Last week marked another successful Catholic Education Week here at the OCSB. I had the pleasure of attending many great events throughout the city and was reminded once again why it’s such a privilege and honour to work in Catholic education.
Some of my highlights included our annual Catholic Education Mass, where 35 remarkable OCSB employees were recognized with Commendation Awards for their dedication and service to Catholic education. Our annual Dance Showcase and Choral Celebrations featured wonderful performances from dozens of our schools. We also celebrated the 50th Anniversary of St. Rose of Lima School, and held a farewell celebration for Uplands Catholic School who will be joining the Holy Family School community in the fall. The many open houses and special events in each school throughout the week showcased all of the wonderful learning opportunities and social justice initiatives anchored in our faith.
Catholic Education Week is about celebrating the great value and distinctiveness of each Catholic school in our community, and I would like to take a moment to congratulate and thank the staff and students in all of our schools who made last week possible.
See some highlights from social media on our #CathEdWeek Storify.
Denise Andre is the Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and was appointed in July 2015. She has been with the Ottawa Catholic School Board for 39 years and has served as a teacher, department head, vice-principal, principal, superintendent, and deputy (associate) director.
Denise holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, and has been married to Bob Thomas for over 32 years.