Ellen Chambers – English Public – School Board
School Board Trustee
Lakehead District School Board
433 Rita Street
Thunder Bay Ontario
Ellen has a deep understanding of, and a lifelong passion for, education – as a special education and classroom teacher, parent, and as local union president for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) for 7 years, having retired in June. She was elected to the ETFO Provincial Executive, which further expanded her experience and knowledge of public education in Ontario. Ellen was recognized in the fall of 2011 for her tireless advocacy in making schools safer for LGBTQ students. She has been a keynote speaker in Toronto, and locally on this issue. Ellen was the first recipient of the Mayor’s Community Safety Award- Community Hero. In 2006 she was awarded the ETFO’s Provincial Humanitarian Award and has twice received the ETFO President’s Award for her advocacy in social justice and community involvement. Some committees she sits on are ThunderPride, Sexuality and Gender Equity (SAGE) working group and is a member of Diversity Thunder Bay. Ellen’s extensive experience, and her ability to listen and to act upon what needs to be addressed are assets. She believes in community being a strong partner in education and advocates for all children, knowing that every child has a right to the best education.
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