b'MESSAGES FROM OUR LEADERSHIPAs a former school board trustee, I am well aware of the remarkable resiliency and dedication of the public education sector, particularly in times of massive change and upheaval. Since my role commenced at OPSBA in December 2022, we have been shown yet again that as a sector we are incredibly innovative and collaborative. I am so impressed by our collective ability to quickly respond to new initiatives and issues as they arise, often without much warning or consultation. The truth that we are better together is borne out every day within the CSBA, OPSBA and our member boards. I could not be prouder to serve this Association, our members and our staff.At OPSBA, as representatives of school board trustees, advocacy is who we are and what we do. Productively working with our education partners and the government to positively transform schools and school boards for the sake of our students is always our goal. We strive, through our trustees and expert staff, to have a comprehensive understanding of the diverse educational landscapes in Ontario, as well as the unique challenges and opportunities that each community faces. We work to strengthen our collective voice and to advocate for provincial legislation and policy that prioritizes the needs of all students, regardless of their backgrounds. We believe in the power of collaboration and are eager to co-develop innovative solutions with our partners that promote excellence and equity in our public education system. OPSBA has seen some fresh faces this yearas the Association has added six new staff members since June 2022, with each new member of the team bringing innovative perspectives to the way we work. Our expert team brings together a unique combination of skills and talent, with many years of deep school board experience as well.This year, the Association was able to finely hone our multi-year strategic priorities through comprehensive consultation with our members, following the completion of Project Compass in 2022, which was a full review of OPSBAs governance framework and foundational policies. This initiative provided a path for us to focus on an exceedingly simple mission statement, one that speaks precisely to our reason for being: The Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) advocates for public education in Ontario. At OPSBA, we are optimistic for the years ahead guided by our renewed strategic priorities.Were especially excited to be hosting the 2024 CSBA Congress next year. Planning is underway for the event, which will occur in early July at the Westin Harbour Castle on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario in downtown Toronto. More information, including registration and accommodation links, will be shared at a later date.Our full 2022-23 Annual Report is available on our website at https://www.opsba.org/events-and-publications/annual-report/.Stephanie Donaldson Executive Director Ontario Public School Boards Association 2022-2023 Report to the CSBA - 3'