WILMOT VOTES: Waterloo District Catholic School Board nominee Dariusz Grabka
NAME: Dariusz Grabka
OCCUPATION: Head of the Digital Lab, an innovation department at Purolator Inc.
POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE RUNNING: Trustee of the Waterloo District Catholic School Board, one of four to represent Kitchener.
Email: [email protected]
LinkedIn: Dariusz Grabka
PAST POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:
I am new to politics. In the past, I have served on the boards of sports clubs and a union. My most relevant experience has been in senior management roles in large corporations in the Waterloo Region.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN?
I have three children entering the Catholic system in Kitchener. School boards are an important part of our community, so I’m running to improve our board and make a positive difference for all students and their families.
HOW WILL YOU EMBRACE AND PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN THIS ROLE?
As an immigrant, I understand the unique value of education for families new to Canada. New Canadians have specific concerns and challenges, and I hope to advocate for them. Respecting the multicultural fabric of Canada, including Black Canadians and Indigenous peoples, in public education is personally important to me.
WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MAIN PROBLEMS?
1. Listen to and advocate for students and their families.
2. Be open and accountable to the public (including financially, as a recession looms).
3. Technology is a critical factor in education; I will work to mature policies to make Waterloo Region the best in STEM education.
IF YOU ARE ELECTED, WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR FIRST 100 DAYS?
Start by meeting as many families and students as possible. Help people navigate the system, understand basic policies and procedures. Communicate with council employees and union leaders. Identify at least one good opportunity for improvement in the school board’s strategic plan.