The members of the 2016-2017 School Council were elected this September – if you haven’t had a chance to meet them in person yet, we thought we’d bring them to you through a series of profiles written in their own words.
Here’s the first in the series on our Chair, Andrea Szego.
My name is… Andrea Szego
I joined the Earl Haig School Council in… 2014
On the Council I am responsible for… Overall coordination and communication of the year’s fund- and spirit-raising events; arranging and chairing meetings, overseeing minutes, participating on all committees, communicating with Principal on behalf of Council. Plus, plus, plus… 🙂
One thing people don’t know about me is… I am a Sudoku fanatic
One thing I love about being an Earl Haig parent is… How invested and committed the entire community is in having a vital, “successful” neighbourhood. I’m talking kids, parents, teachers, administration, neighbourhood shops and organizations — everyone pulls together, repeatedly, to consistently make this area better and better
My advice to new parents at the school is… Get involved! Might seem intimidating or boring, but it is what you make of it. Start small by attending the events and chatting with other parents. Any investment in getting to know your community pays off in spades
Our family’s favorite neighborhood spot is… Definitely East Lynn Park. I have probably logged as many hours there as I have at the school
One thing I’ve done as an Earl Haig School Council member that makes me proud is… Launching what I hope becomes an annual January Bottle Drive Event. I love how well it syncs with our Eco-school designation. I can’t take credit for the idea (thanks Robin Forbes!) and but I did drive around collecting bottles for friends who couldn’t get out to return them themselves. And, we have a new picnic table as a result. Save your New Year’s bottles: we’ll need them in early January 2017!
The thing I would most like to see our Council achieve this year is… Definite plans for east yard revitalization. Fun and active recreation time is crucial to all kids’ success at school. And cool stuff to do outside helps kids, even older kids, feel good about going to (and staying in) their school.
My final word… I’m very grateful to the staff, from top floor to basement, who give their best efforts day after day. You are helping to form my kids. If I can help, or enrich that experience in any way, I’ll do it.