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Joanne Weston

Role: Chairperson
Municipality: Kitchener
Phone: 226-752-7781
Email: joanne_weston@wrdsb.ca

It is my privilege and honour to serve as the Chairperson on the Waterloo Region District School Board. I am the mother of a current WRDSB student and two recent graduates. I have lived, worked and volunteered in Waterloo Region for 25 years: currently residing in Kitchener and working in the post-secondary education sector. Prior to being elected as a Trustee, I was a long-serving WRDSB volunteer where I advocated for programs that support student achievement and wellbeing, equity, and parent engagement. I look forward to working with my fellow trustees, families, staff and the community to help our students reach their full potential.

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Kathleen Woodcock

Role: Vice-Chair
Municipality: Waterloo / Wilmot
Phone: 226-929-3101
Email: kathleen_woodcock@wrdsb.ca

I am honoured to be elected for a sixth term as Trustee for Waterloo/Wilmot. During my years on the Board, I have actively participated as a member of a variety of standing, statutory and ad hoc committees including strategic planning, audit, agenda development, superintendent selection, school year calendar and Director’s performance review. I have served as WRDSB chair, vice-chair and past chair. I am currently serving a two-year term as First Vice-President of the Ontario Public School Boards Association.

As an advocate for public education, I put students first to ensure that schools provide a safe, inclusive learning environment so all students achieve success. As the WRDSB continues to implement the strategic plan, I engage with stakeholders on issues that impact our students and school communities. I believe in a strong public education system that is the cornerstone of democracy. I have experienced an excellent public education system, starting in a one-room schoolhouse many years ago. My children have also experienced and benefited from a public education. It is exciting to watch my grandchildren as they experience their public education. As a trustee, having the opportunity to be involved in the ongoing success of kids in Waterloo Region and to celebrate their achievements in school and in life allows me to give back to my community.

I have lived in Waterloo Region since 1975, the last 30+ years in Westvale. I am a graduate of WLU (MSW 2003 (Retired), BA 1978). I am retired from the Community Services Department with the City of Kitchener. I am an associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 113, Dresden, an avid gardener, an ‘enthusiastic’ golfer, and a proud mother and grandmother.

Bill Cody

Bill Cody

Municipality: Cambridge / North Dumfries
Phone:
Email: william_cody@wrdsb.ca

Bio coming soon.
Carla Johnson

Carla Johnson

Municipality: Cambridge / North Dumfries
Phone:
Email: carla_johnson@wrdsb.ca

It is truly an honour to serve Cambridge & North Dumfries as a Trustee. The WRDSB was my employer for my career as a middle school teacher. I have seen firsthand how vital our public education system is to our whole community. I look forward to championing all the creative and genius things happening in our schools. In spite of the many challenges these last few years, teachers and education workers continue to bring compassion and creativity to their classrooms every day. Our schools embrace every student that walks through our doors and nurtures the intelligence and growth of each individual. I will listen closely to our community and advocate for the needs and concerns. Together, we have the crucial job of preparing our students to be astute leaders for the future and I am very proud to be a partner in this great work.

Fred Meissner

Fred Meissner

Municipality: Woolwich / Wellesley
Phone:
Email: fred_meissner@wrdsb.ca

I am a lifelong resident of Waterloo region and have lived in the municipality of Woolwich/Wellesley for the past seventeen years. My spouse Terry and I are the proud parents of two (now grown) children who have expanded our family with the inclusion of their wonderful partners and five marvelous grandchildren.

I have retired from a fulfilling career as an educator for WRDSB in the local secondary school where I worked in both the English and Special Education departments, and while I am no longer in the classroom, I still find myself intensely interested in the ever-changing developments related to creating an effective education system. Three areas that I would like to see prioritized are:

  1. Inclusive, accessible, safe classrooms, schools, and communities for all students.
  2. Connecting and collaborating with parents, guardians, and the spectrum of individuals and community groups who have a vested interest in developing an effective educational experience for all students.
  3. Affirming staff and related educational workers, recognizing their expertise in the classroom and their generous contributions to extra curricular activities.

When I’m not fulfilling my duties as trustee for Woolwich/Wellesley, you can find me reading, writing, or riding my bicycle on the scenic gravel roads throughout this region.

Scott Piatkowski

Scott Piatkowski

Municipality: Waterloo / Wilmot
Phone: 519-577-2554
Email: scott_piatkowski@wrdsb.ca

In October 2018, I was honoured to have been chosen by the voters of Waterloo and Wilmot Township to represent them on the Waterloo Region District School Board. In December 2021, after serving for a year as Vice-Chair, I was acclaimed by my Trustee colleagues as Chairperson of the Board, which is an equally great honour.

I currently serve on the following committees:

  • Agenda Development
  • Director’s Performance Appraisal
  • Discipline
  • French Immersion Review Ad Hoc
  • Waterloo Education Foundation Inc. (WEFI) Board of Directors

Previously, I served on the School Resource Officer Review Ad Hoc Committee, the Suspension Review Ad Hoc Committee (as Co-Chair), and the Trustee Code of Conduct Review Committee. I also sit as the WRDSB’s Voting Delegate and Alternate Director for the Ontario Public School Boards Association, and previously served on OPSBA’s Policy Development Work Team.

I’m a proud graduate of both Eastwood Collegiate and Wilfrid Laurier University, and the proud parent/step-parent of four KCI graduates.

In my professional life, I work for a national non-governmental organization that promotes the growth and sustainability of affordable housing communities across Canada. I have also served as the Vice-President of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and as a volunteer facilitator with the Co-operative Young Leaders program.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter @ScottPiatkowski, or to contact me at the email and phone numbers provided above.

Maedith Radlein

Maedith Radlein

Municipality: Kitchener
Phone:
Email: maedith_radlein@wrdsb.ca

I’m looking forward to representing the interests of parents, staff and students as a trustee. I worked as a teacher and principal with the WRDSB. My two children graduated from Bluevale C.I. where I served on the School Council. On retirement I continued my involvement in education as a Field Supervisor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier.

Waterloo Region has been my home since immigrating from Jamaica in 1987. Over the years I have been continuously involved in the community, volunteering with many organizations including Waterloo Minor Soccer, K-W YWCA, the Child Witness Centre and Mennonite Central Committee as well as the Region and cities of Waterloo & Kitchener. My commitment to all students is to create a positive learning environment; to value you for who you are; to nurture your uniqueness and work to ensure that you achieve successful outcomes. My commitment to parents is to listen and work to give your child the resources and conditions to optimize learning. My commitment to school staff is to value your contributions and hard work while working to build/support partnerships that give you the support you need.

I will work with staff and parents to facilitate respectful and open communication. Each school is its own community and the best support for its students lies in that relationship.

Mike Ramsay

Mike Ramsay

Municipality: Kitchener
Phone: 519-502-8449
Email: mike_ramsay@wrdsb.ca

I have served as a Trustee since 1989, not because of what I could gain but for what I could give. Having served the Canadian public for over 35 years as a soldier, police officer, public servant, trustee and a community volunteer, I have gained a variety of valuable knowledge and experience that I believe helps me to make sound decisions as a trustee. My story is not uncommon. I immigrated to Canada in my early teens and soon found myself living on my own while trying to get an education and make something of myself. The dedicated staff of Kitchener Collegiate Institute invested in me and this helped form the foundation for my successes in life. They put my interests ahead of their own and taught me that it was my responsibility to pay it forward. That’s why I serve you as a trustee. While I always aim to strike a balance that meets everyone’s needs, student and public interest are my priority governing all of my decisions as a trustee. The decisions made by trustees today can affect an entire generation; they need to be the right decisions for the right reasons.

Marie Snyder

Marie Snyder

Municipality: Waterloo / Wilmot
Phone:
Email: marie_snyder@wrdsb.ca

I am so honoured to have been elected to represent Waterloo/Wilmot as a School Board Trustee. I am a retired high school teacher who had the pleasure of working at KCI for over 30 years. A lifelong resident of this region, I attended Winston Churchill, MacGregor, WCI, and KCI, and I watched my three children excel in our system as well. My educational background is in philosophy, psychology, religious studies, and visual arts, and I’m once again a student at Laurier because I love learning!

As a teacher, on top of lesson development, presentation, and assessment, I organized board-wide conferences on gender equity and on race relations, ran a film festival for student films across public and separate boards, and focused on several environmental efforts like the OneEarth club, Envirothon and EcoSchools competitions, and a yearly Earthfest music festival. I want to continue helping students to have a positive educational experience in our schools.

I look forward to working with parents, students, educational staff, and the community to advocate for issues of concern as we manage so many changes in our world together.

Meena Waseem

Meena Waseem

Municipality: Kitchener
Phone:
Email: meena_waseem@wrdsb.ca

Bio coming soon.

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Cindy Watson

Municipality: Cambridge / North Dumfries
Phone: 519-503-0927
Email: cindy_watson@wrdsb.ca

I believe in servant leadership and doing my best to “treat others the way I would like to be treated”. I consistently bring constituents concerns forward at the board table. As an elected representative I believe that it is a privilege and an honour to serve constituents. I am a strong advocate of student, parent and staff involvement and engagement. I support the use of surveys, focus groups and participation on committees which contribute to meaningful discussion and input. I believe boards make better policy when students, parents and staff are involved in the decisions making process.

According to the Education Act the board is responsible for the academic performance and well-being of students. Ultimate success is demonstrated by students who achieve their full potential, students with disabilities are given the best support, parents are treated as partners and encouraged to participate in their child’s education, and staff that have been given adequate resources and feel supported. When these are in alignment and unified everyone is successful, and students realize their full potential.

Boards that are progressive generate new and creative ideas and solutions by demonstrating a culture of freedom. Freedom that allows the sharing of different ideas and opinions in a respectful manner, realizing that “everyone” plays a part and no contribution is insignificant.