The byelection in Scarborough on Monday, Dec. 10, saw longtime resident Garry Tanuan elected to fill the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) trustee position left vacant in September following Tobias Enverga’s appointment to the Senate.
Tanuan, who has lived in TCDSB Ward 8 for 12 years and has four children who attend Catholic school in the ward, won the byelection with 39.9 per cent (or 1,120 votes) of the 2,805 total votes cast, decisively beating out a field of nine other contenders.
In a statement released Wednesday, Tanuan said he was “humbled” by the results.
“It is an honour to represent the Catholic ratepayers of Ward 8,” he said. “I am humbled by the decisive mandate given to me by the voters at a critical time when the government of Ontario has been interfering in the Constitutional rights of Catholics to provide authentic Catholic education.”
Tanuan, who has more than 20 years experience as a consultant and project manager in the financial, biotech, clinical research, energy and education industries, had previously served as both Ward 8’s elected representative on the Toronto Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) and as Cardinal Leger’s representative at the Toronto Association of Parents in Catholic Education (TAPCE).
He campaigned on promises to: work to protect the right to a fully-funded Catholic education; to promote “Respecting Differences” clubs over Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) as the solution for bullying issues in Catholic schools; and to fight against government efforts to “undermine the identity of our Catholic schools by promoting the teachings of the Catholic Church in our schools.”
Following his win, Tanuan lauded the other nine candidates – who included Paul Del Grande, uncle of Ward 7 Trustee John Del Grande and brother of Scarborough-Agincourt Councillor Mike Del Grande, consultant Alexander McLeod, Kevin Morrison, who recently filed a claim with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to overturn the TCDSB’s recent decision to have their students sing the national anthem a capella, Michael Alam, Iola Fortino, Donald Franzak, Diane Hogan, Leo Ng and Glenn Webster – for campaigns well run.
“The other nine candidates ran great campaigns,” Tanuan said, crediting the support of the family, friends and neighbours who made up his campaign team for his success. “It was good for our democratic processes that the ratepayers were given plenty of choice for their votes.”
Tanuan will be sworn in at the TCDSB’s final board meeting of 2012 on Thursday night.