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Anthony Hope

for OCDSB Zone 6 Trustee

 

 

Leadership - Service - Experience

 

 Let's make a difference, together!

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About Anthony

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Anthony is a passionate community leader driven by a desire to ensure all Ottawa youth who are part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board are empowered to achieve their highest potential. He is an ardent proponent of developing young leaders of character who are equipped to face the challenges of the world beyond their formative years in public education. Anthony is running to become your elected Zone 6 OCDSB Trustee  to ensure the quality of our public education is preserved and to be an advocate for students, parents and school district staff.

 

While originally from Belfast (N. Ireland), Anthony grew up in Surrey, BC. There, as a result of the positive influence of his teachers and mentors, he came to understand that a good education opened numerous doors to become a change-maker in his community. While a student, Anthony was involved in a number of initiatives at his school, throughout the school district, and in the community. He created a breakfast program to serve students at his school irrespective of socio-economic status. He was also proud to be a lead advocate (and subsequently a community representative with the Surrey School District) for a comprehensive anti-homophobia policy framework that was successfully implemented district wide. He was honoured to be a 2015 recipient of the Loran Scholarship for his community work, a Top 25 Under 25 youth, and one of six students featured by the Student Life Network

Anthony attended the University of Toronto for an Honours B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is also a graduate of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, where he earned a M.A. in International Affairs., and he currently works full-time in the field of international relations. Outside of work, he volunteers his time working with young people as a crisis responder with Kid's Help Phone, is a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross, and is a Director-at-Large with the Ottawa-Vanier Electoral District Association.

 

Anthony is excited to work hard and earn your support to become your OCDSB Trustee and is committed to fighting for you every step of the way.

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Campaign Commitments

Budget

OCDSB Trustees have an obligation to spend public funds responsibly 

  • Establish a grant program to support student-initiated special projects (up to a certain amount) to promote civic engagement

  • Develop an action plan to reduce the class size cap on kindergarten programs from 29 (hard cap) to 23

  • Work towards a balanced budget in the spirit of fiscal responsibility  

Green Schools

  • In partnership with EcoSchools Canada, work towards certifying all OCDSB schools as EcoSchools within three years

  • Encourage all schools to appoint / elect an environmental stewardship committee to generate ideas and projects to work towards reducing school carbon footprints

Safe Schools

Schools should be a safe, inclusive and welcoming place for all to learn, collaborate, and grow

  • Create a platform in partnership with community partners to house resources on student safety for students and parents & host an anonymous form for students to report violence / bullying / harassment or for bystanders to report incidents

  • In partnership with community partners (e.g., Kid’s Help Phone/Crisis Text Line, CMHA), develop a youth-friendly, accessible and interactive web platform with easy-to-access resources on mental health, self-referrals to crisis and mental health support services, and more

EDI

Our schools are filled with diversity, and every student should have the opportunity to reach their highest potential without undue barriers

  • Keep EDI at the heart of all policymaking

  • Provide training to school teachers and administrators on neurodiversity within our schools, including how to support and promote learning amongst neurodiverse students

 

Student Success

I am committed to ensuring the quality of our public education and ensuring students have the tools necessary to thrive

  • Create a task force to survey student achievement against established achievement benchmarks to quantitatively identify where students have fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic and work towards helping learners in the post-pandemic recovery period.

  • Advocate for a standard, province-wide curriculum on basic skills development (e.g., how mortgages work, budgets, finding employment, community resources, etc.)

  • Explore ways to partner with Ottawa-based colleges and universities to allow Grade 11/12 students to attend a university course for credit to gain experience with higher-learning

  • Promote academic achievement and skill development through district-wide speech festivals, hackathon’s, etc.

  • Immediately convene a special purpose committee to examine how to implement recommendations of the Right to Read Inquiry, including using evidence-backed learning assessments to identify struggling students for early intervention

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