Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
August 28, 2020
UPDATED August 31, 2020

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Ontario SAFE (Safety Advocacy for Education) advocacy group will hold a media event and press conference on Monday, August 31st at 2:00 pm to present demands for smaller class sizes and safety protocols in Ontario schools, based on evidence and advice of public health experts.

DATE: Monday, August 31st, 2020

TIME: 2:00 pm

LOCATION: Queen’s Park, front lawn
110 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2

This is a closed event, open to members of the press only.

Speakers will include:  

  • Ahmed Al-Jaishi, Epidemiologist
    Ahmed Al-Jaishi is an Epidemiologist at Lawson Health Research Institute and Ph.D. Candidate in the Health Research Methodology program at McMaster University.

  • Debbie Montgomery, President, Unifor Local 4268
    Debbie Montgomery is the President of Unifor Local 4268, representing school bus drivers.

  • Sara Muinuddin, Ontario student
    Sara Muinuddin is a 13-year-old soccer athlete living in Mississauga. As a Grade 8 student, Sara is concerned about the impact of the global pandemic on the health and well-being of herself, her family members and the most vulnerable members of her community.

  • Jon Shell, Managing Director, Social Capital Partners &  Co-founder, Save Small Business
    Jon Shell is Managing Director of Social Capital Partners and has been involved in local small business for 25 years. He is the Co-Founder of Save Small Business, a grassroots coalition of over 38,000 small businesses advocating for business interests during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Jill Promoli, parent advocate for illness prevention in schools
    Jill Promoli is a mother of three. Following the loss of her two-year-old son to influenza B in 2016, she founded For Jude, For Everyone, a campaign to advocate for flu vaccination and illness prevention in our classrooms and communities. She lives in Mississauga with her husband and two living children.

Also available on-site for interviews:

  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University in the area of global education. Member, World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement. Leading high-level policy brief on education and the global education emergency for the special task force on COVID-19 to feed into the 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit process. Submitted recommendations to the Ontario Ministry of Education based on international best practice.

  • Ryan Imgrund, Biostatistician, Southlake Regional Health Centre, specializing in COVID-19 modelling and Ontario High School Teacher. Consulted Sick Kids Hospital on “COVID-19: Guidance for School Reopening” and participated in Sick Kids Hospital School Simulation.

  • Kelly Iggers, Parent, elementary teacher, creator of petition for smaller class sizes with 250,000 signatories, and founder of Ontario SAFE.


Video for b-roll available upon request (email

About Ontario SAFE:

Ontario Safety Advocacy for Education (Ontario SAFE) is a volunteer-led group of doctors and medical professionals, education experts, researchers, business leaders, parents, educators, students, community leaders and others.

Ontario SAFE’s mission is to create awareness and advocate for safe and equitable conditions in Ontario schools, with a focus on attaining smaller class sizes and safety protocols based on scientific evidence and the advice of public health experts.

We were brought together by Kelly Iggers, a Toronto-based parent and educator whose petition demanding a safe provincial school reopening plan with smaller class sizes gathered over 250,000 signatures.


Ontario SAFE
Twitter: @OntarioSAFE

Please practice physical distancing and wear a mask.