Hard to believe it has been four years but here I am seeking re-election for Public School Trustee for Zone 6 Rideau-Rockcliffe and Alta Vista. Although I came into the position as trustee with a good knowledge of the school board, I have learned a lot about how things work these past four years. I will take the lessons learned to be an even more effective advocate for high quality public education in my zone and throughout the public school board. Some of the issues, concerns and oppurtunities Looking Ahead to the New Term

I believe I have been a positive influence for students and the community. I hope you think so too, and will vote for me Monday, October 22, 2018.

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Student success

Strong schools

Student success is a priority for Chris Ellis Zone 6 Trustee Candidate Trustee Candidate for Rideau-Rockcliffe and Alta Vista Chris Ellis will work to provide strong schools.

Accessible regular and extracurricular programs that encourage and support all students

Strong academics, arts, technical and recreational programs

Parent engagement

Community connections

Trustee Candidate Chris Ellis will assist parents to be active partners in their children’s education Public School Trustee Candidate Chris Ellis believes in keeping schools at the heart of their communities

Helping parents be active partners in their children’s education

Keeping schools at the heart of their communities

Highlights

My Position on the Health (sex ed) Curriculum

I am concerned about the loss of components on consent and respect for gender diversity from the Health Curriculum. These two components are in much of the Board's teaching, so I can only imagine teachers' confusion. The rescinded curriculum also deals with issues missing from the 1998 curriculum such as the internet and texting. The province has given vague assurances that these components can still be addressed, but there is no clarity about how.

District staff have reassured trustees and the public that many of the issues addressed in the 2015 Health Curriculum will continue to be addressed, including through resources such as books that reflect the diversity of families and events like the Rainbow forum. I am exploring how trustees can support staff in continuing to provide this information.

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What People Are Saying About Chris

Chris has demonstrated his commitment to education, and has supported some of the most vulnerable children in our city in his role. I have been thoroughly impressed by his efficiency and efficacy, and his active engagement in the community. I have confidence in his dedication to this role, and believe he will continue to be a fierce advocate for education and the needs of Ottawa families.

Sara Dwyer, Executive Director, Russell Heights Community House

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