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Brockville – Students and staff from the Upper Canada District School Board were honoured to be in attendance at the Brockville Pride Flag Raising Ceremony yesterday, with delegates from Thousand Island Secondary School (TISS), TR Leger and the Board Office all present.
The ceremony is a focal point for inclusion in Brockville and kicks off other pride week festivities in the community.
“I really think raising the pride flag is an important thing for the City of Brockville. It signifies all the great things we have accomplished and all the great things we will accomplish in the future,” said TISS student Fia Dendy. “My school has made some really great changes, including adding gender natural bathrooms and [promoting] equality in the school system.”
“As a Board, we are pleased to include National Pride Month and Pride Week in our communities as part of the UCDSB commitment to ‘Character Always!’. Through Ontario’s Equity Action Plan (2017) and our Board’s ‘We All Belong’ campaign, the UCDSB supports LGBTQ+ communities in our schools to ensure that all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender, are treated equally. We are always happy to take part in events that support our students and their wellbeing,” added Superintendent of Equity and Inclusion Ron Ferguson.
The release of Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan (2017) helped to guide and support the Board’s efforts to identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success. The UCDSB is proud of the work that our schools do to promote equity and inclusivity each and every day as part of teaching, learning and school climate.