Mr. Roach currently serves as Coordinating Superintendent, Equity and Community
Services, for the York Region District School Board. He was born in Montserrat and
arrived in Canada in his early teens. He completed most of his schooling in Montreal
where he graduated from Marymount High School, Vanier College CEGEP, and
Concordia and McGill Universities. Throughout his 33-year career as an educator, Mr.
Roach has had opportunities to have a profound impact on the lives of young people.
Hel taught English in Quebec and Ontario for 16 years before becoming an administrator
in 1995. His experiences as a teacher and administrator have reinforced his belief that –
regardless of students’ ascribed identities – schools are places where they can expand
dreams on their journey towards full participation in Canadian society.