Education is the key factor in creating upward mobility for our children and communities. That's why Rawlson King is running for OCDSB Trustee in Zone 12, Innes/Beacon Hill–Cyrville.
As a recognized community volunteer and leader, I want to be your champion for quality public education.
Firstly, I am committed to ensuring student excellence through curriculum innovation and pilot projects that focus on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Secondly, I'm committed to retaining local control of education-related decision making and for actively advocating for more resources from Queen's Park, since the new provincial government will be looking to cut back on its already inadequate spending in local education.
Thirdly, I'm dedicated to building better lines of communication with parents, students, teachers and the school administration.
A vote for me sends a clear message that we want meaningful consultation, innovation in education, a better funding formula, and greater community autonomy over our local schools so that we can strengthen our neighbourhoods.
The Overbrook community has worked hard over the past three years to collaboratively and holistically implement multiple pillars of crime prevention with multiple partners, including: a post-incident neighbourhood support protocol, a youth strategy and a community hub.
As President of the Overbrook Community Association, I worked hard to ensure that we introduced a post-incident neighbourhood support protocol to provide a rapid response to serious crime. Under the protocol, different City agencies and community associations collaborate on a collective response immediately after an incident has occurred. The coordinated response often results security patrols, along with the canvassing of nearby residents and businesses by police and social agencies to obtain resident feedback and input, to increase safety awareness and crime prevention. The support protocol pilot that we tested in Overbrook eventually became the model for the entire city.
The Association also contributed to the development of neighbourhood youth strategy. The strategy, developed after two years of consultations, is designed to give young people in the neighbourhood greater access to job and training opportunities, as well as safe recreational activities. Working in conjunction partners including the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario, Ottawa Community Housing and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, the community will implement new programming for at-youth risk.
Our community also continues to advocate for the creation of a new community hub that offers co-located, coordinated and integrated services such as health care and social services. A community hub would allow a number of agencies to such services, as well as contribute to economic development opportunities.
Working with multiple partners, our community has achieved a great measure of success. I hope to transfer this successful holistic model to the school board as your next Trustee for Zone 12, Innes/Beacon Hill–Cyrville.
As a candidate running for Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Trustee in Zone 12, Innes/Beacon Hill–Cyrville, I was very excited to participate in the Black Municipal Candidates Meet & Greet hosted by Black Ottawa Business Network Social Group.
I told both CBC Radio and Television that underrepresentation for the Black community continues to be problem, especially at the elected level.
With over 60,000 Black community members in our region, constituting the largest racialized group at 26 percent, it is absolutely essential that we have representation around the City Council and School Board table to have our lived experience reflected in the decisions made in the city.
Continuing challenges that need to be addressed in a holistic fashion include lowering the unemployment rate for Black people, which is 73 percent higher than for non-racialized people and reducing the number of Black students who leave school early.
Rawlson King, a community leader and advocate in the Overbrook neighbourhood, was named a United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award recipient during National Volunteer Week. He was surprised with an award on Saturday, April 21 at the Overbrook Community Centre during the community's annual pancake breakfast by presenter Stefan Keyes.
Rawlson was President of the Overbrook Community Association, and led the organization when it organized and fund raised a successful community musical project last year that brought together 60 cast members and more than 120 volunteers to entertain nearly 800 people.
Rawlson was also a volunteer Board member and Treasurer at the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, a Past President of Gallery 101 and a volunteer Board member at Proactive Education for All Children’s Enrichment, which manages an after-school program at the Overbrook Community Centre—to name a few of his many volunteer positions.
To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada, the Overbrook Community Association launched a unique sesquicentennial project to bring diverse groups together. Your organization led the creation of a community musical to bring people together in common cause to literally and figuratively tell their stories and bring their diverse voices and cultures to the stage. By bringing people together, we continue to work to break social isolation in our neighbourhood and help residents engage with the greater community through the arts. We were successful in raising grants from the United Way of Ottawa, Community Development Framework, Community Foundation of Ottawa and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the community musical project which which was staged November 24, 25 and 26 in the auditorium at Ottawa Technical Secondary School on Donald Street. Your organization was able to put together a 40 cast member production, with more than 90 people working hard behind the scenes in various capacities, to entertain over 600 people over three nights. The Association’s Board would like to express its deepest appreciation to the team that worked hard all year to make this project a reality. The organizing team included Diewke de Haen, Wendy Dennys and Patrick Venier, along with project director Eleanor Crowder, scriptwriter Cleménce Roy-Darisse and musical director Adam Reid. The groundbreaking work the team undertook was documented and will be used to help other neighbourhoods interested in staging community musicals across Ontario.
With the closure of Rideau High School last year, the Association has also continued to advocate for the creation of a new community hub at the previous school site. A community hub offers co-located, coordinated and integrated services such as health care and social services. Community organizations, including our Association, are committed to the vision of the Rideau High School property being retained in public hands and used for the delivery of public services. A community hub would allow a number of agencies to provide social and cultural services, as well as contribute to economic development opportunities. For this reason, we unequivocally support the efforts led by the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre to examine the feasibility of operating a community hub at the Rideau High School location. Late last year, we were pleased to learn that the resource centre, along with the Odawa Native Friendship Centre obtained provincial funding to examine the possibilities of such a service provision model at the former school. We acknowledge the fact that in lieu of an operating secondary public school, a community hub can contribute tremendous value to local residents, which can be measured and demonstrated in social and economic terms. Our community looks forward to such social and economic enhancements with the emergence of this community hub project.
Remember, we remain committed to serve this community and need your help and input, along with financial and voluntary contributions. Please learn more about the Association at www.overbrook.ca and please make sure to become involved in your community today.