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The Value of School Boards

Elections Readiness Training Session - May 1st, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

The next session on Elections Readiness Training, examining electoral platforms will take on May 1st at 6:00 p.m.  Olivier Marcil, Vice- President of Communications at McGill University , former Chief of Staff to Benoit Pelletier and author of the 2008 winning electoral platform will be the keynote speaker. 

The session will take place at the boardroom of the Lester B. Pearson School Board at 1925 Brookdale Avenue in Dorval, for those who wish to attend in person.  The LBPSB will again be offering its webcasting facility for this session, thereby making participation from across the province feasible.

To view the session live by webcast, participants will need to access the LBPSB website at on May 1st at 6:00 p.m.  You will see a screen on the main page.  Simply press play to view the session live.

This training session for perspective commissioners as well as the previous one will be archived on the Quebec English School Boards Association website at for anyone who wishes view it at latter date. 

November 2013
Former Quebec Minister talks about the value of school boards

The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) held a first part of school board elections planning over the 2013 edition of the annual Fall Professional Development Session and Annual General Meeting recently.

The first part of the morning session featured Benoît Pelletier, former provincial Minister and currently a law professor at the University of Ottawa. Me Pelletier offered his view and strategies leading up to the 2013 school elections all while taking
into account the public scrutiny that school boards have been under over the last few years – more specifically following the current Premier’s attacks on Boards and their management of funding and taxes.

Me Pelletier proposed the following pillars for defending elected school boards and promoting the role of commissioners, leading up to and during the election campaign next November:

  • Develop strategies to demystify the role of school boards and to actively promote our successes – more specifically in the English sector.
  • Link school boards to the major trend towards the decentralization of powers and regionalization in Québec. School boards actively promote the regions in which they are located and the realities each regions faces.
  • Constantly express the core values of elected English school boards – fairness,
    equal access to services, parental involvement, accountability.

Local governments, in Me Pelletier’s view, are of the greatest importance in a democratic society to exemplify that the community should make decisions for itself. Those different communities know best when making decisions for equitable
distribution of resources and financing. He concluded by telling the elected commissioners present that they have 13 months to promote and demystify school boards to their own communities. Now is the time to start.