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Toronto Catholic District School Board

About The Trustee - Jo-Ann Davis
(Toronto Catholic School Trustee - Ward 9 Toronto) 

 

Biography

 

First elected in October, 2010, Jo-Ann has served as both Chair (2013 - 2014) and Vice Chair (2010 - 2011) of the TCDSB.

While Trustee Davis grew up in Etobicoke, she attended elementary school at St. Vincent de Paul Cathoilc School off Roncesvalles, and high school at St. Joseph College School across from Queen's Park.

 

She earned her B.A. at St Michael's College, University of Toronto. After St. Mike's, she earned a Master's in Chinese Government from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London (UK), and was a Ph.D. candidate in Government at the London School of Economics (LSE). Her studies included extended research in Hong Kong and mainland China.

 

When she returned to Canada, she had the honour of heading St. Clement's Youth Ministry leading up to the awe-inspiring Toronto World Youth Day celebrations in 2002. Currently she is a parishioner at both St. Basil's and Holy Rosary, where she is a lector and Eucharistic Minister.

 

Professionally, she is a Senior Associate at Leman Group - a firm which delivers large one-time strategic change initiatives, including merger and acquisition integrations, corporate turnarounds, and organizational transformations, for large corporations across sectors, as well as government ministries. 

 

On a volunteer basis, Ms. Davis is President of the Canadian International Council, Toronto branch, a non-partisan, nationwide research council established 80 years ago to strengthen Canada's foreign policy. She serves on the Board of Directors of Help Age Canada, Canada’s only organization dedicated exclusively to helping older people at risk in our city, across the country, and in the developing world. She is Co-Founder of Unlock Democracy Canada, a national campaign for democratic reform and renewal.  

 

Jo-Ann and her husband, son and two dogs, live in the ward.

 

 
 
Community Goals for our Downtown Schools
 
CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP
Our students should be provided with the opportunities and tools they need to discover their true talents and vocation, make discerning decisions, and support the creation of a just society. As a Catholic Board it’s our responsibility to reflect our values in the decisions we makes as a system. As a system, therefore, we must do all we can to close the opportunity gap in our schools – every student that enters our doors, should have the same opportunities for success and growth. Every student should feel of great value by the investment we make in them as a human being and child of God.
 
WORKING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO ENRICH CATHOLIC EDUCATION
We are blessed in this city to have access to so much which can enrich our students and provide fantastic learning opportunities. Whether that’s working with Salt & Light Network (hyperlink to http://www.saltandlighttv.org/), taking advantage of Diocesean programs like Tutus Tuus (hyperlink to http://www.totustuustoronto.ca/), introducing our students to individuals who, through their work or life, are living examples of ‘serving our Lord through each other’, or partnering with local organizations to expand our range of available educational tools.
 
BRINGING THE COMMUNITY INTO OUR SCHOOLS
Given the cost of living in the city, many families with children are moving out of the core. Everyone agrees that our schools are an important part of our community and should indeed be a part of its hub – but, our current funding model means that small schools can’t survive. Therefore, we must not only share with the community the great things that are happening in our schools, but develop community-based partnership which benefit everyone.
 
BROADENING AVAILABLE PROGRAMMING
We should be providing new programming opportunities for our downtown students which are linked with, or supported by, local centres of higher learning or businesses.