Kirsten Doyle was born in South Africa, and moved to Canada in 2000. She has two sons attending Toronto District School Board schools. Her eldest son is in high school, and the other is entering his final year of elementary school.
Kirsten’s high schooler is a student with special needs. In advocating for him, Kirsten has many years of experience dealing with the TDSB special education system. In fact, Kirsten is responsible for the creation of a new intermediate program for students with mild intellectual disabilities at the elementary school he attended.
Active within her youngest son’s elementary school for many years, Kirsten is currently a TDSB community coach for the track & field and cross-country teams. She served on the school advisory council (SAC) for three years, leading as chair for the last two. During her time as chair, the SAC donated over $10,000 to the school for the purchase of Chromebooks and classroom library materials. This has led to direct quantifiable benefits for the students. Kirsten has also successfully steered the SAC through some challenges, during which some record-breaking fundraising events have been held.
Kirsten holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Cape Town, as well as a post-graduate diploma in business management from Edinburgh Business School, and a post-graduate certificate in writing from Berkeley.
Kirsten’s career spans thirty years of experience in information technology, project management, along with professional writing and communications. This solid career background of experiences has given Kirsten a wide array of skills that will serve her well in her role as TDSB trustee. Kirsten is able to listen to all sides of an issue, identify the key points of concern, and address them through collaboration and communication.
Kirsten is a strong believer in helping and working within the community. Together with her husband, she ran the Light of DAE Studios for fifteen years. This was a free recording studio designed to help at-risk youth in the community find positive ways in which to channel their energy. Several Light of DAE alumni credit the studio for setting them onto a better path.
Kirsten is strongly committed to public education. She is determined to ensure that the voices of the students do not get drowned out, and that the concerns of their parents are addressed. Kirsten pledges that if she is elected, her number one priority will be the wellbeing and success of the students.