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Volunteers wanted for school board human rights, equity advisory committee

Interested residents invited to apply by June 13
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The Halton District School Board is issuing a call to community members to fill three vacancies on its Human Rights and Equity Advisory Committee (HREAC).

The committee is made up of parent/guardian and community organization representatives living in or providing services to Halton children, youth and families.

It also includes Indigenous Inherent Rights Holder and Treaty Partner and HDSB staff representatives, the board said in a news release.

Since 2021, the HREAC has proposed and responded to human rights and equity initiatives that support the HDSB’s focus on student achievement and well-being, helping to support commitments outlined in the Human Rights Equity Action and Accountability Plan: The Way Forward and 2020-2024 Multi Year Plan.

“The HREAC has been a vital part of the HDSB’s work to promote human rights and equity across our system,” says Jennie Petko, superintendent of education with responsibility for Indigenous rights and education, human rights, equity and inclusive education.

“As we continue the work outlined in 'The Way Forward' and seek to dismantle systems of oppression and challenge dominant traditions, we look forward to welcoming new members and fresh perspectives to this committee.”

The HDSB Human Rights Equity Action & Accountability Plan: The Way Forward requires ongoing action on the part of all individuals and departments within the board.

The plan identifies strategies and actions to ensure all students, staff and families are supported in schools and workplaces by creating and maintaining equitable and inclusive learning and working environments.

Those interested in joining the committee are invited to view the HREAC - Call for Membership from parents/guardians and the Halton community and complete the HREAC Community Expression of Interest Form by Tuesday, June 13 at 6 p.m.