Lynn Graham Letter of the Day in Ottawa Sun

In case you missed this, our Trustee Lynn Graham had a letter published as the Letter of the Day in last Wednesday’s Ottawa Sun. The letter concerns Mr. Beckstead’s lack of understanding of the current status of a charitable foundation he trumpted in a recent speach to the Chamber of Commerce.

The full letter follows…

LETTER OF THE DAY

Re “Board troubles are long-term, supervisor says” (Nov. 15): In this article, the supervisor of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), Merv Beckstead, is quoted as saying the board will form a charitable organization to help needy schools and children at risk. The article goes on to say that “it’s an idea that trustees have worked to establish for almost two years.”

For the record, the OCDSB Foundation is already in place and here’s how it evolved. On July 24, 2000, the board of trustees passed a motion put forward by myself and Trustee Patty Anne Hill that directed staff to prepare a report on the advisability of establishing a local education foundation in Ottawa-Carleton. I learned of the idea when it came up at a meeting of school councils in my political jurisdiction. Then, as a result of staff efforts, the board of trustees approved, on May 14, 2001, a procedural bylaw and agreement with the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) for the establishment of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Foundation.

The stated purpose of the foundation, a fund within the CFO, is to assist students at risk of school failure or with other significant needs. An advisory board, with solid community representation, has met a number of times. In summary, the OCDSB Foundation is indeed a reality. It is encouraging to learn that the supervisor will give it his support.

Lynn Graham

Trustee, Capital and Rideau-Vanier Wards