Alex Johnstone is Vice Chair of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and twice elected School Trustee serving Ancaster, Binbrook, Mount Hope & Copetown. Alex is recognized as a strong advocate for public education; standing up for the needs of all students.
Working with parents and community members, Alex has brought revitalization to schools in the communities she serves including new school construction in Summit Park, Tiffany Hills, C.H. Bray and she closely supported the work of her colleague to bring about the new construction of Beverly Central. Renovations have taken place at Mount Hope and Michaëlle Jean and renovations are scheduled to bring each school up to our trustee approved benchmark strategy. Over the last 8 years, Ancaster High has received $12 million in upgrades including newly renovated east and west wings, a new library, science labs, refurbished gyms, a new high technology computer lab and next summer a new natural turf playing field! Alex is dedicated to making all schools great schools.
In addition to school revitalization, Alex has proudly worked with parents, students and staff to advocate annually for increased funding for special education, worked with community members to spearhead an action strategy for our highest need students, secured additional bussing for French Immersion students and this past year Alex chaired a provincial committee that worked with students across Ontario to strengthen and formalize the role of student trustees.
In the community, Alex serves as a mentor with YWCA Canada’s Young Professional Mentorship Program, is President of Quest Learning Centre United Church in Westdale and she works with the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction with a specific focus on child poverty.
Alex is an experienced child advocate and holds a Bachelor of Social Work with a specialization in child welfare and child development. She also holds a Masters in Social Work-Social Policy. Alex previously worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist with children with autism. She has also worked for the Vancouver School Board as a Child and Family Support Worker.
Alex is a dynamic community leader committed to the families she serves. When not working you’ll likely find her paddle boarding or hiking the Bruce Trail.