The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is looking forward to continuing to strengthen relationships with communities and organizations across northwestern Ontario.
Local leaders gathered in Ear Falls over the past weekend for the Kenora District Municipal Association’s 2018 Conference. The three day convention hosted delegates from municipalities across the district to discuss issues, concerns, opportunities and more.
Director of Education for the KPDSB, Sean Monteith, was in attendance at the event as he represented the school board. Monteith detailed the value that he found in attending the conference.
“I certainly found value in being there. In a region like ours, trying to find a level of synergy between partners is important. I think the weekend accomplished that. We have 11 municipalities within the Kenora District that we have schools in. As a result, we have a lot of employees in municipalities that work for the KPDSB, but most importantly, they’re involved in the discussion around education and opportunities for young people in northwestern Ontario. It’s important for everybody,” he said.
Monteith noted that while he was there to primarily discuss issues and opportunities surrounding education, the board is involved in much more.
“I think it was maybe a surprise to some people about just how integrated some of the work that were doing from the school board perspective is with some of the municipalities. We work very closely with the Kenora District Services Board and even involved in discussions surrounding housing and supporting families who have young people looking to go to school. As time goes on, I think that working in isolation will become a thing of the past. Getting young people to graduate from school and hopefully seeing themselves have a future in northwestern Ontario. That’s the priority. I think it was a good idea to have everybody together,” he said.
Monteith noted that this was his first KDMA meeting. The event has been running for 77 years.
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