Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB

Dawn Danko on Why Experience Counts In Run For Public School Trustee

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

As my campaign for Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain – Public School Trustee is wrapping up, I though I would share my thoughts on why I believe that it is important to have a trustee candidate with bonafide real world experience working for you.

Please read my thoughts on why I believe experience counts in the run for Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain – Public School Trustee.


Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

Trustee Candidates

It has been an interesting campaign to say the least.

I am very proud of each and every trustee candidate that has had the courage to throw their hat into the ring – it is not easy to put yourself out there.

Everyone running has a passion for public education in Hamilton – but sometimes passion is not enough.

I live in a world where my professional qualifications and credentials define my career path.

When considering which Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain trustee candidate deserves your vote, I encourage you to remember that Hamilton Public School Trustees are responsible to manage a $500 million dollar annual budget and oversee the education of fifty thousand students. (c)blurmediaphotography.com_stock__BLR0431

Proven Leadership

It takes time and real life experience to learn what it takes to be a true leader.

In my professional capacity as a college professor, my job is to be a role model and lead my students by example.

During the recent round of school closures on the central mountain, my leadership together with the tenacious drive of many members of our community was successful in saving our local school.

That success does not come without regret – in particular for the communities that are now losing their local elementary school or facing unwanted programming changes.

However, it is exactly that type of proven leadership that I intend to bring to the public school board – as I work to represent all of our central mountain schools.

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB

Education Credentials

Nobody likes a know-it-all with a string of educational credentials after their name.

But the truth is, you probably expect your doctor to have a medical doctorate.  You probably expect the lawyer who finalizes the purchase agreement for your house to have a law degree.  You probably expect the engineer who designed your office tower to have an engineering degree.

So why would you expect anything less from an elected public school trustee in charge of the education of fifty thousand students?

I hold a Master’s degree in education.

That means that I know which educational approaches are proven to work and what doesn’t

But, more importantly, it means that I know what questions to ask before new educational policy is adapted, how to properly evaluate the results of existing policy and how formal research should be conducted before new educational techniques are introduced to the classroom.

In my opinion, that level of formal training in education is an invaluable asset for a public school trustee.

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB

Teaching Experience

Teachers in the classroom are the cornerstone of our public education system.

As a teacher in the classroom myself, I have a unique appreciation for the challenges facing both teachers and students as our public education system evolves to prepare our students for the fast paced modern world they will be a part of.

The board administrative executives like to talk about “technology in the classroom”, “21st century learning” and other catch phrases – but there seems to be a disconnect as to how these technologies will actually be implemented in the classroom.

I have hands on experience teaching with actual technology in the classroom. Teaching students to use a linear accelerator to treat cancer with radiation is not that different from teaching students how to use an iPad – in both cases the end result should be to produce students that understand technology as a tool to solve real world problems.

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSBSmall Business Owner

One of the biggest challenges to our public school system is finding funding to properly maintain and upgrade our existing school infrastructure.

As a small business owner, I am constantly reviewing business opportunities to generate additional revenue from assets that I already own – and I intend to bring that same attitude to the public school board.

One of the contributions that I am most excited to bring to the board is my drive to change our existing schools from 9:00 to 3:15 education facilities to bustling community hubs.

However, the type of community hub that I envision is not in the traditional sense where the Board pays for the facilities and provides access at little to no cost.

To a business person, a large building that doesn’t pay taxes and is only used by it’s primary tenant between 9:00 am to 3:15 pm five days a week is a huge business opportunity.

I am interested in utilizing school buildings in a way similar to the increasingly popular co-working office space model.

With the right kinds of community partnerships and tenants – yoga classes, child care centers, fitness clubs, meeting and office space, pick up sports, theatre and dance groups, art classes etc. – I would like to see our schools become bustling, profitable, community spaces.

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB


I am the married mother of two children currently in public school.

I believe that being a parent with children currently in the public school system is critical to understand the educational environment and challenges facing students.

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB

Real World Experience Counts

I hope that you agree with me – and that  I can count on your vote on October 27th, 2014.

Thank you!


I know of no one else that would make a better Public School Trustee.

Community Member - Mother of Two

Kids today don't know how to think for themselves and think they deserve everything. I'm voting for Dawn because she will bring some reality back to education.

Grandfather of Two, Father of Three

There are too many Trustees that get elected on single issue activist agendas. We need someone like Dawn who is fair to everyone.

Grandfather of Three, Father of Two

Dawn does what she thinks is right and won't take no for an answer.

Resident - Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain

I was at the meeting at Sherwood High School on October 7 to check out the candidates for trustee for ward 7. I was impressed with Dawn Danko.  I had read what she had written in the Mountain News and saw the election signs in our neighbourhood, but otherwise knew nothing about her.  She was challenged twice during the meeting, but she didn’t back down from the issues.  She was able to explain her position in a concise, professional and confident manner.  I see her as someone who wouldn’t back down from difficult issues and would fight for what she is passionate about for the families and schools in ward 7.  She has my vote for trustee.

Mother of five, Resident-Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain

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