Our staff are agents of change.
Our staff are the powerful force behind the good work we do here at the Education Foundation of Ottawa. Their commitment and passion have been vital as we open doors for every child and youth in the Ottawa community who need our help to succeed. Get to know them a little better and why they come to work every day.
Congratulations are in order! Our Executive Director has been named one of 2002’s 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women; learn more here.
Clarissa Arthur, Executive Director, Education Foundation of Ottawa
As Executive Director, I oversee all operations with supervision and guidance from my valuable Board of Directors and Ottawa-Carleton District School Board officials. In my role, I work to create and execute our fundraising plan, establish and maintain positive donor relations, liaise with school administrators, and lead fundraising campaigns and special events.
I plan to bring with me, my many professional and personal experiences that have led me to where I am today. As a parent, professional, and community member, I believe in the EFO mission of creating a level playing field for all students regardless of personal or socio-economic circumstance. As our vision states: ALL children should have an equal opportunity to learn and participate, and I know you can help us see this through!
I consider myself a lifelong learner who is always up for a challenge. I have diplomas in Early Childhood Education, and Child and Youth Care, a Certificate in Infant Mental Health Promotion, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I am the Chair of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Task Group under the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative. I deeply enjoy learning about human behaviour and how we can discover equitable and inspiring ways to make this world a better place.
I was a young mother to my children, now in their 20’s, and feel I have true empathy and understanding of what some parents and children may face during difficult circumstances. I do hope to inspire others to always look toward the future and to never give up on their dreams.
I look forward to meeting with members of our community who are willing to use their voices and abilities to help the Education Foundation of Ottawa advocate for our youth and ensure that children are not going to school hungry, cold, or missing out on valuable opportunities. We can make a difference together!