Eric Williams, a member of the Peel District School Board since 1997, is committed to the education of students in Ontario’s second largest school system.
Representing Ward 5 in Mississauga for the past 20 years, he has served on all standing and legislated committees of the board.
Williams was the chair of the Instructional Program/Curriculum Committee for the past eight years and represented the board on the Mississauga Traffic Safety Council for eight years.
He sat on the Ontario Public School Board Regional Council for nineteen years, was a director for thirteen years and is currently the enrolment vice-president – the first racialized person to serve that organization in these capacities.
His interest in helping children in Peel began in 1975, one year after he and his family arrived in the city, when as the education director at the Malton Black Development Association he initiated the first afterschool homework club at Lancaster Public School in Malton.
Its goal was to assist newly arrived students from Africa and the Caribbean to assimilate into the Canadian school system and to enhance their academic performance.
An avid volunteer, Williams has been very active in several organizations, including the Peel Multicultural Council, Peel Community Police Race and Ethnic Relations Committee, Malton Ratepayers Association and the Malton Neighbourhood Services.
Apart from being its education director, he also served as vice president and president for Malton Black Development Association, spending a total of 11 years there.
Williams received commendations from all levels of government for his work such as the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Award. He was also the recipient of awards from several community organizations.