Speed chats a chance to meet public school trustee candidates in Waterloo region

The Waterloo region branch of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario teachers' union will be hosting three events where candidates for public school board trustee will sit down for small group discussions with the public.

Small group discussions to be held with public school board trustee candidates

Candidates running for public school board trustee have been invited to take part in an event where they'll have small group discussions with the public. (iStock)

Voters will have a chance to chat with public school board trustees at a series of discussions being held in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario Waterloo Region.

The teacher's union said all trustee candidates running for spots with the Waterloo Region District School Board have been invited to the sessions taking place where they're running. It won't be a formal debate. Instead, the candidates will take part in small group discussions. Similar to speed dating, the candidates will move to another table every five minutes.

"With the second largest, public-sector budget in our region, it is essential that the citizens of Waterloo Region have an opportunity to ask questions of their trustee candidates," Jeff Pelich, vice president of ETFO-WR, said in a release.

The meetings will all be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held:

  • Waterloo trustees, Oct. 1, Waterloo Memorial Rec Centre in Hauser Haus.
  • Kitchener trustees, Oct. 3, Forest Heights Community Centre.
  • Cambridge trustees, Oct. 10, Cambridge City Hall in Bowman Room A.

The teacher's union said candidate introductions will be posted to the union's Facebook page, but it won't be able to livestream the small group discussions.