Endorsements

What people are saying about Chris

Chris Ellis has been a long-time, independent, progressive, reliable voice promoting quality education for our high-needs neighbourhood.
His re-election would ensure that a strong voice remains at the table.

Rawlson King, President, Overbrook Community Association

I thoroughly endorse Chris Ellis for reelection as a Trustee at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) for Zone 6, Rideau-Rockcliffe and Alta Vista. I have known Chris Ellis for approximately five to six years.
Our acquaintance began as volunteers on the OCDSB’s Advisory Committee on Equity (ACE). During this period he has demonstrated his dedication and willingness to put in the hard work in representing the organization or community he represents.
As a Trustee, he has ensured that the voice of his community is heard at the Board of Trustee meetings. He is very active at all the Advisory Committee meetings in which he participates, including those of ACE.
Representing a constituency that has a large immigrant and socio-economic challenged population, Chris is one of several vibrant voices around the Trustee table that are championing the delivery of the Equity Pillar of the OCDSB’s Strategic Plan.
Chris’s dedication to this pillar is to ensure that the OCDSB places an equity and inclusive lens on the review, development, implementation, and monitoring of all policies to support student achievement and well-being, especially for the students in his riding.

Harvey B. Brown, Past Chair, Advisory Committee on Equity

Chris takes his role as a trustee for our education system seriously.  He listens to what families and their students need, and tries to ensure that their needs are met.

Kate Greer-Close,

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

Chris Ellis has been very active in the past four years supporting the Ward 13 Youth Strategy, fighting for Rideau HS to remain open and then, when it closed, working with partners for a Community Hub making sure the school remains a public asset in the community.

Yacouba Traoré, Executive Director of Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre

Chris has worked for years to increase regard for grass-roots views about public education's short and long-term impacts and potential. While his long-term community activism has resulted in several local improvements, his policy perceptiveness and leadership over the years, both as education advocate and as Trustee, has led to many lasting improvements for students and families across the OCDSB. Chris remains sorely needed as the Board tackles new challenges, and voters Zone-wide can be confident he'll continue to provide balanced and energetic representation.

Rob Campbell, former Chair Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC), former OCDSB Trustee 2006-2014

Chris Ellis is an exceptional trustee. He is committed, approachable and delves deep in to the issues that affect his constituents. His positive attitude, genuine commitment and leadership skills combined with his extensive knowledge of process and policy make him an excellent fit for the position of trustee. Chris has done an excellent job in his position as trustee and he deserves to continue in this important role.

Cindy Harrison, Parent

Trustee Chris Ellis was an elemental lead in supporting Storefront School, which is an adult-transition school supporting students, with disabilities, skills, and knowledge needed to be independent in the workforce. Working with Trustee Ellis was very easy as he listened to the needs of my mother, my brother and parents of past and current Storefront Students. He understood the importance of the programming at Storefront and how it benefited the students in their future success. Due to his leadership in bringing parents and students together to have their voices heard, Storefront remains open and continues to provide a safe learning space for adult students. He is empathetic and understands the importance of supporting strong and effective programs for students with special needs. He is a Trustee that I can stand by and vouch for because he is hardworking, understanding, caring and will always do what is best for the students.

Eliza Ali, Sister

Chris Ellis takes the time to understand the issues around public education and fought hard to continue the exceptional OCDSB Storefront program that has brought enormous advantages to my son and to its other graduates.  Chris listens to parents and approaches being a trustee with a great amount of fiscal responsibility and common sense.

Judith Young, Parent

I was truly encouraged by Chris Ellis's support to the former Rideau High School community, many members of whom were newcomers to Canada. Chris sought community input, listened carefully to this input, and took appropriate action. And although the ultimate decision was to close RHS in 2017, Chris demonstrated genuine commitment to the students and their parents, in particular those who literally lacked the words to voice their concerns directly.

Sachiko Okuda,
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