Dear Residents,

My name is Rukshan Para, and I am running for school board trustee for the public board in your area. I am a proud resident of Cornell and have lived in this community for over 15 years. As an active member of the community, I have first-hand knowledge of the issues affecting parents and youth. I have been working with parents, youth, and schools advocating for and supporting equity while recognizing the legacy and contribution of those who built up our community in Markham.

My passion is for a supportive and ever-improving educational system for all children.

Since my first bid for school board trustee in 2014, my passion and determination are even stronger today and I promise to do the best job for you. Having gone through the school system I have a comprehensive understanding of both the challenges and opportunities.

I am the co-founder of the Youth and Parents Association of Markham (YPAM), YPAM is a non-profit organization whose primary focus is teaching the children and minimizing the communication gap for parents in order to help them make informed decisions regarding their child’s education. With YPAM I am already taking steps towards mentoring, motivating as well as empowering youth and parents on their educational journey. I see the impact of a little going a long way in a child’s education.

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) has been in turmoil for four years. I want to be bring best practices to the YRDSB. Good governance plays a critical part in this and I have the necessary experience to be a positive influence for change on the School Board. I immediately spoke out and raised my concerns to the Ministry of Education about the dysfunction at the Board. I was instrumental in bringing long needed changes to the School Board. However, there is still much more work to be done at the York Region District School Board.

As your trustee, I will help to ensure that administrative leadership is serving the needs of our students.

I will be at your doorstep in the coming months to continue our conversation. You can always reach out to me on (647) 273-8096.

If you would like to support my campaign by having a lawn sign or making a donation, please email me on

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that you choose me (in the upcoming election on October 22, 2018) as your Public School Board Trustee.

Yours Sincerely,

Rukshan Para