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Get to Know Joyce Bennett

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Women & Politics invited all women school board trustee candidates to write a brief bio so that Londoners can get to know them better. We will be posting the answers as we receive them.


Joyce Bennett is a Trustee representing London Wards 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13. She was first elected to the Board of Trustees for the former Board of Education for the City of London in November 1988 and has continued to serve her community in this capacity since that time. She was elected as Chair of the Thames Valley District School Board in 2002, and re-elected as Chair for a second consecutive year in 2003. She was honoured to serve as the Chairperson again in 2012, followed by a second year in 2013.

Some of the Board Committees Joyce has served on include:

  • Budget Committee;
  • Bylaw Committee;
  • Chairs’ Committee;
  • Equity and Inclusive Education Committee;
  • First Nations Advisory Committee;
  • Mental Health and Wellness;
  • Negotiations Advisory Committee;
  • Policy Working Committee;
  • Special Education Advisory Committee;
  • Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils Committee;
  • Transportation Committee; and
  • Thames Valley Parent Involvement Committee.

Within her community, Joyce has had extensive involvement with numerous groups and committees over the years, including, but not limited to, Craigwood Youth Services, London Parent Safety Patrol, City of London Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, YMCA Children’s Safety Village, and the Community Safety Councils of Ontario.

Joyce is the recipient of the Dr. Harry Paiken Award of Merit from the Ontario Public School Board’s Association. She is also a life member of the Thames Valley Council of Home and School Associations.

In June 2010 Joyce was selected as the recipient of the Steve Cordes Community Star Award recognizing her “exceptional long-term commitment to youth in London and area.”

Joyce has always been an effective advocate for students, families, and public education.

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