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Dawn Danko Trustee Debate – Hamilton Mountain Candidates

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

All Hamilton Mountain trustee candidates were recently invited to participate in an all candidates debate at Sherwood Secondary School.

I have included five video segments from the evening’s debate below.

One issue that stood out for me is the friction that still exists in our Hamilton Central Mountain communities as a result of recent school closures – I was very happy for the opportunity to explain my thoughts.

If elected Trustee, one of my key goals is to make sure that no community ever has to go through this divisive process again.  I have already been working behind the scenes to make changes to the ARC process, and I will continue working towards further changes if elected.

If you have the time to watch the video, I would be interested in your feedback – please leave a comment below!

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski, Dawn Danko

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Dawn Danko On Walking To School

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

The ability to walk to school is a fundamental right that should be enjoyed by all children on the Central Mountain.

However, by closing walkable community schools and building large big-box schools, the Public School Board has been on a path that leaves parents no option but to drive their kids to school.

This is not healthy for our students, and it is not healthy for our society.

Please read my thoughts on the importance of walking to school below.

Sincerely,

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

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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.

Sincerely,

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

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Thank-You To My Supporters & Volunteers – Signs Are Going Up – Dawn Danko for Trustee

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

I just want to send out a sincere thank-you to all of my campaign supporters across Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain!

It has been a true pleasure to speak to each and every one of you at the door, and I am so grateful to those who are passionate enough about public education in Hamilton to put up a lawn sign.

If you don’t already have a lawn sign but would like to join your neighbours and add your voice, please contact me using the form below!

It has been amazing and humbling to see the support for our campaign growing every day – and with just four weeks to go we are going to push hard right through to the finish!

Sincerely,

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

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Dawn Danko In the News – Parents Fear Losing Neighbourhood Community Schools

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

As the election on October 27th looms closer, I have been thinking back over the past year when I became involved with the battle to save our local community schools from closing.

While my community was ultimately successful in saving our local school (after a sustained ten month long campaign), I can’t help but think about how different the end result might have been with different leadership at the Board.

I recently came across this article from October 2013 where speaking about quality of information the public is provided with,  I am quoted as saying:

“That’s why we’re all questioning the data that they’re presenting to us,”

I think that one statement perhaps captures the biggest asset that I believe I can bring to the board if elected trustee – I have the experience and educational background necessary to question the data that policy decisions are based on – and the will to seek out and listen to the grass roots opinions of our valuable community members when they ask questions.

Sincerely,

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

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Dawn Danko In The News – Hamilton Community News Column – Time To End Board’s Patronizing Attitude

 Dear Friends in Ward 7:

In my recent column in the Hamilton Community News, I used the opportunity to discuss the core values that I believe I can bring to the public school board if elected as Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain Public School Trustee on October 27th, 2014.

My column was inspired by a quote from Thomas Jefferson who said:

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.

To me, this is the essential quality that I would like to bring to the public school board – along with the real world experience needed to be an effective trustee.

We cannot continue on the current path of setting board policy based on ideology and a vague idea of “we know whats best for you”.

From my column:

Parent involvement in the school system is critical to ensure that local issues are considered at the board level. The current top-down “we know best” decision-making process does not value input from the talented and experienced parents, teachers, city partners and community members, and is a trend that does not serve our students well.

With a taxpayer-funded annual budget of over $500 million, the elected board of trustees must ensure the entire Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is transparent and accountable.

For the entire Hamilton Community News column, please click here.

Sincerely,

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

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Dawn Danko Answer’s Questions About Technology In The Classroom

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

In 2014 the Public School Board officially endorsed the promotion of 21st century learning skills.

However, all too often this simply means allowing students access to mobile phones during class time and replacing textbooks with iPads.

In the interview below, I share my own ideas about the role of technology in the classroom and the direction I would take the Board if elected trustee on October 27th, 2014.

Please leave me a message in the comments, I would really appreciate your input!

Sincerely,

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

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Dawn Danko Supports Green Energy With Bullfrog Power

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

Environmental issues seem to be everywhere these days, and an educated, scientific approach to dealing with these issues starts in the classroom.

It is with this in mind that I am thrilled to announce that the electricity supplied to my campaign office is now carbon neutral – thanks to our partnership with Bullfrog Power!

Please read my thoughts below on opportunities that I see for real world environmental education.

Sincerely,

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

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HWDSB Mistakes Assets for Liabilities – Dawn Danko

Dear Friends In Ward 7:

As a small business owner, I always seem to be thinking about real world business solutions to issues facing public education in Hamilton.

This article explores these ideas further.

Sincerely,

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

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HWDSB Underestimates Kindergarten Enrollment – Dawn Danko

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

The HWDSB Interim Budget Financial Report confirms that 161.5 more JK-3 students enrolled in 2013/14 than projected – and here is the reason: “primarily due to growth in full day kindergarten.”

Read my further analysis of the report below.

Sincerely,

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

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