Marty Carr has been a resident of Ottawa since 1999. Alta Vista has been her home since 2004, where she lives with her husband (Christian McPherson) and two teen-aged children (Molly and Henry).
Active in the Alta Vista community for over 12 years, Marty has served on councils for both Alta Vista Public School and Ridgemont High School, as well as a three-year stint as a member of the Blair Court Community House Board. She also served for five years on the Alta Vista Community Association including three and a half as its President.
A dedicated community leader, Marty has led many successful projects—from replacing school play structures to bringing a farmers’ market to Alta Vista. She has brought issues impacting Alta Vista residents to the fore at meetings of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and City of Ottawa committees, helping to ensure a high quality of life, and fair, accessible services for all residents. As President of the Alta Vista Community Association, Marty also led discussions with residents on the City of Ottawa's Official Plan, working with senior officials to bring community views to the table.
On the career side, Marty is a public service executive with over twenty years' experience serving Canada and Canadians. She is skilled in stakeholder engagement, communications, project management, and establishing good governance practices to ensure transparency, accountability, and responsiveness.
Marty holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta (1994) and a Masters in Linguistics from Université Laval (2002). She is fluent in both English and French.
Marty has been a strong supporter of the Alta Vista community for over 12 years. As an active, people-focused volunteer and board member, she has and continues to deliver results that matter to the residents of Alta Vista.
Her accomplishments include:
· Championed the giving of $2,500 from the Alta Vista Community Association (AVCA) to the Heron Emergency Food Centre during the COVID 19 pandemic to assist with local food security (2020)
· Initiated the process for Blair Court Community House to have charitable status, which was ultimately granted (2017)
· Led efforts to replace the Alta Vista Public School kindergarten playground structure—overseeing all fundraising, and liaison with school board and staff (2014)
· Introduced the Alta Vista Market that promotes local food, small businesses, and a walk-able community (2022)
· Co-led fundraising for the Ridgemont High School Prom in consultation with the student prom committee to ensure over 100 students could attend, including many with financial barriers (2022)
· Provided significant input into the Heron Gate Social Contract, helping ensure protection of existing residents, creation of over 1,000 affordable housing units, and securing $350,000 for redevelopment of Sandalwood Park (2021)
· Led the Alta Vista Community Association's response to the New Official Plan, working with city staff and the Councillor to ensure changes were made to reflect the views of Alta Vista residents. More changes were achieved for Alta Vista than for any other community. (2020-21)
· Presented at the City Standing Committee on Environmental Protection on two occasions, leading to outcomes that will advance a citywide co-management program for invasive plant removal (2021-22)
· Negotiated a consent to enter agreement with the City of Ottawa to allow volunteers to remove invasive plants in Kilborn Park and Orlando Park (2022)
· Represented the Alta Vista community on the Federation of Citizens’ Association, the Heron Gate Steering Committee, the Winter Quality Maintenance Standards Engagement Review, the Alta Vista Drive Redesign Working Group, Federal Study Centre Public Advisory Committee, and at scores of city consultations from 2018-2022.
· As AVCA President, hosted separate sessions to address issues of key interest to residents, including the Official Plan and Heron Gate development, as well as hosting monthly meetings (2018-22).
· Increased engagement with the Alta Vista community through creation of a distribution list for community updates, social media use, a revamped website and VISTAS articles (2018-22)
I support Marty Carr to be our City Councillor for Ward 18. This ward is called Alta Vista but it is so much more than that, it includes Riverview, Faircrest Heights, Sheffield Glen, Canterbury, Heron Gate, Elmvale, Playfair Park and more. While she was President of the Alta Vista Community Association, Marty took the time to learn about every part of this ward, to get involved and to help us get the results we want.
Marty is a hands-on leader who has proven her genuine commitment to advocate for residents, and to ensure that their needs and objectives are considered in City plans. Marty has taken the time to understand the complexities of Ottawa’s regulatory and planning tools so that she knows what can be done and how to make it happen.
During the review of the new Official Plan. Marty reached out to hundreds of people to ensure that they had the opportunity to provide input into the new Official Plan. This ward had more people providing input to the Official Plan than any other ward in the City.
No other candidate in this riding has Marty’s experience at the municipal level. She works with residents and with the City to get results. The Alta Vista Farmers' Market is a testament to Marty’s commitment and her ability to get results that people value.
I encourage you to learn about Marty, to support her, and most of all to vote for her so she can ensure that our voices are heard and we get real action and effective solutions.
Ottawa needs Marty Carr as a Councillor.
Marty understands what strong governance means and what constitutes excellence in public
sector policy and management. She will bring relevant skills to the Council:
Deep commitment to improving the City of Ottawa by letting good staff do good work to
achieve agreed outcomes.
Analytical skills to identify root causes of complex problems within a political context.
Cooperation and consultation skills to find solutions.
Strong ethics for and an understanding of public sector financial management.
An ability to read how the City resource allocations align or not with City objectives.
Courage to speak up and to speak out.
Ottawa is too big and complex now for Councillors who do not bring relevant skills to the table.
Too often candidates’ visions are no broader than moving into provincial or federal politics.
Marty is sacrificing a lot in leaving her senior position to contribute to a new City Council that
will work for citizens, the environment and a vital economy.
I can speak for Marty having seen her in action and having had the pleasure to work with her as
a fellow Community Association President (of the Manor Park Community Association). I am a retired senior executive from the World Bank and before the Canadian International Development Agency.
A question I'm often asked when speaking to Alta Vista residents is why am I running for City Council? Some ask what I can bring to the table, while others wonder why I’d leave a successful career as an executive in the federal public service.
My decision to run is based on my passion for this community!
When I moved to Alta Vista with my young family in 2004, the services and people of Alta Vista became my support system. When I needed advice, care for my children, or support when my father died unexpectedly back in Alberta, community members were there. Over the past 18 years, Alta Vista has increasingly become the central hub of my social, recreational and consumer activities.
I began volunteering in Alta Vista in 2011—a commitment that l discovered brought me tremendous satisfaction. For example, I worked to get funding to install a new play structure at Alta Vista Public School. I initiated the application for Blair Court Community House to get them charitable status, and helped to ensure there was funding to improve Sandalwood Park as part of the Herongate development application. This summer, I started a Farmers’ Market in Alta Vista, and also helped the graduating class of Ridgemont High School to fundraise, plan and enjoy a prom that was inclusive and accessible to all students.
The satisfaction and pride I get from seeing Alta Vista residents react to the positive changes taking place in the community drive my desire to continue to make a difference.I 'm running for city council because I'm a strong advocate for Alta Vista. I care about this community, and have a proven track record that I can deliver results.
If elected, I am committed to representing the entire ward—whether you live, work or run a business in Herongate, Eastway Gardens, Elmvale, Canterbury, Hawthorne Meadows, Riverview Park, Sheffield Glen, Ridgemont, Faircrest Heights, Playfair Park, Guildwood Estates, Applewood Acres or Alta Vista.
I’m eager to apply my solid, results-based public sector management experience and my knowledge of city government to help bring people and projects together—with positive outcomes for Alta Vista.
Marty has and will continue to be a voice for Alta Vista residents. The following media articles show her involvement in issues that matter to our community: