Alexander Brown, an ESL teacher and career councillor, was elected to represent the Toronto
District School Board in *Willowdale during the 2014 municipal election.
He started his teaching career in Osaka, Japan working at the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education. He lived in Japan for 12 years, taking a deep interest in the language, culture and history of the island nation. He speaks Japanese, and is slowly learning Mandarin.
Alexander became involved with citywide issues when he lived in Hamilton, Ontario, where he graduated from the Biology program at McMaster University. As an outspoken and active chair of a local community hub association, he was deeply involved in local issues including greater public participation in government, pollution & public health, poverty and schools.
As your Trustee Alexander continues to champion these issues as well as many
Alexander’s extensive leadership experience, grassroots knowledge of education, and excellent communication skills
Communication is an important component of how represents the community. Throughout her many years as a trustee, has met monthy or more often with community educational leaders including: parents, teachers and principals, to discuss and keep updated on local concerns and to share information about central educational issues. She also uses Twitter, Facebook and Newsletter emails to communicate.
Rathika Sitsabaiesan was elected Member of Parliament for the Toronto riding of Scarborough–Rouge River on May 2, 2011. She is seeking a fresh mandate to continue fighting for you as part of Tom Mulcair’s NDP team—in the newly redrawn riding of Scarborough North.
As Ontario’s youngest MP and Canada’s first of Tamil descent, Rathika has distinguished herself through her extensive community work and bold advocacy for social justice issues. Causes close to her heart include poverty reduction, affordable housing, access to education, employment equity, immigration, and the preservation of Tamil language and culture.
Rathika was recently named deputy critic for Heritage in the NDP Shadow Cabinet. She previously served as critic for Post-Secondary Education and as vice-chair of the national NDP caucus from 2012–2014.
Rathika has been a strong and effective voice for Scarborough. Her constituency office has directly helped over 800 constituents with federal casework. Her motion to eliminate child poverty was passed by the House of Commons with near-unanimous support.
She fought for the creation of Rouge National Urban Park—and remains a strong local and national voice for the protection of Rouge Park and its ecosystem when it becomes Canada’s first urban national park. She has also introduced legislation to protect the Rouge River and to officially designate January as Tamil Heritage Month.
Voted “Best Local MP” by NOW Magazine readers in 2012 and 2014, Rathika was also the recipient of the V. K. Krishna Menon Institute's "Personality of the Year Award" in 2012 for her efforts on human rights issues in Sri Lanka and outstanding leadership in her constituency.
Rathika was born in Sri Lanka and came to Canada with her family at age five. Her political, social and cultural consciousness took shape early on in her life as her parents have been community activists who worked towards the advancement of Tamil culture in Canada.
Rathika became involved with the NDP as a volunteer in the 2004 federal campaign and was a campaign manager in the 2008 election. In 2010, late NDP leader Jack Layton appointed Rathika as his advisor on Tamil issues to help draft the NDP’s resolution on truth, justice and accountability in Sri Lanka.
Rathika earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University and obtained her Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University.
*Willowdale - also known as TDSB Ward 12 (city ward 23 & city ward 24)
The schools are grouped into East Region 17 - Family of Schools (ER17 FOS)