Parents Against Racism Simcoe is founded on the principles of anti-oppression(AO), anti-racism (AR)and anti-Black racism(ABR); with these frameworks in mind we will advocate and advise SCDSB for equity for our racialized children.
PARSC are members within Simcoe County that are:
-Predominantly parents/caregivers of racialized children
-Currently meeting on a monthly basis
-Providing support, resources and education to parents
We are collectively, the parents of Black, Black biracial children and racialized children that are receiving their education through the SCDSB. Through interactions and common stories shared among parents of Black, Black bi-racial and racialized children, we have shared experiences similar to what has been reported in The Ontario Safe Schools Act: School discipline and discrimination | Ontario Human Rights Commission (ohrc.on.ca) We have unique issues as our Black and racialized communities are not concentrated in one area, but spread throughout a large area further isolating us from each other. We lack representation at all levels in the school system therefore our thoughts, concerns, experiences and knowledge is not considered when decisions are that impact our children.
The Vision of Parents Against Racism Simcoe County is to effectively engage education leaders and develop frameworks that focus on dismantling white supremacy, in order to create an equitable educational experience for our children that is free from oppression and promotes the values of anti-Black racism and anti-racism for students in SCDSB.
We will accomplish this by but not limited to, the following:
-Advise on strategies and recommendations
-Review current practices and identify issues
-Follow up on progress to ensure accountability
Natasha founded this group after her child experienced an incident of anti-Black racism at school. Sadly this was not the first incident, although it would be the last incident of racism Natasha would be silent about. Activist. Community Organizer. Advocate. Mom. Champion. She is fierce and does not back down when working to dismantle white supremacy in the education system.
Valerie Gooden is the mother of 2 amazing children that is determined to ensure that her children and others feel safe and are protected by the adults that we entrust to educate and provide care to our children.
Valerie graduated with a Master in Social Work from the University of Windsor and come with 20 plus years of experience working in various settings including Child Welfare and the School Board. Valerie focuses her work towards advocacy and equitable outcomes for the families that she works with.
Sarah Peart (she/her) is a wife and mother of 5 in a blended, biracial and multicultural family! Her children rang in age from 19-1 years old. Professionally Sarah has 20 years of experience in telecommunications management where she has worn many hats from leader/ motivator of large teams to strategic planner and protect manager. Currently Sarah is employed at “ The Source” where she is currently a district sales manager by title. Her personal aspirations are to further expand her real estate investment portfolio along side her husband while improving her local communities awareness and progress in diversity and inclusion for all marginalized groups with a heightened focus on Anti- Black racism.
If you are experiencing racism at school report your experience