These are exciting times for education in Prince Edward Island.
Through the renewal of our education system, we are working with partners to become a model for excellence in teaching and learning.
But we can only improve the future for Island students with the help of our caring leaders, educators and citizens who support Island students.
We can only make the future brighter for students and schools, if we make change happen together.
The PEI Home and School Federation has been bringing together Islanders with an interest in public education since 1953.
Tomorrow, they will be gathering for their sixty-third annual general meeting.
Parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, and school staff, along with some special guests, will discuss a wide variety of resolutions to improve public education in this province.
I know they will have great ideas, great debates, and I am eager to be involved.
I am also very pleased that the Home and School Federation, and local school councils, are an integral part of our new district advisory councils.
Our eight family of schools district advisory councils are providing a stronger voice for students and parents in shaping public policy in K-12 education.
These councils will provide advice to me, and my department, on shared solutions to the challenges facing Island students, teachers and parents.
Pat Campbell is here today, and she has been doing a great job in facilitating the meetings and keeping me informed on the councils’ great ideas.
I want to thank every Islander who volunteers their time to participate in their children’s education.
Finally, I’d like to recognize the Home and School Federation for their great work, along with their president, Peter Rukavina, and Executive Director Shirley Jay, and wish them a successful AGM tomorrow.