The Role of Trustee 

Responsibilities of Individual Trustees

A school trustee is a member of a board, and holds no individual authority. As required by the Education Act, individual school board trustees are to:

  • Carry out his or her responsibilities in a manner that assists the Board in fulfilling its duties, including but not limited to the Board's duties under section 169.1;
  • Attend and participate in meetings of the Board, including Board Committees of which the trustee is a member;
  • Consult with parents, students and supporters of the Board on the Board's multi-year strategic plan;
  • Bring concerns of parents, students and supporters of the Board to the attention of the Board;
  • Uphold the implementation of any Board resolution after it is passed by the Board;
  • Entrust the day to day management of the Board to its staff through the Director of Education; 
  • Maintain focus on student achievement and well-being; 
  • Comply with the Board's code of conduct.

Catholic School Trustees ​

 Catholic school boards need trustees who:

  • are committed to sustaining and promoting Catholic education
  • have a vision of Catholic education that is Christ-centred
  • are prepared to answer the call to serve in the ministry of trusteeship
  • are committed to educating students in the Roman Catholic tradition
  • are willing to work with all partners within and beyond the Catholic education community
  • are willing to devote time to prayer and reflection, to meetings, to public functions and to addressing concerns of Catholic school voters


The Education Act specifies that to be eligible to serve as a Catholic School Board trustee, you must be:

  • a Roman Catholic
  • a Catholic school supporter
  • a resident within the jurisdiction of the Halton Catholic District School Board
  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age
  • eligible to be an elector of the school board for which the person is a candidate
  • not disqualified from holding office by the Municipal Elections Act or any other legislation
  • not a current Board employee

Code of Ethics for Trustees

Whereas the aim of Catholic education is the development of each student towards personal fulfillment and responsible citizenship motivated by the Spirit of the Gospel and modeled on the example of Jesus Christ, the Catholic School Trustee shall, within the duties prescribed in Acts and Regulations and reflecting a ministry within the Church:

  1. acknowledge that, Catholic schools are an expression of the teaching mission of the Church
  2. provide an example to the Catholic Community by active participation in the communal life of a parish, and by a personal lifestyle that reflects the teachings of the Church
  3. provide the best possible Catholic education according to the programs approved by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the provincial Minister of Education
  4. affirm a strong sense of Christian Community
  5. recognize and defend the democratic and corporate authority of the board
  6. ensure the affairs of the Board are conducted with openness, justice and compassion
  7. provide support, encouragement and prayer for the efforts of all persons engaged in the ministry of Catholic education in Canada, in accordance with the above.

Operating Principles

The Halton Catholic District School Board functions in accordance with the Policy Governance Model.

  1. The Board will govern with a faith-filled strategic perspective while continually striving to express its Catholic values and vision.
  2. All board members understand that the Board is governed by the Education Act and its Regulations. The authority of the Board rests with the Board and not individual trustees.
  3. The Board views its Director of Education, as outlined in the Education Act, as a key player on the board team and seek his or her participation and input on all board business.
  4. Board members will strive to build for consensus on issues and recognize that they must support a majority decision.
  5. Board members agree to work co-operatively with the Director and the Chair in formulating the agenda and all matters of business.
  6. Board members will strive to understand other board members’ concerns and interests. This builds cohesiveness and leads to a greater spirit of service.
  7. The Board understands the importance of a positive public perception of our school board, it is important to share information with all partners, while maintaining the confidentiality of the Board.
  8. Board members are appreciative of the impact that trustees’ statements have on colleagues, staff and the community, it is important to seek the truth on all matters.

Board Meeting Attendance

The Halton Catholic District School Board meets twice a month.

Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday and third Tuesday of each month. The Board meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Catholic Education Centre, 802 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON. In-Camera sessions (which trustees are required to attend) begin at 7:00 p.m. and deal with matters relating to personnel, legal or financial issues.

A trustee vacates his or her seat if s/he is absent without being authorized by resolution entered in the minutes, from three consecutive regular meetings of the Board (Education Act, s.28[1]).

In addition to Board meetings and Policy Committee Meetings, Trustees are appointed to a variety of statutory and ad-hoc committees as required.​​​​​​​​​​