Caroline Smith is a trustee on the Simcoe County District School Board. She has held that position since 2003 representing Collingwood and Clearview Twp. Smith is an ardent champion of transparency and clarity in public process.
With a proven track record in her first two terms, Smith worked to stop small and rural schools from being closed, even as much-larger schools in much larger communities throughout Simcoe County have already been shut down. With a strong conscience and a strategic mind, Smith is the only trustee in Ontario who has managed to stop an accommodation review committee (ARC) on issues of procedure and justice.
Smith takes pride in communicating well with her constituents, so she can not only understand their views and effectively present them, but also equips them to fight for themselves and their children. With a blog and a website, she routinely sends out updates, as well as regularly attends school council meetings. She is also the President of the Association for Bright Children – Simcoe ( ABC-Simcoe).
As a trustee, this means on average at least two lengthy evening meetings each week, in addition to the daytime meetings on special issues, in-school visits, student program and expulsion hearings; as well as the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) and Attendance Area Review and extensive budget meetings. All committee and Board meetings are held at the SCDSB offices in Midhurst / Hwy 26, near Barrie.
Smith is a licenced paralegal whose area of expertise is social justice and special education. She holds a B.A. in History from Carleton University, a Court Tribunal Agent Diploma from Seneca College and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
She puts in an extensive amount of time above and beyond research and community connections and runs a unique education information website. The mother of four children – her eldest child is in third year medical school at the University of Toronto, two children are in undergrad programs and her youngest is in Grade 9. Smith works within the Toronto GTA, Grey County, Muskoka & Peterborough areas. She lives in Barrie with her husband Greg to whom she has been married for over twenty-five years.
For more information, visit Smith’s website and blog at www.carolinesmith.ca or call her at 735-1939.