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Swearing in Ceremony for Somerset/Kitchissippi Trustee

Swearing in Ceremony for Somerset/Kitchissippi Trustee
Posted on 02/19/2020
Swearing in Ceremony for Somerset/Kitchissippi Trustee

In a special OCDSB board meeting Tuesday, Justine Bell was sworn in as new trustee for Zone 10, Somerset Kitchissippi, for a term ending November 14, 2022.

The OCDSB has 12 school trustees who are elected to serve a four year term and two student trustees who serve a one year term. Each Trustee represents one of our 12 electoral zones. Each zone has a diverse community with unique needs, priorities and educational requirements. Trustees meet regularly as the Board of Trustees. At the Board table, trustees represent the issues and concerns of their community and make decisions based on the interests of all students in the district.

Background – Justine Bell

Justine Bell grew up in North Vancouver in a large family of activists and care workers. Her upbringing formed a strong foundation for her studies, volunteer efforts and work in international development. Her first career was as a community integration worker for youth with disabilities. Justine moved to Ottawa 12 years ago from Mexico City with her husband Guillermo. Over the years, she has completed a Masters of Public Policy and Administration, led on Canada’s policy for engaging civil society organizations around the world, worked on Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan, spoke about the importance of consultation at the United Nations, volunteered with refugees, and served as the Vice President of a faith-based community organization. She currently works as a senior analyst at Global Affairs Canada on poverty reduction, where she is responsible for listening, researching and advising on what is needed to make the world more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable.

Justine is also a mom of an energetic child who has just started her education journey with the OCDSB in Centretown, Ottawa. Justine believes in a sustainable future where her daughter and all students can thrive; where the community works together to meaningfully address socio-economic discrepancies, climate change and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Justine looks forward to actively participating in thoughtful discussion on the Board, to listening to her constituents, and to helping people to navigate the education system. She is committed to co-creating a culture of innovation, caring and social responsibility.

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