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COLUMN SIX: King of the castle

The first day of school proves an eye-opener BY EMILY BOSS Special to the VOICE I first became skeptical of the grown-up life shortly before my fifth birthday. It was 1991 and my first day…



CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD: Fixing what’s broken

Ruggieri looks to bring commerce background to Catholic board BY SARAH WHITAKER Special to the VOICE Robert Ruggieri’s oldest child is deciding whether to attend Blessed Trinity Secondary School or the new “mega school” in…


PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: Three times lucky?

Robinson seeks third term as public school board trustee BY SARAH WHITAKER Special to the VOICE With eight years as school board trustee for the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) and a 36-year career…


CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD: In it for the community

Prince seeks to support students, families, and community BY SARAH WHITAKER Special to the VOICE “I’m in it for the community, the families, the students,” says Leanne Prince, explaining her motivation for running for the…


CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD: Looking for longevity

Peter Dief wants to ensure that Catholic education is sustainable BY SARAH WHITAKER Special to the VOICE It seems to Peter Dief, through conversations with friends and family, including many teachers, that what has been…


PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: Brousseau wants collaboration

Policy junkie invested in creating a better local school system BY SARAH WHITAKER Special to the VOICE The soon-to-be-30-year-old laughs at the fact that his parents continue to ask him about school and acknowledges that…


PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: Trust and respect are missing

Beamer looks to create good relationship between DSBN and community BY SARAH WHITAKER Special to the VOICE A strong and trusting relationship. It’s an important part of the education of our children, says Nancy Beamer,…


CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD: No bad mojo—now is the time

Longtime school advisory committee member looks to move to board level BY SARAH WHITAKER Special to the VOICE When Lawrence Alexander’s daughter started kindergarten he started volunteering with the school advisory committee at her school….