Patrice Barnes

Durham District School Board - Public School Trustee

Patrice was born in Jamaica and immigrated to Canada when she was just 18. For more than a decade Patrice worked in event management for both profit and for not for profit organizations. Today, she’s proud to represent the Ajax community on the Durham District School Board as a Public-School Trustee - a position she has held for nearly a decade since she was first elected in 2014. During her time on the Board, she has served in several roles including Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of Education Finance Committee, and the Special Education Committee and today she serves as the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. Passionate about inclusive education and improving learning outcomes for students and families who experience marginalization, she has participated in the DDSB poverty strategy and continues to champion high expectations for all students. Patrice has been integral in creating and advocating for innovative programs like the Cypher Program for Black Boys, the Empower Her conference for Black Girls.

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