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Letter to VSTA, VESTA and DPAC (June 25, 2020)

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Vancouver School Board Meeting – June 22, 2020 

I am writing to apologize for my comments at the Vancouver School Board meeting last Monday and for the impact that my words had on Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Upon reflection, I recognize that comments like mine perpetuate and preserve white privilege, and ignore systemic racism in our society. 

As a trustee of the Vancouver School Board, my role is to ensure a culture of care and shared social responsibility, and to provide effective leadership, governance and stewardship across the District. I failed in this regard on Monday night. 

Therefore, effective immediately, I am resigning from my position as the Chair of the Policy and Governance committee and as a member of the Finance Committee. I am also resigning as the trustee liaison for the British Columbia School Trustees Association. I hope that by resigning my committee positions, I am creating space for a new perspective. It is clear that I have not done enough to listen to, or centre, the voices of our racialized communities. I will do that critical work now. 

Yours truly, 

“Fraser Ballantyne” 

Fraser Ballantyne Trustee, VSB

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