Lucille Collard became part of the community of Ottawa-Vanier 35 years ago. Early on in her career with the Federal Government, Lucille had the privilege – and challenge – of supporting a number of hard-working Ministers and Members of Parliament. That experience taught her the power of politics as a tool to support communities and individuals across our country. Having completed a law degree at the University of Ottawa in 1999, she pursued a public service career as a lawyer, working in such areas as international trade law with the NAFTA Secretariat, administrative and regulatory law with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and public law with the Federal Court.
A mother of four, Lucille has long been very focussed on advancing education as an essential building block of success for individuals and communities. In the early 2000s, she had a leading role in the opening of a new francophone public school where all students could benefit from an integrated intellectual, emotional and physical development program. Started as a pilot project in 2003, with 18 students, the school – Trille des Bois – was officially opened in 2010. Today, Trille des Bois welcomes over 600 students and is a pillar of success.
Building on this achievement, Lucille decided to run for public office and in 2010, was elected as a School Trustee for the Ottawa-Vanier, Ottawa-Rockcliffe sector. She was re-elected in 2014 and 2018, and that same year was chosen by her fellow trustees to serve as Chair of the Board of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario.
Today, Lucille is as focussed as ever on bringing people and communities together. She is engaged in building supports for vulnerable people in the community and supporting the development of local organizations like the Vanier Museopark and La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins. She wants to use her acquired professional, political and community experience in service to her community.