Thank you for taking the time to find out a bit more about me and how I would like to contribute to the schools of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
I am a native of Ottawa region and was raised just over on the Quebec side. The path of my first career was geared towards academia. After graduating with Honours from Queen’s University I spent most of my twenties acting in teaching assistant roles while continuing my education at the University of Guelph and the University of Ottawa. This path brought me to a full-time teaching position in the Quebec CEGEP system as an instructor of college level Philosophy, Ethics, and Critical Thinking.
While I was teaching and pursuing a doctoral degree my career took a sharp turn towards real estate. I admit that this started, in part, as a distraction but it allowed me to take on new challenges in a field that was in many ways unfamiliar. Since then my new career has blossomed and has given me familiar opportunities to enjoy work that requires the ability to multi-task and adapt. Like teaching, being a real estate broker means that I cannot approach work with the same stale methods and outdated perspectives year after year while expecting success. It, as well, is work that is difficult and often frustrating but constantly rewarding because of the life-changing services you deliver to others.
Since becoming a new father I have felt a desire to, once again, broaden my horizons and contribute to our community in new ways. That’s why I’m here – I believe that my interests and concerns with how education evolves locally and my experience providing services to, and mediating disagreements between, various stakeholders would be valuable assets to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
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I am the only River Ward OCDSB candidate in the running who has a comprehensive platform.
I am for redistributing OCDSB electoral districts, adding Trustees to improve our ability to resolve constituent concerns.
I will vote to change bus service eligibility criteria so that the service is available to more students during the winter months. Walking/biking will be encouraged in the spring/fall to reduce overall costs.
While I do believe that all schools are important I am running in central/south Ottawa and will be a voice for our older schools inside the greenbelt. We are an expanding city but we should be at least as concerned about aging infrastructure as we are about new development. Continuing to revitalize the core means having great schools for families to send their children to.
Meaningful meetings, not just ‘business as usual’ – I would like to promote more active involvement from non-voting stakeholders and community members at meetings, beyond having meetings simply open to the public.
I would like to start a program where properly vetted community members may initiate and supervise extracurricular activities.
Students must have access to sources of alternative learning and methods geared to special needs, however, the concept of generalized standards (especially in math and science) cannot be seen as politically incorrect.
I will help fight provincial cutbacks with the goal of defending the professional status of teachers and sustaining positive learning environments for students.
I will vote to cut Trustee expense accounts ($8500) in half, restrict out of province 'professional development' travel, andeliminate irresponsible expense spending on international professional development travel.