Thank you for electing me as your Trustee

I feel honoured and humbled to be elected as the Ward 12 & 13 Catholic School Board Trustee for the 2018 – 2022 term.

The campaign was both exhilarating and exhausting.  Although I estimate that I walked more than 115 kilometres in the last three weeks of the campaign, every day my spirits were elevated by the wonderful people who care so deeply for our Catholic schools.  Some had uplifting stories of their experiences with exemplary teachers or caring clergy.  Others expressed concerns or unfortunate experiences.  All require my attention and support.

It was clear to me very early in my canvassing that I have an obligation, a duty to serve all these constituents with integrity, honesty and to the best of my abilities.

As your Trustee, I want to work together with you and with our Catholic school community to ensure we are focused on our mission to enable all learners to realize the
fullness of humanity of which Our Lord Jesus Christ is the model.

God bless!

Phil Homerski

Have you voted?

Well, I wrapped up my door-to-door canvassing a couple of hours ago.  I estimate that I’ve walked close to 115 kilometres around all parts of Ancaster, Dundas and West Flamborough. I’ve made hundreds of contacts and have engaged scores of ratepayers in meaningful conversation. It has been an incredible journey of discovery, learning and revelations.

It has deepened my commitment to our Catholic education system and to serve our Catholic ratepayers to the best of my abilities.

It has been both an exhilarating experience and a humbling one.  I thank each and every person who either took time to share their thoughts on Catholic education or simply were polite enough to listen to my pitch.

I sincerely want to serve the Catholic ratepayers in Ward 12 & 13, but no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s election, I know that I have an obligation to advocate on behalf of those who have shared some carefully considered suggestions or some very personal concerns and experiences.  I thank everyone for their input and encouragement.

Finally, I want to recognize everyone who ran for public office for taking the initiative to stand as a candidate.  Every candidate I have come across in this municipal election has demonstrated a keen desire to make their city better, to build community or contribute to a first class education system for our children.  Please show your appreciation for their efforts by voting.

Polling stations are open at 10:00 am until 8:00 pm.  To find out where you vote, visit

Thank you!

Phil Homerski


Be sure your vote supports Catholic education in Ontario

During my canvassing for Catholic School Trustee, I have come across a number of friends and Ward constituents that thought they were registered to vote in the Separate School System but didn’t show up on my voters’ list.  The following was forwarded by the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association and is an excellent review of what Catholic School supporters need to know to ensure they receive the correct ballot at the polling station.

You are part of an engaged segment of Ontario’s Catholic school supporters and we thank you for your interest and participation in the Together In Faith movement for publicly funded Catholic education in Ontario.

As you know, on October 22 you will have an opportunity to participate in voting for your local municipal politicians which include your local Catholic school board trustee. Some of you may have already voted in the advance polls.

We want to remind you that only registered Catholic school (separate school) supporters can vote for Catholic trustees. To check if you are a registered Catholic school supporter and to change/correct your information on your municipal voters’ list, you can do one of the following:

Go to the municipal offices for your community and fill out an application to be added to the list or to correct information. Proof of identification may be required. Please call your municipal office in advance to determine what documentation you may need.
At the polling station: verify that you are registered as a “separate school supporter.” If your support status is incorrect ask for an “Application to Amend Voters’ List”. This form may be completed and submitted at the polling station.

REMEMBER to ensure that the ballot you are given at the polling station is a separate school ballot as only that ballot will list Catholic school trustee candidates.

Please note that Catholic ratepayers must declare themselves to be Catholic and separate school electors in order to cast a vote in the election of separate Catholic school trustees in municipal elections.

All the best and please remember to encourage your family and friends to vote!

Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association

To get the most current news and updates on the Together in Faith campaign please visit:
Together In Faith
Together in Faith – A project by the OCSTA, supported by OECTA and ACBO. · Canada

Q&A for Flamborough Review

The Flamborough Review’s Catherine O’Hara recently gave all the school board trustee candidates in Flamborough an opportunity to respond to some questions related to education in our community.  The following are my responses to her questions.

Reason for running:  I want to ensure that we maintain both academic excellence and a robust Catholic environment to inspire our students to be the best they can be.

Why should residents vote for you:  Through my life-long involvement with this Catholic School Board coupled with my real-world experience in community-building and government relations, I will bring a fresh perspective to the education sector, the Board and to your school community.

Q&A 1 – What do you feel is the top issue affecting education in Flamborough and what is your strategy to tackle this issue?

School bus shortages continue to plague our schools across both Boards. The transportation consortium clearly has failed to effectively serve our students.  As your Trustee, and with the support of my colleagues, I will direct the consortium to provide a comprehensive analysis of the service levels, complaint resolution process and budget to allow both Boards to explore options related to the agreement that will bring greater accountability to student transportation services.  It is imperative that all stakeholders – Board officials, student transportation providers and ratepayers – be involved in collaboratively developing workable solutions.

Q&A 2 – What are your plans to bolster mental health supports in local schools?

Our children and teens need a supportive and safe environment to promote good mental health.  As your Trustee I will encourage programs that promote regular physical activity, outdoor activities and a supportive faith environment – all proven elements for positive mental development in children and youth.  It is also important for children to be involved in after-school activities that boost their self-esteem and self-worth.  Sports, clubs, coding,  robotics and other after-school activities can be effectively delivered using school facilities and in partnership with parents, local businesses, community organizations and the parish community.

As Ward 12 & 13 Trustee, I will fully support our Board continuing the strong relationship our schools have developed with the City of Hamilton’s Public Health Services.  Finally, it is important that our teachers and staff are provided with appropriate supports to maintain good mental health.  Faith development coupled with a comprehensive employee assistance program are imperative for good personal mental health as well as a healthy classroom environment.

Q&A 3 – With areas of Flamborough growing at a fast rate, how do you plan to solve for the accommodation crunch?

Through my experience with the City of Hamilton, I am very familiar with the growth projections for the city and its constituent communities.  When the Waterdown area began its rapid development, I was very engaged as a parent representative on one of our school’s accommodations committees and presented as a delegation to the Board to encourage the building of a new school.  Since then, I have been very pleased with the reasoned and visionary approach the Catholic Board has had in anticipating resources required for growth in Flamborough and other areas.  I am confident that the Board’s administration is appropriately planning for growth in key areas across Hamilton and I intend to be diligent to accommodations issues and ensure that appropriate planning continues.

It is very important that the Board is aware of accommodation issues and equally important that ratepayers are informed of planning for student accommodation in our communities.  As a communications professional, I know the importance of all stakeholders to be informed and engaged in decisions that affect all involved now and in the future.  I plan to provide regular updates to ratepayers and will advocate for meaningful consultation when important policies and decisions need to be made.

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Are you sure you’re registered to vote?

The municipal and school board election is coming up on October 22, but now is the time to make sure that you are on the voters’ list. As your Catholic School Board candidate for Ward 12 & 13 and having considerable experience as a Deputy Returning Officer for several past municipal elections and by-elections, I want to make sure your voting experience is as positive and efficient as possible.

The voter lists for municipal and school board elections in Ontario are managed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).  MPAC says, “it is the responsibility of every elector to make sure their information is up-to-date” and accurate.

Take the time to check if you are on the voters’ list by visiting or call 1-866-296-6722.  On the MPAC Website, you can:

  • confirm or update your electoral information;
  • add an elector name to an address; and,
  • change school support.

Please make sure your school support is registered correctly.  If you are a supporter of the Catholic School Board, your school support on the voters’ list should read “English Separate school board.”

Did you know?

  • Changes made to the voters’ list for the June Provincial election are not reflected in the voters’ list for the October municipal election. Changes to the municipal voters’ list must be made through MPAC or through the City Clerk.
  • The default for school support is to “English Public school board.”  That means when you move into a new municipality and your children attend a Catholic school, you must change your school support on your voter registration information to “English Separate school board” if you wish to support the Catholic school system in your community.