Support Andrea Grebenc for Regional Chair. Here’s Why.
Andrea and I have been HDSB Trustees together for the last eight years. We sat beside each other in our first years, and then together, we moved to the Chair and Vice-Chair positions. I have had the opportunity to work closely with Andrea, to get to know her leadership style and capacity and also to get to know her as a person. Here’s what I’ve learned.
Andrea led the HDSB Board of Trustees effectively, tirelessly, collaboratively, and with a strong vision and integrity. Public accountability, transparency and engagement are core to her style. She proved herself to be an outstanding leader; one whose wise counsel was sought from within the organization and across the province. Andrea is a leader with vision. She sees how things connect and can accurately determine the opportunities and pitfalls that lie ahead. And, importantly, she is successful at leveraging opportunities and avoiding pitfalls.
Andrea is a collaborative leader with unparalleled energy to support and advocate for the people that she serves. I watched Andrea quickly build positive relationships with community members, and elected officials at all levels of government so that she could effectively put forward the voices of her community, including dissenting voices, in a compelling way, leading to positive outcomes and actions.
Andrea is a superior communicator, who utilizes her technical and social media savvy to the benefit of the organization, and people it serves. She is transparent and proactively shares opportunities, questions, challenges, and seeks two-way dialogue, including on unpopular or tough topics. In her role as the Chair of the Halton District School Board, Andrea became a “go to” and trusted person, often approached by local and national media outlets for commentary.
These outstanding qualities have also contributed to outstanding outcomes. The HDSB is one of the lowest funded boards on a per pupil basis in this province, yet it enjoys outstanding academic results, attracts, and retains top talent, and is fiscally responsible each and every year.
Support Andrea Grebenc for Regional Chair. You will be choosing someone who will work with you tirelessly as an effective, collaborative, and visionary leader who will bring great benefit to this Region and all of the people who work here and who call Halton home.
Tracey Ehl, MSc, RPP, MCIP, CPF, MCP3