With great sadness, the Ottawa Catholic School Board mourns the death of June Flynn-Turner on November 14. June served two terms as a trustee for Nepean for the Carleton Roman Catholic School Board until 1997; three years as Chairperson and two years as Vice-Chairperson. She served three terms as a trustee for Barrhaven at the Ottawa Catholic School Board until 2006; four years as Chairperson and two years as Vice-Chairperson.
“June’s dedication to Catholic education was exemplary. She was committed to her community, the schools within her zone and the overall school board. Her strong leadership was recognised by her peers in their choosing June as the Board’s Chairperson repeatedly. Our thoughts and prayers are with June’s family,” said Ted Hurley, Chairperson of the Ottawa Catholic School Board.
June received the Benemerenti Medal from the Vatican for her long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church. A passionate advocate for her constituents, June directed her unique energy into creating a Board culture of success for all students and staff. Her collaborative nature helped build the political and administrative consensus necessary for transformational change and organizational excellence.
“June’s breadth of service to the school board is incalculable. June’s leadership helped shepherd the Board through challenging times. She will be sorely missed,” said Director of Education Julian Hanlon.
Giving freely and unselfishly to the Catholic communities that supported students and parents, June was President of the Carleton Child Care Corporation and on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa.
Gratefully remembered for her devotion to Catholic education, June will be missed by her many friends and colleagues at the Board.
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.
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.