Days after Bill 13 passed, the TDSB is looking at laying off half of the seven person staff at the Gender-Based Violence Prevention (GBVP) Office!!! This small but powerful staff supports some of the important following work undertaken at the TDSB:
-Generating a positive space campaign that includes the training of representatives in all 600 schools
-Recognizing student leadership through GSA awards, and,
-Partnering on a GSA national summit scheduled for next year
The TDSB easily leads the way in Ontario when it comes to its access and equity policies and the GBVP is the frontline is ensuring these policies and practices are carried out - especially with regards to supporting LGBTQ youth!
Now, with the passage of Bill 13, the need for continued funding to the GBVP office is all the more important in ensuring that the measures contained with Bill 13 are properly implemented. As well, the TDSB's own achievement gap data indicates an increasing rate in drop outs and lower graduation among LGBTQ-identified youth. Now is not the time to cut such essential services such as the GBVP office.
The Board will be voting on the budget June 13 so we don't have much time! Take a second today and sign the petition to let the TDSB know that you support the valuable work performed by the GBVP office and that you support their continued funding!