On April 16, the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Director of Education Julian Hanlon was awarded with the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association (OCSOA) Distinguished Leadership Award 2015. The OCSOA Distinguished Leadership Award is awarded annually to up to two active members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on committees or projects which focus on enhancing the interests and needs of students. Mr. Hanlon has served the OCSB for 36 years as a teacher, school and system administrator and for the last five years as Director of Education. He has provided dedicated and effective leadership and his commitment to Catholic education is second to none. Julian advocates for board priorities that have guided the OCSB’s goal to achieve success for every student. His commitment to the importance of student success is evident each time he addresses staff at meetings and conferences.
Recently, students in St. Brother André School’s Program for Gifted Learners (PGL) entered the largest science contest in the world: ExploraVision. The ExploraVision contest requires groups of two to four students to think 20 years into the future and propose an idea for a new technology to solve a problem in our world today. With over 5,000 entries submitted throughout the US and Canada, the St. Brother André team of John Grace (St. Brigid School), Joseph Lamonica (St. Rita School), Tam An Le Quang (St. Theresa School) and Justin Rioux (St. Theresa School) won first place in their region, which included all of Canada and nine US states. Their idea was for a newly-designed, safer airplane seat: the Smart Safe Seat 1.0. With the regional win, the school has won a new Toshiba laptop, and the students and their PGL teacher Mrs. Quail-Blier received a framed certificate and a Toshiba tablet.
On April 20, the OCSB held its annual Celebrating Excellence event at St. Paul High School. The event celebrates the strengths, talents and contributions of some of our most exceptional students. One student from each school who benefits from special education programs and services received an award acknowledging their gifts. Student choirs from Our Lady of Peace School and St. Luke School (Nepean) were there to help celebrate as well.