The Ottawa Catholic School board has partnered with Shepherds of Good Hope for 9 years, raising almost $3 million worth of food and other necessities for those in need. On September 23rd, one OCSB graduate and three OCSB schools were honoured with achievement awards at the Annual General Meeting for the Shepherds of Good Hope and the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation.
Three OCSB schools were recognized for their outstanding efforts in supporting the Shepherds of Good Hope.
On September 6, Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School student Bernice Reyes was crowned the 2014 Ottawa Idol champion on the stage at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. The 15-year-old has only been in Canada for two years, after immigrating to Canada from the Philippines in 2012, but she’s been singing since she was five-years-old. She sang all four of her songs flawlessly, each coming with a different sound and a different wardrobe.
The judges had nothing but praise for the young singer. “You came to win,” one of the judges told her, after Bernice’s performance of I Will Always Love You, by Whitney Houston. “I think she’s just fantastic, she doesn’t miss a note,” said Eldon Fox, the founder and director of Ottawa Idol.
On September 8, a group of Notre Dame High School students debuted their new video “In Love and In Danger,” which encourages their peers to develop healthy relationships. The video highlights what students can do to help themselves and others when they are in or around dangerous or violent relationships. The “for students, by students” approach helps make the message more powerful and relatable, and the students hope it increases the chance that other youth will listen to what is being said.