, Shelley gave us strong support. The community Centre will exist because of a remarkable partnership between the TDSB and the City of Toronto, and Shelley was a vital part of making it happen. I am pleased to endorse Shelley Laskin for re-election as TDSB Trustee in Ward 8."
“Shelley is decisive and an excellent problem solver who realizes that issues can be solved at a number of different levels and in a number of different ways. The NTCI redevelopment would not have happened without her support and political guidance. I strongly believe that without her efforts to productively work with ratepayer groups, TDSB officials including other trustees and decision makers, City of Toronto organizations and the school community, North Toronto Collegiate Institute would now no longer be in existence. Shelley has tremendous integrity and knows how to make a difference for our students and our schools.”
“During my two years as a TDSB student trustee, I saw first hand how schools in her ward were so very fortunate to have Shelley Laskin as their local trustee and advocate. Boardroom debates benefited immensely from Shelley’s experience as a governance leader, institutional knowledge of education issues, and wise counsel. With online schooling, cuts to education and pandemic-era well-being challenges, in the last 4 years public schools have experienced incredible turbulence. Shelley’s experience and dedication will be vital to helping Ward 8 schools and the TDSB overall navigate these trying times & support student success at all levels.”
"Shelley cares about what is best for students and their families and she brings years of experience and contribution to her role as Trustee where she works diligently to support the policies, programs and teaching and learning climates that ensure success and well being for all children."
“The public is always well served by political representatives who exhibit energy, imagination and an honest sense of responsibility to their constituents – my working experience with Shelley Laskin tells me that she is one of them.”
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