Information Of Interest
The Lester B. Pearson School Board Task Force (TF) on Equality and Inclusivity is working diligently to gather evidence-based literature to support the TF’s recommendations to the School Board. Areas of interest include; Race and Ethnicities, Religions, Sexualities, Abilities, and Genders.
The Task Force invites the Lester B. Pearson community i.e.: students, families, and employees to share their stories and recommendations with us. This information will enable the TF to specifically understand the issues, both good and bad, which have occurred within our community. We want to make it very clear that under no circumstances will your identity be exposed. Stated clearly, while respecting confidentiality and anonymity, your confidentiality AND anonymity will be respected.
All members from the community who have a story to share may do so by submitting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please ensure that your submissions are accompanied by recommendations. Individuals wishing to submit a recorded testimony may do so by clicking here.
Stories will be read and taken into full consideration by the TF. This will provide valuable information that will be vital in forming recommendations for the final report from the TF to The School Board.
Dr. Myrna Lashley
Chair, LBPSB Task Force on Equality and Inclusivity
Earlier today the LBPSB issued the following press release:
Lester B. Pearson School Board names Dr. Myrna Lashley as Chair of the newly established “LBPSB Task Force on Equity and Inclusivity"
Dorval, QC, July 15, 2020 - At the special meeting of the Council of Commissioners on June 22, 2020, the Council passed a resolution, “Declaration of Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination”, that not only reaffirmed the School Board’s anti-racist position, it went further by establishing a Task Force to be comprised of administrators, commissioners, staff, students, parents, and representatives of minority and disenfranchised communities to oversee the development of a comprehensive action plan to address all forms of racism and discrimination in the LBPSB.
The Task Force was mandated to start work immediately, with a status report to the Council of Commissioners no later than September 1, 2020.
A significant first step was achieved this week with the naming of Dr. Myrna Lashley as the Chair of said Task Force (Bio provided below).
Noel Burke, Chair of the LBPSB states, “I am confident that Dr. Lashley’s extensive experience in race relations and her community recognition will ensure a successful reflection on our current practices and a sustainable strategy to eradicate discrimination throughout our board and schools.”
From Dr. Cindy Finn, Director General of the LBPSB, “Growth and change are inherent outcomes in education. Under Dr. Lashley’s leadership, this Task Force will afford an opportunity to address inequities in our system and explore how we can bring about positive and constructive change for our entire community.”
The next steps to be taken include the naming of the members of the Task Force, clarifying its mandate, and creating a meeting calendar.
Dr. Myrna Lashley (Biography)
Dr. Myrna Lashley holds a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Previously Associate Dean at John Abbott College, she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill as well as a researcher and project leader at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital. She is an internationally recognized clinical, teaching, and research authority in cultural psychology, and serves as an expert psychological consultant to various institutions. She is also the Chair of the First-Line Psychosocial Science Committee of the Clinical Ethics Committee of the CIUSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal.
Dr. Lashley has worked both as a consultant to First Nations and Jewish communities, and as the Cross Cultural Trainer for the Grievance Committee Office of the Secretariat for McGill University. She has also conducted training workshops locally, nationally, and internationally and has acted as a consultant to the Brazilian health care system. She was a director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and has also served on the Comité consultatif sur les relations interculturelles et interraciales de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal. From 2008 to 2017, she was the Chair of the Cross-cultural Roundtable on Security. She was the Vice-Chair of the board of the École Nationale de Police du Québec from 2004-2017. As well as conducting research on police matters, she has also been appointed to the Comité expert en matière de profilage racial of the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal and to the Comité-conseil sur l'organisation d'une consultation sur le racisme et la discrimination systémique. In addition to academic publications, she has authored two training manuals on intercultural issues in the workplace and co-authored a chapter in the book Encountering the Other.
Dr. Lashley has received several awards, including the 2015 Woman of Merit Award from the Playmas Montreal Cultural Association, the Queen Elizabeth II 2012 Diamond Jubilee award, the 2006 Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Award for Holocaust studies, the 2004 Martin Luther King legacy award, as well as the 1995 Merit Award from the Kahnawake Native Survival School. Her current research focuses on the intersections of culture, terrorism and national security. She is currently Barbados’s Honorary Consul to Montreal.
LBPSB In the News
As the school year comes to a close, Secondary 1 students at Beurling Academy in Montreal’s Verdun borough have a learned a valuable lesson they won’t forget this summer...
West Island News
The grade 6 daycare students at St. John Fisher Senior Elementary School in Pointe-Claire celebrated their upcoming graduation with a Dream Weaver mural which highlighted the students' hopes and aspirations as they head towards high school and the rest of their lives...
“At the end of the day, they are the future. What they do in the future can and will impact the earth," says Kingsdale teacher Lia Ciarallo.
A teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Hudson is using the video game Minecraft to hook his third grade students on social studies...
A Hudson teacher is being rewarded for efforts to keep their school's music program humming along during the COVID-19 pandemic...
West Island and Off-Island municipalities lowered flags this week in memory of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found in an unmarked gravesite at a former Indian Residential School (IRS) in Kamloops, B.C. Baie-d’Urfé and Pointe-Claire, as have others, noted flags will remain at half-mast for 215 hours...
The Tokyo Olympics are fast approaching, but at the Verdun Adult and Career Centre, there was some down and dirtier games going on on Sunday.
That's where competitors were taking part in the Skills Canada Virtual National Competition, a.k.a. the Plumbing Olympics...
Video games are a popular activity for most grade nine students, but for one class at Verdun's Beurling Academy, they're a math and science project aimed at helping those with disabilities...
A species of beetle is decimating ash trees in the West Island of Montreal, leaving many wondering what to do with the rest of it.
Beacon Hill Elementary is the latest to hop on a movement growing in popularity to give an old tree a new life...
Grade 3 teacher Lia Ciarallo and her class nabbed the prizes after taking part in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, an annual contest put on by Canadian Geographic Education, the educational arm of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Students from kindergarten to Grade 12 are eligible...
The Grade 1 students at Forest Hill Junior School in St-Lazare are unlikely innovators -- they came up with “personalized mask holders” for students to keep track of their mask, and keep it clean.
The idea has already won a Quebec Entrepreneur Prize and now the students are planning even more...
In front of almost no crowd due to COVID-19 restrictions, Nathan Zsombor-Murray and his partner Vincent Riendeau performed in the men’s 10-metre synchronized final at the FINA Diving World Series in Tokyo, Japan...
“I realized that not as many people put up rainbows anymore on their windows like they used to when the coronavirus was new,” remarked 11-year-old Prisha Patel, a Grade 5 student at Westpark Elementary School...
LBPSB Press Release
At their regular monthly meeting yesterday, the Council of Commissioners of the Lester B. Pearson School Board unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the Quebec government to allow voting by mail in upcoming school board elections...
It was all hands on deck on Thursday, preparing for the lunchtime rush at Beaconsfield High School.
Grade 11 students prepared more than 400 pizza lunches to be distributed as part of the Catering for a Cause fundraiser...
Eight West Island restaurants are part of the Feed Our Future pilot program with the Lester B. Pearson school board, to make sure no schoolchildren go hungry at lunch...
Terry Fox started his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980, raising money for cancer research, and an elementary school which bears his name is marking the anniversary in a special way.
Students, teachers, even family members at Terry Fox Elementary School in Pierrefonds are trying to raise money for cancer research by running a different kind of campaign...
At Beaconsfield High School, the show must go on.
Students at the high school in Montreal's West Island will perform the annual school play, only this year, it’s online...
A year later, business at her online boutique is bustling. Adriana, now eight and a Grade 3 student at the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s St. Charles Elementary in Pierrefonds, reflects on her motivation in starting a business at a time when many might have opted against doing so...
In order to mitigate anxiety among many students and parents, the Lester B. Pearson School Board will stagger the return to full time, in-class learning among older high school students next week...
The teens at John Rennie High School were asked to understand the issue in more detail -- they learned about the history of the n-word through a Zoom presentation that's being rolled out to high schools throughout the region...
LBPSB Press Release
At their regular monthly meeting yesterday, the Council of Commissioners of the Lester B. Pearson School Board unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the Quebec government to reimburse all funds that the board is already forced to spend on school elections, which were postponed on two separate occasions last year, and is expected to finance when they are rescheduled...
Citing the impact of racism that can no longer be ignored, commissioners with the Lester B. Pearson School Board passed a resolution Monday evening saying that the racial slur "must never be uttered" within the confines of its schools and centres...
The Lester B. Pearson School Board is asking Quebec to reimburse it for expenses incurred for an election that has already been twice delayed...
CTV News Montreal
Elementary students across Quebec have had to adapt to new mask rules this week, as they became mandatory at all times. At Beaconsfield's Sherbrooke Academy Senior, though, the adjustment has been going smoothly...
CTV News Montreal
CTV News Montreal reports on the expansion of the Electricity program at the Pearson Electrotechnology Centre of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. This involved the collaboration of Carpentry students from the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) of the New Frontiers school board who helped build multi-purpose labs that consist of PLC and instrumentation work stations. These facilities are needed to accommodate the increasing number of students who are attending PEC’s Electricity program...
Global News Montreal reports on the expansion of the Electricity program at the Pearson Electrotechnology Centre of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. This involved the collaboration of Carpentry students from the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) of the New Frontiers school board who helped build multi-purpose labs that consist of PLC and instrumentation work stations. These facilities are needed to accommodate the increasing number of students who are attending PEC’s Electricity program...
Noel Burke, Chairperson of the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s Council of Commissioners speaks with CJAD’s Elias Makos about a resolution calling on teachers and other school staff to be priorotized in the Quebec government’s current COVID-19 inocculation plan...
CTV News Montreal
Emily Hampshire may be famous now, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten her old stomping grounds in Pointe-Claire. Lindsay Reid, Hampshire’s old friend, is a teacher at Evergreen Elementary School in St-Lazare. She asked through Instagram if the actress would consider sending a video message to her colleagues for staff appreciation week at Lester B. Pearson schools...
Considering it’s Black History Month, educators are trying to come up with innovative ways to teach kids about Black culture and reality. Natasha Mentore, Principal at St. John Fisher Junior, started a workshop that she says kids can easily identify with...
Teacher 5 étoiles
In this video, our charming Teacher Isabelle Alarie from St. Thomas High School shares her daily routine and her moments spent at school. With humour and passion she takes you into the dynamic world of French immersion teaching...
Leaders & Learners
Equity and Inclusion for Student Well-Being
By Reut Gruber, McGill University;
Gail Somerville, Douglas Mental Health University Institute; and
Cindy Finn, Lester B. Pearson School Board
Chronic sleep loss affects a large proportion of the student population. Several recent large scale studies found that one-third to one-half of Canadian youth don’t get the amount of sleep recommended for their age, and that 60 per cent of this population reported feeling tired in the morning...
On Monday, the Lester B. Pearson School Board in the Montreal area agreed unanimously to adopt a resolution demanding the changes in the vaccine schedule.
“Like many other essential workers,” wrote the board’s director general Cindy Finn in a news release, “our teachers, support staff, caretakers, professionals and administrators have had to adapt their practices so that student learning can continue in the safest environment possible.” ...
LBPSB Press Release'
The PIE News
The Globe and Mail
Montreal’s Lester B. Pearson school board was the first in Quebec to plunge ahead with new air filters. Last summer, Bruno Côté, the board’s engineer in charge of equipment and buildings, started reading a growing body of research suggesting aerosol particles play a role alongside larger droplets in spreading COVID-19...
The The Terry Fox Elementary School in Pierrefonds has just won an award in a national signing contest.
The school placed third in the 2020 elementary vocal grades four to six category of the Canadian Music Class Challenge, an annual competition sponsored by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation...
The CAQ Government has drawn inspiration from a West Island teenager in the creation of its anti-racism policies.
Back in June, as she graduated from John Rennie High School, there was some anger simmering inside of her...
“In the late ’90s, Michelle Potter, the founder of Light a Dream was teaching young adults with special needs in a school environment. She recognized that workplaces didn’t exist for these students,” explained Cindy Finn, a member on the board of directors of Light a Dream and director-general of the Lester B. Pearson School Board...
McGill Publications Health e-News
The clinic stems from a unique partnership between the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Lester B. Pearson School Board, rooted in a community-based and interprofessional approach. Residents and faculty members of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences play a central role...
The Lester B. Pearson School Board should be celebrated for taking action with regards to improving air quality in its school network as part of COVID-19 precautions...
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