A mission statement is integral to an organization. It’s a simple and concise statement that holds a lot of significance. It defines what an organization is and why it exists.
During the 2013-14 school year, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) started a process to clearly define itself as a board by creating a new mission and vision.
The process included consultation with students, staff, trustees, parents and community partners. People were asked through surveys, social media and in-person consultations what they felt the SCDSB stood for. What is the board’s purpose? What should we strive for? Where are we going? How do we support our students and staff?
“What we really wanted to create were statements that represent what the SCDSB embodies,” said Kathi Wallace, Director of Education, SCDSB. “It was important to hear all voices – from students to staff to community members – to ensure that everyone is reflected in our new mission.”
A mission is supported by a vision—a statement that outlines what we desire as an organization—and a set of guiding values.
In March 2015, the SCDSB Board of Trustees approved the new mission and vision.
The SCDSB’s values are reflected in the character attributes that are taught and modeled in all SCDSB elementary and secondary schools through the board’s Character Education program.
“The key words in our mission are ‘inspire’ and ‘empower’—words that were discussed in almost every consultation,” Wallace added. “As a board, we strive to create inspiring and empowering learning environments that engage every student in order to help them reach their full potential. The new mission and vision clearly state this so it is clear what we stand for as an organization.”
The new mission and vision will also provide direction as the SCDSB’s strategic plan is updated during the 2015-16 school year.
More information about the mission, vision and character attributes can be found online at www.scdsb.on.ca under ‘About Us’ and ‘Mission, Vision & Character.’