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October 20 2010
*For immediate release*
Trustee Brockington endorses John Marshall for Ottawa Carleton District School Board Zone 6 Trustee.
Public School Board Trustee Riley Brockington offered his endorsement on Wednesday to newcomer John Marshall for Zone 6 Trustee (Alta Vista and Rideau/Rockcliffe).
“Mr. Marshall has consistently shown both through his service to his community and throughout his campaign that he has the skills and enthusiasm necessary to be a strong voice for the Zone 6 community at the Board table. I am confident that his election would mean a truly representative and responsive voice for parents and other constituents in Alta Vista and Rideau/Rockcliffe.” Brockington announced on Wednesday.
Marshall responded that “I am very pleased and honoured to receive this endorsement. Trustee Brockington has a long history of service to the Board and his community and his confidence in me is very encouraging. If the voters of Zone 6 see fit to elect me on October 25th, I look forward to proving myself worthy of his endorsement.”

On the left, Trustee Brockington, on the right, John Marshall

  • I’m glad that I attended. Other than Lorne Rachlis, I’m pretty sure I was the only OCDSB candidate in the room.
  • There are some powerful voices at the table – and some not so powerful ones.
  • The Chair, Cathy Curry, is quite strong in her role. I don’t know much about her stands on issues, but from the little I saw last night, she runs meetings well. As someone who has Chaired his share of meetings, I can appreciate the role she plays.
  • Trustee Brockington –  who decided to not re-seek his seat in Zone 11 – is very much a voice of calm and reason. I think the Board will be a little poorer with his loss.
  • The staff play an active role in the proceedings. This is not unusual in this type of governance structure. The Director is of a strong personality who does not back down easily from recommendations put forth by his staff.
  • Finally, kudos to the two student Board members, Elizabeth Blight and Eric Chen.  Lots for them to absorb but what a great way to be introduced to the machinery of democracy! I wish I had an opportunity like this as a high school student!

Ottawans should be largely happy with their Trustees. I’m (obviously) not saying that there can’t be improvements but these are hard-working people who care about the value of an effective, fair and efficiency system of public education.

Too bad that so few realize this.