Sonia Boudreault

Hello!

I am running for school board trustee for the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) in Rideau-Vanier and Rideau-Rockcliffe!

See you at the polling station for the 2022 Ottawa municipal elections on October 24th!

Contact information

sonia@soniaboudreault.ca

Who am I?

I was a primary school teacher with the CEPEO in Ottawa area schools for 15 years.

As a child, I attended CEPEO schools throughout my childhood and adolescence; Le Trillium (now Mauril-Bélanger), Francojeunesse and De La Salle (class of 1999)!

I have been a stay-at-home mom for several years now. This gave me the opportunity to homeschool my two children during most of the pandemic.

I am married to my childhood friend, Marc-André. Together, we make a great team; we support each other in order to maintain balance and achieve our goals.

I am a proud Franco-Ontarian and bilingualism is part of my cultural identity. Also, I’m able to communicate in Spanish.

I am originally from Ottawa and currently live in the same neigborhood where I grew up; Vanier!

I did my BA in communications and my BA in education at the University of Ottawa.

I completed my yoga teacher training at the Upward Dog Center in 2003 and taught yoga at the Routhier Community Center in Lowertown for a few years.

I am the only child of two amazing parents who have taken great care of me throughout my life. In their golden age, it is now my turn to start lending a hand when they need it. Being neighbours makes it easier for us! We can help each other every day!

I am someone who tries to show openness and kindness in my interactions with others while always making sure to respect my own boundaries. I regularly question myself on the way I see things and I listen carefully to the perspectives of others since I always seek to have a better understanding of the world. I always seek to improve myself as a person and I am always ready to help people around me.

Why am I running for school board trustee?

Education has been a passion of mine for several years. My years of experience in the public school system and my knowledge of self-directed learning give me a unique perspective on education.

Having been an elementary school teacher for several years, I know first-hand the challenges within the classroom.

I appreciate that, despite the good will and sustained efforts of teachers, many children experience discomfort and difficulties related to school.

I understand very well why many teachers are exhausted and why some are thinking of leaving the profession, just as I did.

As a parent, I also know that we would be ready to move heaven and earth to ensure the happiness and well-being of our children.

Although I know that those who work in the field of education work tirelessly to ensure the safety and happiness of children, I also recognize that there is room for systemic improvements.

We need a system that puts the welfare of the child at the heart of all decisions made.

An inclusive system that values ​​each child in their individuality.

A system that prioritizes the physical and mental well-being of its employees so that they are able to properly accompany our children on their learning journeys.

A more forward-thinking system that adequately prepares our children for the future that awaits them.

We have to refocus our efforts; the well-being of our children and our teachers depend on it.

Yes, I am often critical of the current situation in education… but I also have an abundance of practical solutions to bring to the table.

I would like to have the opportunity to influence positive change.

I would like to be the voice of people in my community who need to be heard and support those who need help navigating the education system.

I am convinced that with my experience and my perspective, I am the ideal candidate for this position.

If you are a CEPEO taxpayer and reside in the Rideau-Vanier or Rideau-Rockcliffe sectors (Trille des Bois, Le Transit, Francojeunesse, Mauril-Bélanger and De La Salle), you should see my name on the municipal election ballot on October 24th.

You can verify by clicking on the link below and entering your information. If you are eligible, you should see ”you are confirmed as a resident elector in OTTAWA. You are also qualified to vote for the French Public school board.”

If you are not eligible but would like to vote for me, you can make the modifications to your school tax contributions on voting day at your polling station.

Thanks for your support!