Sheralyn Roman – Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Trustee Candidate
1) What area in Caledon do you live in?
My husband, two children and I live in Valleywood, located in the “Mayfield West” area of Caledon and have resided here for over 20 years. I have been involved in the community through volunteering for many years with the South Caledon Soccer Club. In the past I also volunteered in our local library and as opportunities present themselves, I have always tried to play active role in promoting Caledon, and my community, in a positive way.
2) Why did you decide to run for the trustee position?
I have chosen this time in my life to run for a Trustee position with the DPCDSB because, at the risk of sounding cliché, I am passionate about education and about providing all children with access to the supports and resources they require in order to achieve their full potential. The needs of children are increasing and it’s a tough time to be an educator. It’s a tough time to be a parent! I’d like to help. I’ve always been an active and engaged parent, educator and involved citizen. I believe in giving back to community and sharing your time if you are able to do so.
3) What is the number one thing that you would like to change and/or improve?
I believe most of all in open communication and timely, courteous and respectful dialogue. The relationship between School, Parish and Families is critically important and mutually interdependent. I am running as a candidate who will continue to foster and promote this wonderful relationship, through open communication and by representing the interests of all, to the very best of my ability. So, in answer to your question, I really think this position is about communication. Parents are looking for answers to support their child’s educational experience and school boards, teachers and administration are always seeking out opportunities to share, communicate and work together with families. I’d like to help serve as someone who helps facilitate communication and collaboration. I’d like to explore opportunities to work together with the Town, Region and School Board to ensure considerations like schools safety, capacity, and resources that serve both school and community are all maximized.
4) What special skills or experience do you bring to the role of School Trustee?
Here is a little bit about me: As a former educator, children’s book author, an emergency supply teacher, a Parent Advisory Council Chairperson, Parish Rep, Secretary and classroom volunteer, I believe I offer the right combination of what I’m calling “feet on the floor” experience. I’ve been in the classroom as a Teacher and as a volunteer parent. I’ve been the Parent Council mom and school trip volunteer. I’ve sat at the table during discussions at the central committee for catholic school councils and have attended and participated in many, many opportunities to share information and best practices amongst schools. I’ve organized countless events for parent education evenings at both the elementary and secondary school levels and have served my community in parish events and celebrations honouring the sacraments along with so much more! Bottom line, I have experience that respects and represents all sides of the educational experience – Teachers, Administration, Parents, Parish and of course, children!
I am 52 years old and the mother of two amazing kids; Zachary, aged 19 and Olivia, 16. I’ve been married for 30+ years and I attend St. Leonard’s Church, my home Parish, located in Brampton.
I graduated with a B.A. from McMaster and completed a B.Ed. at Brock University. After a career in Human Resources, I received an Adult Education Teaching Certificate from Sheridan College where I taught for several years in the School of Business. I also served for several years as an on-call emergency supply teacher for the DPCDSB.
Currently, I own a small communications company called Writing Right For You, providing training, editorial and creative writing services for small business. I also work with the Snapd Newspaper Group and I am the published author of a children’s book, Epic Ellie and the Invisible Dragon.
At both the elementary and secondary school level I have served as Parent Advisory Council Chairperson, Parish Rep, Secretary and as a classroom and parish volunteer. I’ve volunteered with the All Star Reading Program, the Primary, Junior and Intermediate “Forest of Reading” Book Clubs, the Caledon Public Library and as a “Friends of the Library” committee member. I sit on the Board of Directors for the Caledon Parent Child Centre and on the Executive of the South Caledon Soccer Club. Previously, I was a member of the Ambassador Board of the Leadership Forum for Women, Caledon.
I have experience with Junior Achievement, volunteering in classrooms teaching their Economics of Staying in School program and have been actively involved in fundraising activities such as The Pink Hair Dare Campaign supporting The Wellness Centre, raising money for and walking in The Relay for Life and fundraising for the United Way.
In the past, my family and I have welcomed opportunities to volunteer in our Parish with the Good Shepherd program and packing Christmas hampers. I am also honoured to have been included on the list of Lectors for St. Leonard’s for several years.
In my role as Parish Rep for St. Rita School it brought me great joy to recognize the Sacraments in a special way by hosting unique celebrations for both students and their families and by providing religious gifts and prayer cards honouring these special occasions.
Telephone: 416.420.9415 / 905.843.1409
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