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Resignation letter from Trustee Cheryl Johner

Wed, 24 Jun, 2020

News item: Cheryl Johner

At yesterday’s Board meeting, I made remarks about refugee students. My comments were inappropriate and immediately regrettable. I take full responsibility for what I said, and sincerely apologize for the hurt and upset I have caused our families, students, staff and community members.

My statement in yesterday’s meeting does not reflect the care I feel for all students and families in the Division. Throughout my time as a Trustee, I have tried to be a passionate defender of the rights and safety of all children, and an advocate for safe, inclusive learning environments. I recognize my words yesterday do not reflect these actions, and I deeply regret this.  

I have decided to resign from my position of Trustee for Ward A, effective immediately. I know the Division and the Board of Trustees will continue their critical work of addressing systemic racism in Edmonton Public Schools and our society. 

- Cheryl Johner