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OCDSB Trustees Elect 2017-2018 Chair and Vice-Chair

December 4, 2017 – Ottawa, ON - Trustees Shirley Seward and Lynn Scott have been elected by their fellow trustees, to the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. The election took place at the Board’s December 4, 2017, annual organizational meeting.

Shirley Seward has served as Zone Trustee for River Zone since 2010, when she was first elected as a Public School Board Trustee. This will be her fourth term as Chair. 

Ms. Seward spent 15 years as CEO of the Canadian Labour Market and Productivity Centre, a national think-tank on education needs and workplace co-operation. She has a long history of advocacy and policy reform. She spent many years working on refugee and poverty issues in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. 

Ms. Seward said, “I am honoured to be asked to serve as Chair for a fourth consecutive term. I would like to offer my thanks to my fellow trustees for their continued collaboration and encouragement. Together we are making great improvements in the areas of learning, equity, well-being, engagement, stewardship and student achievement.”

Vice-Chair, Lynn Scott, was first elected to the Carleton Board of Education in 1994.  Elected to serve on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in 1997, she became the first chair of the newly amalgamated board in 1997-1998, served as vice-chair in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, and again as chair in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.  In her time as a trustee, she has served on or led all of the board’s major committees, and has played a significant role in initiatives to improve program delivery for all students.

Trustee Scott said she is looking forward to her new role as Vice-Chair of the Board. Ms. Scott is respected for her strategic planning abilities and governance leadership. She represents West Carleton-March, Stittsville, Rideau-Goulbourn.  A strong advocate for lifelong learning, she is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the American Educational Research Association.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board of Trustees is made up of 12 trustees elected by zone and 2 student trustees. The trustees are responsible for overseeing a thriving and progressive educational system, which serves over 72,000 students in 147 schools and sites. Trustees are empowered under the Education Act to set policy for the operation of all public schools in the Ottawa area.

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