School board hosting virtual series on strategic plan for Oakville, Burlington students


Published February 23, 2023 at 5:44 pm

The Halton District School Board is hosting a Director’s Panel Series on Bringing the Multi-Year Strategic Plan to Life for students, their families and staff members. PEXELS PHOTO

The Halton District School Board (HDSB) is hosting a series of virtual sessions on mental health, environmental leaderships and Indigenous perspectives and awareness.

The board’s Director’s Panel Series on Bringing the Multi-Year Strategic Plan (2020-2024) to Life kicks of with the first session, Normalizing Mental Health in Everyday Speech, on March 2 at 6 p.m.

The session provides the foundation for students across the HDSB to acknowledge and begin their own mental health journey.

Led by HDSB Director of Education Curtis Ennis and HDSB Human Rights and Equity Advisor Pardeep Nagra, the sessions are open to all HDSB families, students, staff and community members.

Speakers will also include HDSB students, parents and subject-matter experts to explore issues and themes and share knowledge relating to key areas of focus in the Multi-Year Plan.

Future sessions in the series include:

  • Environmental Leadership (Tuesday, April 18 at 6-7:30 p.m.)
  • Indigenous Perspectives and Awareness (Tuesday, May 16 at 6-7:30 p.m.)

“Each session in the series will explore issues and themes outlined in our Multi-Year Plan from various perspectives, including student voice,” said Ennis. “We look forward to listening and learning from students, families, staff and community members as we work toward our collective goals as a Board.

“Over the next three months, we will dive deeper into the work we’re doing to advance Mental Health and Well-Being, Environmental Leadership and Indigenous Perspectives and Awareness, as reflected in the HDSB’s Multi-Year Plan 2020-24 and the Human Rights Equity Action and Accountability Plan – The Way Forward.”

Panel speakers at the Normalizing Mental Health in Everyday Speech session include:

  • Mira Backo-Shannon, HDSB parent
  • Michelle Bates, HDSB Manager & Mental Health Lead
  • Jasmeet Chagger, Founder of SOCH Mental Health
  • Maneet Chahal, Founder of SOCH Mental Health
  • Sree, HDSB Grade 8 student
  • Eileen, HDSB Grade 8 student
  • Chase, HDSB Grade 8 student
  • Sabrina, HDSB Grade 11 student
  • Chloe, HDSB Grade 12 student
  • Piper, HDSB Grade 12 student

The livestream link for the virtual event can be found on the HDSB website (

Registration is not required.

Those interested in attending the event can submit a question to the panel before or during the panel discussion through this Google Form:

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