At the September 22, 2020, Annual General Meeting of the CCA, there will be an election of new Board members. Below please find short biographies of the candidates.

Please remember that you must be a member of the Carlington Community Association if you wish to vote in the election on September 22. Membership in the CCA is on a pay-what-you-can basis, although the suggested annual fee is $10 per person per year. For more information, please see: Becoming a CCA Member.

Tahani Adi

Tahani is a new immigrant to Canada, having come from Lebanon in November 2018. In Lebanon, she studied at the Lebanese university where she received a Bachelor’s degree in general philosophy and began her Master’s in philosophy media and documentation. Tahani has been living in Carlington since arriving in Canada. She really likes the neighborhood and, based on her background volunteering with charities back in Lebanon, is happy to volunteer in her new community as well.

Tara Beechey

Tara has lived in Carlington for 15 years and has been a home owner since 2008. Her two daughters go to W. E. Gowling School and Tara is active on parent council. Since she and her husband decided to lay roots in Carlington and have a family, she has noticed the neighbourhood transitioning with more and more families moving to Carlington. Carlington is ripe for improvements to service these families and Tara wants to be an active member of the board to be able to speak up and ask for improvements. With the City about to launch its updated Official Plan in the fall and with Carlington slated for further intensification, it is her desire to participate with her fellow board members in making good decisions for Carlington; ones that support a sustainable community for our families and the next generations of the Carlington residents.

Kristen Bennett

Kristen has lived in Carlington for four years and has been an active board member for almost three. She loves being engaged in the wonderful Carlington community. She is currently the Membership chair and would love to continue on in this role. Kristen works for the federal government but has a background in international and outdoor education. She loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and two cats. 

Anna Du Vent

Anna works at Oxfam Canada as the Women’s Rights Knowledge Specialist, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, where she focuses on program quality and organizational learning. She has led international and community-based initiatives focussed on ending violence against women and girls, economic empowerment, youth leadership, and legal aid. Through her work, Anna has travelled extensively across Asia and East Africa, and has lived and worked in Uganda, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, and the Philippines. Anna has lived in Carlington since 2012 and is a past Carlington Community Association (CCA) Board Member in 2016-2017. She is interested in promoting efforts to reflect the diversity of our community and ensuring strong governance of the CCA. In her spare time, Anna can often be seen running or biking around the neighbourhood and loves to curl up with a good book (recommendations are always appreciated).

Ahmed Elchamaa

Ahmed is a lifelong resident of Ottawa, and has owned his home in Carlington since 2016. In his daily life, Ahmed is a federal employee working in communications, specializing social media. Ahmed is very excited to be giving back to his community, where he hopes to grow with his family.

Dave Janveau

Dave has been a Carlington resident since 2005. In his professional life, he is a massage therapist and has worked as a clinician, educator and regulator.  His previous board experience was gained through being elected to the council of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. During his three terms with the CMTO, he served as council president for four years as well as chair of the Fitness to Practice and Inquiries, Complaints, Reports Committees.  He has extensive training in matters of governance and conducting hearings.  In his spare time, Dave enjoys gardening and is a youth coach for the Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association.