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2014 Election Archive

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Headquarters: Nepean
Website: www.ocdsb.ca
Voting Regions: 12
Total Trustee Seats Available: 12

Zone 1

Number of Available Seats: 1
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    Sue GRANT
    About Me:

    Sue lives in the village of Carp with her husband and 2 children.The Grant family has lived in Carp for 4 generations. Sue's father, Rae, joined the Air Force as a young man and travelled the world. Sue returned to Carp to live in 1974. She graduated from Huntley Centennial P.S. and Earl of March S.S. She graduated from St. Lawrence College in Kingston after studying Commercial Communications and Business Administration / Marketing. In 1987, Sue married Pierre Simard, an Army Officer and they set off to travel the world. They returned to Carp to live in 2003. Sue is a results driven communicator with exceptional relationship building and problem solving skills. Some of her professional accomplishments include an award winning Marketing Director at Place d'Orleans Shopping Centre, marketing positions with various media outlets including the Halifax Daily News, Kingston Publications and Rogers Communications (Y105). Sue was one of the founding members of the Canadian Military Family Resource Centre in the UK. She also taught Media Buying at St. Lawrence College. Sue has done communications consulting for a multinational medical devices firm and a local real estate group. More

  • Placeholder image of Andrea INGHAM
    Andrea INGHAM
  • Placeholder image of Todd JOHNSON
    Todd JOHNSON
  • Placeholder image of Lynn SCOTT
    Lynn SCOTT
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    Elected

Zone 2

Number of Available Seats: 1

Zone 3

Number of Available Seats: 1
  • Image of Donna BLACKBURN
    Donna BLACKBURN
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    Elected
    About Me:

    It is truly an honour for me to serve as a Trustee on the Ottawa-Carleton School Board as the representative for Zone 3, Barrhaven-Knoxdale / Merivale. I have proven myself as an effective Trustee who works with my community, the broader community, my colleagues on the Board and staff to improve the lives of students and their families. I want to be re-elected so that we can continue together to maintain the positve changes that have been made and that we can bring forward yet more progressive ideas that enhance the student experience More

  • Image of Kimberly BOUFFARD
    Kimberly BOUFFARD
    About Me:

    Young people in school today will be joining the workforce tomorrow. But are they being prepared for success in the 21st-century work environment? Known as a professional Educator and Project Manager with an entrepreneurial spirit, a vote for Kim ensures that your voice, the voice of concerned parents and students of Barrhaven are heard. Let’s work together to make sure that our children, the students of Barrhaven, have the resources and supports they need to be successful, healthy and confident leaders that have the knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. More

  • Placeholder image of Ashok KUMAR KALRA
    Ashok KUMAR KALRA
  • Placeholder image of Chi SIU
    Chi SIU

Zone 4

Number of Available Seats: 1
  • Placeholder image of Theresa Mary KAVANAGH
    Theresa Mary KAVANAGH
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    Elected
    About Me:

    My twitter name is @ironmaamt. My facebook page is Theresa Kavanagh for Re-election as School Board Trustee

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    Calvin PALEN

Zone 5

Number of Available Seats: 1
  • Image of David FOLTIN
    David FOLTIN
    About Me:

    David Foltin is a longstanding resident and volunteer, and is currently a Director of Finance at a major college, in Nepean. With a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University, years of work experience as a both a public high school teacher and a financial manager, David has the necessary background to ensure that funding is properly budgeted and that we are providing the best quality of education for our children. More

  • Image of Anita Olsen HARPER
    Anita Olsen HARPER
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    Elected
    About Me:

    Anita Olsen Harper has been a resident of Ottawa since 1996 and has four wonderful children who are now adults. Dr. Olsen Harper is the lead researcher for the National Aboriginal Circle against Family Violence (NACAFV) in a Financial Skills and Literacy project. She has an undergraduate degree in Education (Adult Education) from the University of Alberta, a graduate degree in Canadian Studies (Heritage Conservation) from Carleton University and a PhD (2011) from the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. Dr. Olsen Harper was recently recruited to the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee (IHAC) for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). Anita is on Twitter at @AnitaOlseHarper. More

  • Placeholder image of Jeremy WITTET
    Jeremy WITTET

Zone 6

Number of Available Seats: 1

Zone 7

Number of Available Seats: 1
  • Image of Lori DANELIAK
    Lori DANELIAK
    About Me:

    As a mother of 4 school age children, I am committed to devoting my time and resources to improving our school system. In addition, I have: The drive and integrity to reach my goals, 18 years in Municipal Finance with the City of Ottawa, 10 years experience on a Board of Directors. Through speaking with many parents, I have volunteers to help me address the following critical issues: busing and transportation, bullying, special education and over-crowding. More

  • Placeholder image of Jerrett DEFAZIO
    Jerrett DEFAZIO
  • Image of Mark FISHER
    Mark FISHER
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    Elected
    About Me:

    Zone 7 is where my wife Claire and I are raising our family, and where our three children are going to elementary school (Grade 3, SK and JK). By re-electing me as your Trustee on October 27th, you will be served by a hard-working individual who will be there for you. My commitment to you is simple -- you can count on me to stand up for students and their families, and I will manage your tax dollars responsibly. More

  • Image of Jennifer JENNEKENS
    Jennifer JENNEKENS

Zone 8

Number of Available Seats: 1

Zone 9

Number of Available Seats: 1
  • Placeholder image of Shawn MENARD
    Shawn MENARD
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    Acclaimed

Zone 10

Number of Available Seats: 1
  • Placeholder image of Idris BEN-TAHIR
    Idris BEN-TAHIR
  • Image of Erica BRAUNOVAN
    Erica BRAUNOVAN
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    Elected
    About Me:

    Erica Braunovan is a candidate for School Board Trustee in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (Zone 10). As the mother of two children that will be attending public school in the fall, Erica firmly believes that all children deserve access to a high quality of education. As a social worker that provides outreach services to schools, Erica sees the potential to grow stronger communities, while educating students. More

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    Guy HUGHES
    About Me:

    Guy grew up in Ottawa attending OCDSB schools, before studying social sciences at the University of Ottawa. While he was still in high school, he started a consulting business, providing IT infrastructure and public relations services. His past clients include the OCDSB,, the Province, and the Government of Canada. Guy has worked on several non-profit boards in Ottawa, where he advocated for sound financial planning and long-term vision. His top priorities are advocating for social equality and workers’ rights. Guy wants your support to advocate for investments in students today to prepare them for the job markets of tomorrow. But, most of all, Guy wants to advocate for you. More

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    Daniel NUGENT
    About Me:

    Who am I? I am Daniel Nugent candidate for Trustee, Ottawa Carlton District School Board, Zone 10. I was born and raised in Ottawa, I am a lawyer and I have been practicing law for the past 9 years. I am the father of a small child enrolled in the OCDSB. I am myself a product of the OCDSB system and I support the school board. What is a School Board Trustee? A trustee is a locally elected member of the public who acts as advocate for public education. By law trustees are required to consult with parents, students and community supporters of the board. Trustees are responsible for establishing police direction for their school board. The Ottawa Carlton District School Board has approximately 71 thousand students and an annual budget of 859 million dollars. Governing this institution is an important job and therefore trustees are important community leaders. Why would I make a good Trustee? If and when elected I shall ensure a strong public education system BY i. promoting accountability throughout the school board; ii. establishing a respectful, caring and professional climate in our schools; and iii. working closely with parent councils to promote community involvement in public education. I have been speaking with and listening to parents in zone 10 over the past few months and I continue to be amazed at the variety of initiatives parents are voluntarily undertaking to improve the quality of public education for their children and other students. For example many parent councils fundraise for things like musical instruments for school orchestras, uniforms and athletic equipment, extra books for school libraries and even petty cash so teachers don’t have to pay out of pocket for arts and craft supplies. I believe that moving forward parent counsels can and should be given greater opportunity to contribute their concerns and suggestions with respect to school board policy directives. I look forward to working closely with parent counsels and other community groups with a view to promoting public education for all 71 thousand students in the OCDSB system. Conclusion: Please remember to vote on Oct 27, 2014, and visit my campaign website at: https://www.facebook.com/votedanielnugent More

Zone 11

Number of Available Seats: 1
  • Image of Sylvia MARTIN
    Sylvia MARTIN
    About Me:

    I am a long time resident of River Ward. I decided to enter the 2014 municipal election after talking to the moms and dads who wait with their children for the school bus when in conversation over a concern they said they had no idea who their Trustee was. Past: I taught grade 8 art and Canadian History back in the 80s. At University I was a TA in my grad year. I’ve taught art in the adult education program in the 90s. Currently: now that I have been retired, I give workshops (gratis) on using art as an alternative means to pharmaceutical based pain management. I am a life student enrolled in online university courses and MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses). My degree is from York University (Toronto), a certificate from Algonquin College (PMF). Cert. Auto-Cad (St. Lawrence College), Film History (Queen’s University, Kingston). I am quite versed in Rules of Order from years on Councils, Board of Governors, Non-Profit Organizations, Communications and Liaison (DFAIT-Security Clearance) and my ongoing work with Ottawa Police Services as an ally with the GLBT Liaison Committee. River Ward is a very large Ward made up of many cultural and economically diverse communities. I have the love of my community, my compassion for education, and a respect for the people I want to be representing. I feel my community deserves more from their Trustee. I will promise this: My self, Jeff and Shirley are very passionate about education. I live in this ward; I feel I understand it better than the other candidates. I believe the community has a very difficult decision to make as we all have skills sets “to bring to the table”. Whatever the outcome, I intend to stay involved, and will offer my time and energies to either incumbent Shirley is re-elected or to Jeff If he is elected. More

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    Jeff SCULLION
    About Me:

    Jeff Scullion is a former teacher, current entrepreneur and father. He brings hands-on experience to the table and is able to think 'outside of the boardroom' when it comes to issues that concern parents the most. Jeff is promoting a proactive platform that promises to provide improvements to student life and to the classroom work environment for teachers. He firmly believes that both fiscal accountability and true social concern need to be better represented at the board. More

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    Shirley SEWARD
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    Elected
    About Me:

    Shirley Seward is the Vice-Chair of the Board and the Trustee for River Zone, first elected in 2010. She has served as Chair of the Education Committee, Audit Committee, and a member of the Budget Committee, as well as the Voting Director of OPSBA. Shirley began her career as a teacher at the elementary and secondary level, in Canada and overseas. Education has been at the centre of her international. national and municipal career. She has two daughters, one of whom is still a student in our Board. She has a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University. More

Zone 12

Number of Available Seats: 1
  • Placeholder image of Peter HEYCK
    Peter HEYCK
  • Image of Sandra SCHWARTZ
    Sandra SCHWARTZ
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    Elected
  • Image of Michael URMINSKY
    Michael URMINSKY
    About Me:

    Michael is strong believer in public education and the role of parents in their children's education. He plays an active role on the Le Phare School Council and is also a member of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board's Parent Involvement Committee. He is a Negotiator with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and worked as a policy analyst and researcher with the a Specialized Agency of the United Nations. He is involved with various community organizations such as the United Way and the Ottawa District Labour Council. More