Eli El-Chantiry was first elected to City Council in November 2003.
Eli is the former proprietor of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Constance Bay and is well known throughout West Carleton-March for his extensive community involvement. He is committed to continue to work with area residents and businesses to help build West Carleton-March's future in the City of Ottawa.
Eli was born in 1957 and is the second oldest of six children. Raised on his family's farm in Lebanon, he came to Canada when he was 18 years old to begin a new life. He met his wife, Maha, soon after arriving in Ottawa and they were married over three decades ago.
Councillor El-Chantiry has been a staunch supporter and a dedicated volunteer for many West Carleton events. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and has worked with a number of local groups any time help is needed - including local Community Centres, local Churches, the Legion, and Seniors Groups.
Eli was recognized for his efforts when his community awarded him the West Carleton Citizen of the Year for 2001. Receiving this prestigious award during the U.N. International Year of the Volunteer is one of Eli's proudest accomplishments. Eli was truly honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
During the 2010-2014 term of Council, he acted as Deputy Mayor for the City of Ottawa. He also proudly served on the Ottawa Police Services Board from 2003 to 2018, with 12 consecutive years serving as Chair. From 2015 to 2018, Eli also served as Chair of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB).
For the 2018-2022 term of Council, Eli is Chair of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. He is also currently a member of:
- Community & Protective Services Committee
- Finance & Economic Development Committee
- Transportation Committee
- Audit Committee
- Ottawa Board of Health
- Rural Ontario Municipal Association
- Committee of Revision
- Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
- Mohr’s Landing/Quyon Port Authority