Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Inclusivity Club
Faculty Advisor: Geneva Winterink, Melissa Rutledge

The Inclusivity Club is a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community at CDS and also a space for non-LGBTQ+ students and teachers to learn about and understand issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. With student members from Grades 9 through 12, the club aims to educate the CDS community on topics that concern the LGBTQ+ community and destigmatize the LGBTQ+ community within CDS.

The club is planning to share a presentation and video designed to encourage students to discuss, reflect on and understand the harm of stereotypes. A guest speaker will also talk about his experience of being closeted at an all-boys school and offer general advice to people in similar positions, as well as to allies.

“I want to help provide a safe space for students in our LGBTQ+ community and their allies. As a member of the community myself, I hope that my participation sets a positive example for students to be their true selves.” Geneva Winterink, Faculty Advisor

“I want to see long-lasting education about LGBTQ+ issues within the CDS community and long-term change as well.” Chelsea Mao ’22, Student Coordinator

“I want to influence our school culture. I want to be an ally and I want the school to be more inclusive.” Joshua Simmonds ’09 and SS faculty member

Land Acknowledgment

The Country Day School wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. Our nearest Indigenous Nations are now the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Chippewas of Georgina Island. The Dish with One Spoon Wampum covenant is often cited as an example of the shared responsibility for caring for these lands among the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples who would call these their traditional territories. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection to this land can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220 


Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.