2022 Annual Report
Building a new reality
The past year was marked by a slow return to normalcy. Education stakeholders in Ontario finally started talking about the post-pandemic and province-wide, the new school year even got under way with a full range of extracurricular activities. What a great pleasure to see all of our students in person and to be able to offer them the full educational experience! However, we must remain cautious. The health situation is still worrisome and we must not lose sight of the fact that the pandemic years substantially weakened our education system.
In this context, the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario (ACÉPO) role becomes ever more important. Political representation, that is to say the creation of positive and productive relationships with our policymakers, is key to success. In 2022, ACÉPO continued its intense work in this area and more than ever, major players in education call on us to guide their decisions.
ACÉPO’s work remains grounded in our strategic objectives and our priorities reflect the needs of our member boards more than they ever have. ACÉPO aims to become a facilitator for its members by offering them a wide range of tools designed to respond to systemic challenges. After all, in an environment of continually increasing internal and external pressures, the quest for systemic solutions is not only one of the most promising avenues but also an efficient and strategic way to serve our school communities.
As my term as ACÉPO’s President draws to a close, my wish for the organization I have proudly presided over for the past 5 years is that it continues to evolve its unifying role provincially as a creator of systemic solutions. Long life to French-language public education in Ontario, long life to ACÉPO!
Denis M. Chartrand, Past President of ACÉPO