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Who is Andrea Grebenc

Andrea Grebenc is currently serving her second term for Halton and the families of Wards 3 & 6 in Burlington as a School Board Trustee for the Halton District School Board. She served as Chair of the Board for the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 annual terms.

The Halton District School Board is one of the largest boards in the province with over 100 facilities, about 10,000 staff, over 66,000 students and an annual operating budget of $850 Million dollars.

Andrea Grebenc’s family has lived in the region for over 70 years. Her father’s family chose to settle in Burlington in the late 1940s after arriving as refugees from the former Yugoslavia.

She spent her formative years in Burlington attending local schools (graduating from St. Mark CES and Lester B Pearson HS – Class of ’91) and engaging in the community through Girl Guides and the Burlington Teen Tour Band.

Wilfrid Laurier University was her next stop as she earned a four-year Honours Bachelor of Science degree (Class of ’95).

Andrea started her own business in the IT field in 1999 supporting various clients in eLearning, web design and application software training. This business is still active today.

As she has a love of the arts, Andrea was a charter member of Oakville’s Circle of Harmony Chorus and served as Vice President, Head Choreographer and Webmaster during her 20 years as a member.

In 2001, Andrea began teaching with McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education in their web design/development program instructing coding and other credit courses and has often been called on to facilitate workshops in web technologies, Content Management Systems and office application software for student groups, university staff and outside clients.

In 2014, Andrea was elected as School Board Trustee for Wards 3 & 6 in Burlington for the Halton District School Board and was re-elected in 2018. Her trustee colleagues also elected her as Chair of the Board for the 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 annual terms. The role of Trustee and Chair took unique turns during the pandemic as the education system faced multiple concurrent stresses.

As per her philosophy as a lifelong learner and seeker of continuous improvement, Andrea, upon becoming Chair of the Board,  completed the “Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure” through the University of Wisconsin.

Andrea has demonstrated her advocacy for the students in Halton and education across the province many times over the years.

Andrea currently lives in Burlington and is married with three children, two of whom are still in the public education system. She is often seen early in the morning and later into the evening out in the neighbourhood walking the family dog.

Andrea is a problem-solver, a collaborator, and a good listener who continuously seeks ways to improve processes. She has been described as a servant-leader as she uses a consultative and inclusive approach to tackle issues. She looks forward to bringing her skills to the role of Regional Chair for Halton.

“I feel I am leaving the Halton District School Board having facilitated sustainable, tangible and positive change for students and the system as well as a stronger voice for School Board Trustees and better understanding of the role across the region and province.”

Andrea Grebenc