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OCSB Unspeakable NovelCaroline Pignat, All Saints High School teacher and author of historical fiction novel Unspeakable, recently took 150 Ottawa school students on a trip to visit the scene of her newest book. The Empress of Ireland exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History made the tragic sinking of the ship on May 29, 1914 - the subject of Pignat’s novel - all the more real.

The Grade 7 and 8 students who accompanied Pignat were from Notre Dame, Immaculata, St. Mark, St. Joseph, St. Paul, Sacred Heart, and Mother Teresa. Many of the students had read her book as part of their reading club. The novel is one of 10 nominees for the Red Maple Award, which is chosen by student vote. It is also nominated for the Canadian Library Association Award.
OCSB Brianne MooreOn Friday, March 6, St. Francis Xavier High School student Brianne Moore was presented the Youth Inspiration Award at the 12th Annual Royal Ottawa Inspiration Awards Gala for Mental Health Research and Patient Care. The award was the result of her great spirit and determination in highlighting the importance of mental health promotion and demonstrating leadership to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. Brianne is truly an amazing young woman! She has made a difference in the lives of others with her passion for mentoring, as well as being involved in raising awareness for mental health. It was a magical evening and Brianne was truly inspirational in sharing her story. Way to go to Brianne!
immaculata relayOn Tuesday March 10th, Immaculata High School’s student council joined organizers on Parliament Hill for the Torch of Life Event in support of organ donations. Trustee Kathy Ablett was also in attendance. Each student had an opportunity to hold the torch and share their thoughts on this great cause.

Picture (left to right): Kathy Ablett, Trustee; George Marcello, organizer; Allison Lunianga, Immaculata Head Girl; Wal Wal, student; Angelina Simon, student; Mark Haché, teacher; Patrick Dodsworth, Immaculata Head Boy; and Vivian Achor, student.
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