You might have seen Karen and Lanrick around the school yard, or perhaps you’ve made it out to one of the school council meetings so far this year. The pair have stepped up to co-chair our council this year, and we’re grateful for the work they do. Read on to learn a little more about who they are.
In addition to being the Project Manager, maid, cook, and laundry technician of her household, Karen Thomson is an Instructor at University of Toronto’s English Language Program and has a Master of Teaching from U of T. She came to Blake when her children (James, aged 6, going on 16, and Rachel, aged 8, going on 80) began the French Immersion program.
She strongly believes in the research that shows that the best way to for parents to support their children in school is to do just what her parents did – get involved, at school and at home. To that end, at home, she’s very involved in the adventures of Captain Underpants, Dogman, and Creepella Von Cacklefur, and at school, she is involved in many school council initiatives.
Because she is an out-of-catchment parent, she has been very concerned about engaging “bus parents” in the Blake school community, and therefore worked to establish the Communications Committee and the Blake Blog. She believes that by knowing what’s happening at the school, parents and caregivers can ask good questions at home and be more engaged in their children’s lives.
Lanrick Jr. Bennett currently works as a Regional Advisor for the Toronto Region at Queen’s Park. Prior to his jump to politics, Lanrick spent several years in Arts Education; at The Second City, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and most recently at the Toronto Centre for the Arts where he co-created a music series called Bare Bones & UpFront.
This school year he’s hoping to continue the growth of parental participation in all things Blake. From the Fun Fair and Pizza Lunches to Sports Coaching and School Dances. Get Involved should be our mini rally call. No involvement is to small. He’s also hoping to help encourage more students (and parents) to walk and/or bike to school.
In his spare time he works with a social media team advocating all things East End @IdeasForWard30 and sits on the Board of Directors for Dusk Dances. Lanrick lives at Jones and Strathcona with his wife Sabrina (a Nurse Manager at Princess Margaret Hospital) and two children Jackson Ryan (age 6) and Zoë Elizabeth (aged 9 who attends Duke Of Connaught.)
If you’d like to get in touch with either Karen or Lanrick, send them a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.