Ward 7

What is Ward 7 All About?

Runnymede Public School is one of 22 schools in Ward 7 of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). A publicly elected Trustee represents each Ward. The Trustee holds Ward Council meetings to share and discuss relevant topics and issues facing the TDSB. Each school elects 1-2 parent representatives to attend these meetings and report back to Runnymede School Council.

Runnymede’s Ward 7 Rep is Kathleen Hyatt.  Get in touch any time about school issues of importance to you.

Join the Ward 7 Facebook group and stay in the know!!! 


Our Trustee Robin Pilkey invites all Ward 7 parents to join the ward’s facebook group.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/TDSBWard7Coucil/?ref=bookmarks

April 2019 Update

Our last Ward meeting was held at Runnymede Public and focused on Traffic Safety, which as we know is a real concern for our community.

Some highlights from the meeting:

Street Safety
The percentage of students who walk and ride their bikes to school has declined, and it’s putting strain on road infrastructure around schools. When Runnymede was built 100 years ago it was not designed to handle the type of traffic we currently see. This is a common issue throughout the GTA.

The TDSB and Vision Zero are working together to make our neighbourhoods safer and more walkable. More details regarding Vision Zero and gateway features being rolled out across the city can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/990f-2017-Vision-Zero-Road-Safety-Plan_June1.pdf

In addition, specific concerns can be forwarded to Gord Perk’s office which are passed on to city staff for review here: http://gordperks.ca/contact-us/

Traffic parking/traffic violations can be reported to Toronto Police on their website here: https://www.torontopolice.on.ca/core/driving_complaint.php

TDSB Budget
This is a very hot topic these days!! Up to date information about the budget can be found on the TDSB website here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Business-Services/Budgets-and-Financial-Statements/2019-20-Budget

We will be meeting for our final Ward meeting next week, I am happy to take any specific questions to the meeting (email me at kathleenjhyatt@gmail.com) and will be posting an update following that meeting.

March 2019 Update

Here is what’s happening around our Ward and the TDSB this month:

Budget Ward Forum this Thursday March 21st at 7pm!!! Location Fern Avenue P.S. Everyone is encouraged to attend (See flyer below).

The 2019/20 budget survey is now available online. The survey was designed to capture feedback from parents/caregivers, students, staff and community members and will help develop this year’s Operating Budget. The survey can be found here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Business-Services/Budgets-and-Financial-Statements/2019-20-Budget

TDSB Board meetings are web-casted live, the next meeting will be held Tuesday March 20th at 7pm here for anyone interested: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Leadership/Boardroom/Live-Webcast-of-Meetings

Parents as Partners Conference will be taking place on Saturday March 30th at Beanfield Centre. Loads of great presentations, speakers and topics. Lunch, and childcare are provided. This is a really great resource and fun day!! You can register here: https://www.parentsaspartners.ca/

TDSB Connects, is a monthly electronic newsletter for parents/guardians with information about news and events from across the Toronto District School Board. If you are a parent/guardian who doesn’t currently receive TDSB Connects, please contact Runnymede P.S.to ensure your email address is up-to-date in your child’s student contact record. This newsletter is packed with information you don’t want to miss!

That’s it for now, if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to email me at kathleenjhyatt@gmail.com or catch me at the Parent council meeting Wednesday March 20th.

Fix Our Schools Campaign


Fix Our Schools is a grassroots, non-partisan, parent-led campaign that is building a large network of citizens across the province asking for the same thing: safe, well-maintained schools that provide environments conducive to learning.

This campaign has engaged thousands of Ontario citizens already and has been successful in convincing the provincial government to bring annual funding for school repairs up to an industry-accepted standard of $1.4-B per year. However, there is still the $15-B repair backlog that has accumulated over the past 20 years to address … so we need your help!

The more people engaged in this campaign, the more collective power we have … so please sign up at www.fixourschools.ca to receive informative emails and ideas for action; or follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter!

Fix Our Schools makes political activism very easy!


Who is our Trustee and what does she do?

In October 2014, Ward 7 voters elected Robin Pilkey as our Trustee. In August, 2015, Robin was acclaimed as Chair of the TDSB.

Trustees govern the TDSB and serve as their Ward’s advocates for public education by:

  • promoting student achievement and wellbeing
  • playing a key role in setting the strategic direction of the TDSB
  • ensuring local accountability for student success and wellbeing
  • putting in place programs and policies that reflect the needs of students in their community
  • working with the TDSB’s Director of Education to provide direction for the achievement of key goals and priorities
  • ensuring the effective operation of the school board.

* Synopsis of information provided by Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s