Joanne Weston has volunteered with the Waterloo Region District School Board for more than 15 years. From classroom helper, to School Council Chair, to a founding member on the WRDSB's Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and the Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Committee, Joanne has pitched in wherever needed to help children be successful, and to build partnerships between schools, families and community organizations.
Joanne completed her Honours Undergraduate degree in Political Science and Criminology at the University of Toronto and practices life long learning with a focus on child and youth mental health workshops. Joanne's passion for education continues in her professional career. She ran a home daycare that focused on learning through play, was the coordinator of the New Teacher Induction Program at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and currently works in post secondary education.
Joanne's 9 years of experience working on WRDSB committees has prepared her for the complexities of making decisions for a large and diverse school population. Working on the Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Committee, Joanne advocated to balance resources which teach elementary students coping skills with providing support for secondary students already in crisis. On PIC, Joanne advocated for transparent, frequent and ongoing communication with parents.
WRDSB volunteer roles:
Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Committee, Kitchener Parent Representative
Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), founding member
Research Committee, Parent Representative
Waterloo Region Assembly of Public School Councils (WRAPSC), Steering Committee Member
As School Council Chair, Joanne guided families to find the help their child needed, and led teams that brought families and the school together as a community. Joanne successfully advocated for more Child and Youth Worker support at Huron Heights SS, a pedestrian island near Doon PS, and a crossing guard near JW Gerth PS. She is especially proud of bringing the Nutrition for Learning program to Doon PS to help youth focus on their studies instead of their hunger.
School volunteer roles:
Huron Heights Secondary School School Council Member
Doon Public School School Council Chair
Nutrition for Learning Coordinator, Doon Public School
Doon Public School School Safe, Caring, Respectful and Inclusive Committee Member
Doon Public School School Treasurer, and Fundraising, Yearbook and Spring Fair Coordinator
Doon South Boundary Review Committee Member
JW Gerth Public School Council Chair
JW Gerth Public School Safe, Caring, and Inclusive Schools Committee Member
JW Gerth Public School Treasurer, and Fundraising, Yearbook and Spring Fair Coordinator
Brigadoon and Hillcrest Public Schools Classroom Volunteer
As a mother of a high school student, and two young adults who studied at WRDSB schools, Joanne understands the frustrations of trying to advocate for your child in a complex system. She understands the worry that parents feel when their child is in crisis. Joanne understands that the proverb, “it takes a community to raise a child” is still relevant in our modern society, and that strong partnerships are needed to help students succeed. As Trustee, Joanne will be a partner in your child's education.