Nathan has been excellent to work with for the past 8 years. He’s committed to our Southside communities, a passionate supporter of public education and he’s creative and collaborative. His experience and track record have earned him another term in my opinion.Michael WaltersCity Councillor
As an elected Trustee, Nathan Ip was consistently worked for educational excellence. New and modernized schools and a positive, safe and caring environment for every child in Edmonton Public SchoolsMichael PhairFormer City Councillor
I have followed Nathan Ip's work during his two terms as a school trustee and look forward to him building on his positive contributions during that time as he continues to serve students and the community in leadership to ensure excellence in education.Jim GurnettFormer MLA and Executive Director of the Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
Nathan has been an excellent supporter of the work of Brander Gardens ROCKS, (reaching out to community kids). He understands the importance of supports in recreation, physical education, academics for families. He has supported principals in giving value space for programs such as after school clubs, music schools and cooking clubs for youth new to Canada and/or living in poverty.Sharon GritterSharon Gritter, Parent, Brander Gardens ROCKS coordinator
Nathan helped me navigate a challenging situation involving my daughter’s school. I know he cares about me and my family and I can rely on him to be there for us when we need him.Greta GrestnerParent
Nathan goes above and beyond as a school trustee. When the school boundaries were announced for Donald R. Getty School, the community of Chappelle was very against these proposed boundaries as families living a block away & would not be included. Nathan was very fast to identify key individuals in the community and explain the challenges from both sides, then work with the group to come up with proposed boundaries that the entire community feels is fair.Stephen GibsonParent, Chapelle, Ward H
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Nathan Ip, Trustee
“I believe we all have an important stake in public education. Each one of us have a role to play to ensure that we have a strong, inclusive and equitable public school system where every student can find success and flourish.”Nathan IpEPSB Trustee
Nathan is an inclusive education advocate and brings over 15 years of leadership experience in community development and the social profit sector where he led various provincial and national initiatives in areas of mental health, youth engagement and social equity.
Previously, he was the Alberta lead with the Mental Health Commission of Canada for the HEADSTRONG program – a national youth mental health leadership initiative.
Nathan brings extensive board governance experience including serving on the Community Services Advisory Board for the City of Edmonton, The Chinatown Economic Development Task Force, Our House Addiction Recovery Centre and the Edmonton Food Bank.
During his time on the board, Nathan has been a strong advocate for student mental health including advocating for more mental health funding for students. He also championed community hub model schools where community supports are integrated into a neighborhood school and successfully partnered with Councillor Tim Cartmell to help bring to life the vision of a community centre connected to Dr. Anne Anderson High School in Heritage Valley.
He is passionate about public education and has dedicated his career to advancing equity and inclusion. Presently, he is the Lead Program Manager of Startup Edmonton where he works to support Edmonton’s growing innovation ecosystem.
My Commitment to Ward H
It has been my honour to serve families of Ward H since 2013. I am proud of the work we have done together for the success of all kids. While much has been accomplished, there is much work to be done.
We are at a critical time in public education. I continue to hear from you the need for more new schools in our growing neighborhoods, and the need for more supports in the classroom to ensure that every student can reach their full potential.
As we transition out of the pandemic, we will need additional learning and mental health supports for students and families.
I will continue to advocate for adequate, predictable, sustainable funding for students and I will continue to be a strong advocate on the school board for our community.
Through coffee meetings, attending community events and many conversations with you over the last four years, I understand the needs of our community and know how best to navigate through the challenges ahead. I am committed to ensuring that every student at Edmonton Public Schools thrives in their educational journey from the early years to high school and beyond.
- Secured 1 million dollars in the budget to support
student mental health.
- Successfully advocated for the building of over 8
new schools in Ward H, including a community
- Fought against the regressive draft curriculum.
- Strongly supported the health and safety of
students and staff.
If re-elected on October 18, 2021, I will:
- Continue to fight for the reversal of harmful cuts
that impact our youngest learners.
- Advocate for more mental health and learning
supports for students as we transition out of the
- Advocate for junior high and high schools to
address growing space pressures.