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Meet the Candidates: Ian Bursey – Ward 3 City Councillor

Dear Members,

I am grateful and proud to be representing the residents of Half Moon Bay in the 2014 Ottawa Municipal Election. Half Moon Bay is one of Barrhaven's Historic areas as many soldiers travelled through that very stretch of land along the Jock River to find their way to the St. Laurence during the 1800's. This area is also known as a Native Canadian trading route. I would like to take this opportunity to assure each and every member of the HMBCA, that if elected to City Council, I will do my best to make you proud, and ensure that your community's quality of life remains second to none. This is my promise to each of you.

Kind Regards, Ian G.Bursey
Candidate. Ward 3 Barrhaven

Meet the Candidates: Greg Deernsted – OCSB Zone 4 Trustee

The OCSB has done a great job at advancing innovative solutions to support student success and safety. As your trustee, I will build upon this success by focusing on three goals:

Create a Plan to Manage Community Growth

  • Pro-actively develop solutions to the resource challenges posed by the growth in our community.
  • Contribute my expertise to initiatives that reduce operating costs and protect our environment for future generations.

Support Success for All Students

  • Champion each student’s right to the resources they need to achieve their full potential.
  • Help to ensure that we support the physical, mental, and emotional health of our students.

Represent the Voice of Our Community

  • Provide a forum to discuss your opinions and concerns about the direction of our school board.
  • Ensure that OCSB decisions and results are transparent to the community.

To learn more, please visit my website at:

Thank you
Greg Deernsted

Meet the Candidates: Donna Blackburn – OCDSB Zone 3 Trustee

It is a great honour for me to represent the residents of Half Moon Bay on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as your Trustee.

I am very proud of the fact that I have delivered for you on many occasions.

Prior to my election to the Board, secondary students for your community were bussed out of Barrhaven to attend school. I changed that through a motion I crafted and ended up having to pass twice. In addition those students who choose to attend John McCrae Secondary School are now bussed at the expense of the District. I have spoken to many parents who have personally thanked me as they are now saving a significant amount of money not paying for transportation for their kids to get to school.

In September of 2016 a new elementary school will be built in your community that will house 600 students. I fought very hard on many fronts to ensure that this school was listed as the OCDSB's top priority on the capital priorities list that was submitted to the Ministry of Education.

I have appreciated all the support I have received from your community and I look forward to serving you for many years to come and together we will continue to improve the lives of kids and families in Half Moon Bay.

Trustee Donna Blackburn

Election Candidates: We want to hear from you!

The Half Moon Bay Community Association is inviting Municipal Election candidates to submit a message to be posted to our members!

The criteria are:

  • You are a registered candidate for:
    • Mayor
    • Ward 3 City Councillor
    • Zone 4 OCSB Trustee
    • Zone 3 OCDSB Trustee
    • Zone 5 CECCE Trustee
    • Zone 3 CEPEO Trustee
  • The message is maximum 150 words.
  • The message must be submitted to Ryan Knuth, Director of Public Relations, at by Friday, October 3rd at 5:00pm.

Important notes:

  • Messages will be posted to in the order received, beginning on, or around, Saturday, September 27th.
  • Links to the messages will be posted to the HMBCA Official Facebook Group and Twitter account by the HMBCA.
  • Candidates are not allowed to post campaign messages directly to the HMBCA Official Facebook Group.
  • Messages deemed to be inappropriate, or could be conceived as "attacks" on other candidates, may be rejected at the HMBCA Board of Directors' sole discretion.

We at the HMBCA look forward to working with all successful candidates to continue to serve the current and future residents of Half Moon Bay.