OPSBA hosted its first Advocacy Day at Queen's Park in April 2019. These days of meetings with MPPs and their staff are crucial in helping us increase awareness of our positions on key issues among government decision-makers, as well as the media and general public.
The Whole Child and Student Well-Being
More than 50 public school board trustees and student trustees from all regions of the province were in Toronto on November 25, 2019, to take part in OPSBA's second Advocacy Day. The day began with a news conference that released the results of polling and research done in partnership with Nanos Research. This initiative bolstered OPSBA's advocacy position on key issues, such as the importance of investment in public education, Indigenous Education, curriculum, mental health supports and the importance of electing trustees.
Overwhelmingly, Ontarians support public education and see it as an investment for the future.
Other highlights from the polling include:
Some highlights of the day included:
On April 8, 2019, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham was joined by Executive Council members and OPSBA senior staff in the Association's first Advocacy Day at Queen's Park.
OPSBA Advocacy Day provided an opportunity for OPSBA representatives to build on collaborative relationships with provincial stakeholders – both MPPs and political staff.
OPSBA Advocacy Day featured meetings and conversations with all four political parties – the Progressive Conservatives, New Democrats, Liberals and Greens. President Abraham and Executive Director Rusty Hick also met with staff from the Premier's Office, the Ministries of Education and Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Treasury Board Secretariat.