• Carmen Marie Fabio

LBPSB Chair Suanne Stein Day resigns


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Six months after taking a leave of absence from her position, embattled LBPSB Chair Suanne Stein Day has announced her resignation.

Following the announcement made April 27, 2017 that she would take an extended leave of absence from her position as Chair of the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB), Suanne Stein Day informed the board’s Council of Commissioners November 6 or her resignation, effective immediately.

“Stein Day has been on a personal leave of absence and informed Council in her letter of resignation that the circumstances have not changed sufficiently enough for her to foresee a return,” read a LBPSB press release issued by Communications Coordinator Jim Hendry. Stein Day took leave roughly six months after the LBPSB found her to be in breach of the board’s own code of ethics on three separate occasions.

At the November 28, 2016 LBPSB Council of Commissioners’ monthly meeting in Dorval, Stein Day revealed she was the councillor named in a report made by Ethics Commissioner Vincent Guida. Her breaches stemmed from a letter written by a group of board and staff members that cited “not showing respectful behaviour to colleagues” and “spreading salacious gossip about colleagues involving sex and misappropriated funds.”

She denied any offense, stating, “I did not commit any wrongdoing, legally or morally. It was just a matter of understanding better my role (as chair) and my dealings with administration.”

Parents, teachers, and governing board members voiced their displeasure at the meeting with teacher representative Heidi Yetman saying the ‘dark cloud’ hanging over the board in light of the breach harmed the teachers’ reputations. Many in attendance at the meeting called for her resignation.

The communiqué issued by the LBPSB said council will address the replacement of the chair in the next 30 days in line with the Act Respecting School Elections.

“The Council of Commissioners will be moving forward quickly to ensure stability within the organization,” said acting Chair Noel Burke.

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