Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Thank You Everyone - Results announced!

Though unofficial at the moment, the results of the Ward 3 York Region Catholic School Board election were posted. It was an enjoyable and wonderful learning experience! Here are the results:

  • Maria Carnovale - 645 Votes
  • Margherita Thurlow - 421 Votes
  • Sabrina Tagliabue - 185 Votes 
  • Diane Donato - 182 Votes
  • Virgilio Brusco - 180 Votes
  • Donald MacGillivray - 152 Votes
  • Maria Furlano - 140 Votes
  • Alex Casamassima (me) - 77 Votes
  • Bernard Campagna - 71 Votes
  • Lia Cavaliere-Novario - 18 Votes
  • Cathy Carriero - 13 Votes
  • Antonette Rufo - 9 Votes
  • Victor Medina-Leal - 3 Votes
  • Gianleonardo Neglia - 3 Votes


I'm happy that I was managed to accomplish the best result of all the candidates who haven't put up signs, or utilized glossy flyers. None the less, I do feel in-dept to those 77 voters who came out on my behalf with nothing to gain, I'm gracious and thankful for their support (even those who didn't vote and supported me as well) -- I feel as if I should have campaigned more properly in order to justify their support.


Some things that I have learned:
- A single individual with little expense can obtain 50-100 votes, if they invest their time accordingly.
- A single individual with expenses (signs and flyers) can gain 100-200 votes.
- A by-election means more direct voters, each voter must be familiar with the name they are voting for - otherwise signs and flyers would have an exponential result.
- A group of individuals forms a "team" of sorts, this team has to be formed early, and work hard with proper investment. This produces a fairly strong result in elections - a candidate that manages a team demonstrates publicly their own capacity to do a job in terms of "getting things done." On this regard people are willing to support that candidate regardless of knowing them directly or not.



Both Maria and Margherita were aggressive in their campaigning - granted at times I may have disapproved in certain behaviour, they still managed to convey determination and the ability to get things done - This earned them their deserved results.

In turn, I congratulate all the candidates for their efforts.

As well, I thank all those who have supported me!

Sincerely,

Alex Casamassima

(maybe I will  do this again, more properly, we'll see)

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Alex Casamassima for "Trustee"

Hello again!


My name is Alex Casamassima, I am running for Catholic School Board Trustee on January 10th - I would strongly appreciate your support. Please take a few minutes to browse around this website to find out more about myself or my platform and be sure to vote January 10th!
Last night - someone asked me:


What is a trustee?

This is a question I heard too often and this is a very important question to know the answer of, especially in terms of an election.

The most formal answer can be found in the "Good Governance" guide available at ontarioschooltrustees.org where it says:


As a member of the board, an individual trustee is expected to act within the board's by-laws and be loyal to the board's decisions. However, as elected persons, trustees are also expected to advocate for the interests of their constituencies.

Essentially, a trustee represents the constituents, students, families and the taxpayers in the decision making process of the school board. As a members of the board, collectively the trustee's responsibilities include:

  • Policy making
  • Student achievement and well- being
  • Allocating resources
  • Policy governing staffing
  • School facilities
  • School Supports
  • Communication


Many of these responsibilities have been neglected in recent years, perhaps this is the reason people are even asking that question in the first place. My intention is to make it very apparent what the Trustee is doing in the next four years - regardless of the results of the election.


Sincerely,


Alex Casamassima

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