• On School Closures and the ARC process

    On Tuesday September 30th, I participated in the TVDSB public meeting in regard to the South Central London ARC on closing Hamilton Rd. schools (the schools in this consideration are Aberdeen, Trafalgar, and Ealing Public Schools).

    I wanted to briefly share what I said to Trustees, as well as a couple of thoughts on the ARC process.

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  • Blackburn News: Bringing Back Halloween in Schools

  • Boo! Save our Halloween, says London school board candidate

    Metro London reports on Shawn’s proposal to bring back Hallowe’en:

    “It’s time to make sure there are ghosts and ghouls in London’s schools, a candidate for school board trustee has said.

    Shawn Lewis insists spooky fun should be the same, whichever classroom you’re haunting, and wants to exorcise the spectre of “orange and black days” that’s sometimes used as a less frightening replacement for Halloween.”…


  • Out with ‘Orange & Black’, Bring Back Hallowe’en

    Despite its ‘scary’ nature, a North American tradition shouldn’t be a frightening thing to celebrate and have some  spooky fun with in our public schools.

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  • Area Students Falling Behind

    The results speak for themselves, London area students are falling behind.  This is one of the reasons I am running for election as a School Board Trustee. I believe, especially in mathematics, we need to take a “back to basics” approach and refocus on core skills.

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  • A Fair, Consistent, School Transfer Policy

    What is best for students and their families is not always what is easiest or most convenient for the Thames Valley District School Board, but what is best for students should always be the top priority when requests to allow a student to attend a school outside their home “Attendance Area”.

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  • A Public School for Summerside

    Through my work at MP Irene Mathyssen’s office, involvement with the Friends of Meadowlily Woods, and volunteering with minor hockey, I’ve heard over and over again from parents in Ward 14’s Summerside Community that they want, and NEED, a public school in their neighbourhood!

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  • Annual Low Cost Transit for Secondary Students

    Over the course of the past year, I’ve been working to help my friend Josh Morgan develop some policy ideas for his campaign for a city council seat in Ward 7. One of the issues we identified early on was the need to improve London Transit access to secondary school students.

    This idea would also make it much easier for students to participate in after school sports and clubs, to get a part time job, or to be more easily available to help out with family chores and errands.

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  • Taking the Active Communities Pledge

    As a student in elementary and secondary school, I walked or rode my bike to school pretty well daily. So did a great number of the kids I went to school with. The physical exercise did us good, even if we didn’t realize it. We need to foster an environment that allows us to get away from driving our children to school daily and get back to letting children walk or bike to school. That’s why I’ve signed on to the Active Communities Pledge for School Board Trustees.

    There’s a link for voter’s to take a pledge too!

    You can learn more about this initiative at: http://www.activecommunitiespledge.ca

  • Seeing Our Schools in Action

    I believe trustees have a duty to visit our schools and see for themselves what goes on during a regular day. That is the reason my first campaign commitment is simple. If elected, I pledge to visit 2 of the schools I am elected to represent–during the school day–each month during the school year.

    This doesn’t mean a photo-op visit with the principal, but a genuine visit to talk to parents, teachers, support staff, union representatives, and the students themselves.

    Through my website and social media, I will let constituents know which schools I have visited.