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.

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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Chris has been a volunteer in schools and at the School Board since his now grown children were young.

As a volunteer, Chris led and participated in activities from fundraising to policy discussions and worked consistently to involve other parents and encourage the School Board to strengthen its consultations on important decisions. 

As trustee, Chris has consulted widely and taken leadership on issues of importance for the students and parents of Alta Vista & Rideau-Rockcliffe. He has worked hard to increase student success and enhance the vital contributing factors of strong schools, parent engagement and community connections.


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


Monday Oct. 1, - All Trustee Candidate meeting for Zone 6 Alta Vista and Rideau-Rockcliffe

Monday Oct. 1, - All Trustee Candidate meeting for Zone 6 Alta Vista and Rideau-Rockcliffe hosted by South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre (SEOCHC)

SEOCHC is hosting a “Municipal Meet & Greet” event with English speaking (public and Catholic) School Board Trustee candidates and community members and would like to invite you to participate. This will be an occasion for residents to get to know the candidates better.

The “Municipal Meet & Greet” will take place on October 1, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre located on 1560 Heatherington Rd., Ottawa.

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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

For forty years now, I have been working to make schools safe and welcoming places for all children.   During this time, I have seen a lot of school officials.  Chris Ellis is exceptional.  He is committed to the educational success of every student.  He knows how to build consensus, find the key pressure points and make change.  Chris Ellis knows how to get things done.  In these difficult times, we need school trustees like Chris Ellis to ensure a better future for all our children.

Timothy J. Stanley, PhD.