My name is Lyra Evans, and I'm the OCDSB Trustee for Zone 9
I am an environmental chemist and activist, having worked under organisations like *Kindspace and the Youth Services Bureau. My policy positions have been profoundly influenced by my experience as a homeless teenager. I believe there are better systems possible for those struggling and in need, and I want to help build a society where the vulnerable aren't abandoned and left falling through the cracks.
I am currently the OCDSB School Board Trustee for Zone 9, where I've moved and passed motions to create the OCDSB Green Climate Fund, provide free menstrual products in all washrooms, and end the School Resource Officer program in our schools. I have been a persistant advocate for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, and additional mental health funding for kids.
At the beginning of the pandemic I was the architect of the expanded mask mandate for young students, as well as the vaccination mandate for staff, contractors, and guests. I was also one of the voices in support of extending the mask mandate after the provincial government removed it prematurely from schools.