It is important for communities and their schools to forge links that foster healthy learning and growth for everyone.
- Partnership opportunities exist to coordinate after school activities and family services among community organizations.
- Community volunteers can enrich the life of a school and its students; they should be valued and supported.
- Communities should have a voice in how their children are educated and be able to share their expertise and experience with the School Board.
- Communities, linked by geography or other common factors, are complex and varied and should be encouraged and empowered to work with their schools and the School Board for student success.
Chris has supported community connections by:
- facilitating the start-up of homework clubs run by community organizations in Queen Mary and Manor Park schools;
- as former Chair of the Overbrook West-McArthur steering committee, inviting local schools to participate in the Community Development Framework, a City of Ottawa program that brings together residents, service providers, agencies, researchers and funders to improve their neighbourhoods;
- participating at Community Association events when invited;
- working consistently to encourage the School Board to ensure consultations on important decisions are comprehensive and include outreach to, and input from, all affected groups.
"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