About Donna

Donna Blackburn was raised in Kapuskasing, Ontario, and graduated on the Dean’s List from Laurentian University in Sudbury with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in political science. She moved to Ottawa in order to take up a position on Parliament Hill and ultimately worked as a special assistant to four Cabinet ministers, including the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. 

A long-standing interest in community and social affairs led Donna to change career paths a few years later. She enrolled at Carleton University and earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree (highest honours) in 2001 and a master’s degree in the same field in 2002, then went on to work with families affected by domestic violence. 

Since being elected to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Donna has proven herself as an effective representative who works with her community, the broader community, and staff to get results for students. 

There has been over 40 million dollars of capital investment in Zone 3, including the opening of a new elementary school in Half Moon Bay (2016) and new gymnasiums will be built onto Sir Robert Borden High School and Merivale High School. 

Donna will fight to ensure that another elementary school is built in Half Moon Bay and fight for another Secondary School to serve the growing needs in Barrhaven. 

The last four OCDSB budgets were balanced while maintaing services to students. Donna ensured that more mental health supports were available for students. 

Donna has be chosen by her colleagues to sit on Ottawa Student Transportation Committee and is committed actively participating in the very important process of choosing a new Director of Education. 

Prior to being elected Trustee in 2010, Donna was an active and dedicated volunteer in the Zone 3 school community: 

Barrhaven Public School:
  • Member of School Council, 2006-2010
  • Vice-Chair in 2008-2009
  • Community Representative in 2009-2010
  • OCASC (Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils) representative, 2007-2009
Cedarview Middle School:
  • Vice-Chair and OCASC Representative, 2009-2010
Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils
  • Member of OCASC Executive, 2008-2010
  • OCASC representative on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Child and Youth at Risk Advisory Committee, 2008-2009
  • OCASC representative on the OCDSB’s Human Resources Committee and Equity and Diversity Task Force, 2009-2010
Barrhaven Consolidated School Council
  • Member, 2009-2010

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