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Equity and Quality Education in Ottawa Schools
$700 raised
14% of $5k goal
11 contributors
38 Weeks running


I am a strong advocate for equity and quality education for ALL students in Ottawa schools – through information sharing, community engagement and decisive leadership.

The decision to run for elected office was not made lightly. I had to be sure that I can make a positive and meaningful contribution to the schools and communities of Bay Ward, to special education programs across the District (which are so important to so many students and families), and overall to the Board’s strategic outcomes of equality, learning and well-being.

I am now more convinced than ever that I can put my knowledge, experience and skills to good use for all OCDSB schools in Bay Ward and to the District as a whole.

Join me in rebuilding trust in public schools. Let’s create the schools our children deserve!

Please DONATE a small amount to my campaign. This will make a huge difference in the end, as spreading the word in the community is critically important, yet requires election signs, flyers, and online ads.

[Note that, under provincial election laws, any person who is a resident of Ontario may contribute to a candidate's campaign. Individuals may contribute a maximum of $1,200 to a single candidate. Contributions greater than $25 may not be made in cash, and may not be made anonymously. Political parties, corporations, trade unions are not allowed to make financial contributions].

Dragos Popa’s biographical highlights:

  • Close personal and professional connections with OCDSB schools and communities throughout Bay Ward.
  • Long-time volunteer and advocate for public schools and programs, in all parts of the city.
  • Served as volunteer for several not-for-profit educational organizations, such as the Association for Bright Children (ABC) of Ontario; Performance and Planning Exchange; Tupper Tots Day Care; Glebe Parents Day Care; etc.
  • Member of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, 2017-present.
  • Member of the Advisory Group for the Gifted Program Review, OCDSB, 2017-present.
  • Happily married for the past 19 years; he and his wife are raising two boys (grade 6 and grade 8), both enrolled in the Gifted Program in OCDSB.
  • Public servant in the Government of Canada, having worked with Global Affairs Canada, Statistics Canada, the Canada School of Public Service, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Health Canada, 2003-present.
  • For almost a decade (2006-2014), he taught graduate and post-graduate courses at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and the Canadian Forces College (Toronto).
  • M.A. degree in European and Eurasian Studies (2003), and Ph.D. degree in Political Science (2008) from Carleton University’s prestigious Political Science Department.
  • Studied Journalism and Communications during his undergraduate studies in Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland.
  • Produced numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, commissioned reports, theses, reviews, and other studies – many on educational issues.
  • Unaffiliated with any political party; only interest and priority is to be a strong and effective voice for Ottawa schools and communities.
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