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The OCSB is partnering with Ottawa Footy Sevens to improve the athletic facilities at Immaculata High School. Improvements include the installation of an artificial turf field, LED lighting, and improved fencing on the sports field. Footy Sevens is covering $2 million dollars in costs associated with the field improvements, including design, construction, and maintenance-related expenses.

As part of this project, the OCSB will also refurbish the existing walking/running track with a synthetic surface. Renovations are expected to begin in mid-April 2018, with an estimated completion date of August 2018.

As part of the agreement, Footy Sevens will have the opportunity to use the facility for their leagues and to rent the field out to community groups outside of regular school hours. Immaculata High School teams will benefit from the revitalized field for sports training and team games. The school will have exclusive use of the turf field on all school days until 6:00 pm, and the right to additional times on evenings and weekends where required for special functions.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with Footy Sevens to bring a modernized sports field to Immaculata High School and to their surrounding community. We think we’ve achieved a win-win for both the students of Immaculata and the community at large by enhancing the experience of those that use this facility.”

Denise Andre

Director of Education, OCSB

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with the OCSB to build a top-class, all-weather facility to extend the recreational opportunities for the students and community of the Ottawa area. We’re excited to host our adult and youth sports programming at a facility designed to meet the highest safety and performance standards year after year. It’s been a pleasure to work with the OCSB so far and we look forward to continuing to build upon this relationship at this site for the benefit of all.”

Chris Surgeoner

Footy Sevens

“I know that these improvements will mean a great deal to the students and staff, and that the benefits will extend well beyond the school into the community. We’re pleased to see a community partner step forward to help us modernize the field for our students.”

Elaine McMahon

Board Chairperson, OCSB

Footy Sevens operates Ottawa’s premier recreational soccer, volleyball and ball hockey leagues. Each year, well over 1,000 teams participate in the leagues, utilizing premier university, high school and private turf soccer fields and gymnasiums in the National Capital Region. As well as the year-round league program, their annual Kicking Cancer’s Butt charity tournament has raised over $85,000 for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. More information can be found at

Associate Teacher Partnership with the U of O

Stephen McCabe, Superintendent of Leading and Learning

In partnership with the University of Ottawa, the OCSB has been supporting students enrolled in Bachelor of Education programs by offering practicum opportunities. Over the years, we have cultivated a strong partnership with the University of Ottawa and their Faculty of Education program. The Associate Teacher Program is currently providing over 100 university students with a developmental and collaborative program experience in our OCSB schools. View the presentation.

“The skills our student teachers develop under the supervision and mentorship of the OCSB Associate Teachers ensure a strong foundation for their careers in education.”

Tracy Crowe

Assistant Director of the Teacher Education Program

New SEAC representatives

Manon Séguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services

A vote was held at the SEAC Meeting held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, to appoint the Chair and Vice-Chair of the OCB’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Appointment to these positions is valid for the current term, January to December, 2018. Helen McRobbie, representing VIEWS for Visually Impaired, has been appointed as committee Chair, and Kim Peterson, Community Member at Large, has been appointed Vice-Chair.

The Board acknowledged the years of dedication, guidance and leadership that Helene Lapointe-Jerome provided SEAC in her role as Chair. She will remain on the committee as an association representative until December 2018.

Heather Rose was nominated by the Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton for the position of Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) representative for that organization. Visit


#OCSBCelebrates 2018

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We’re a Top Employer 2018

Denise Andre, Director of Education

For the fourth year in a row, the OCSB has been named a Top Employer in the National Capital Region. The good news was made public in the Ottawa Citizen and through OCSB social media channels on January 31, 2018. On that date, Chairperson McMahon, Jon Juane, Kelly McKibbin, Norma McDonald and Denise Andre attended a reception where we were presented with the award, along with 44 other employers in the National Capital Region. View more in our OCSB blog.

News from the Boardroom Summary (February 13, 2018)

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • Immaculata High partners up for new artificial turf field
  • Associate Teacher Partnership with the University of Ottawa
  • New SEAC representatives
  • National Capital Region’s Top Employers Award 2018
  • Capital allocation and appointment of architect for St. Joseph High School
  • Trustee elected to OCSTA Board of Directors
  • Extended Day Program fee increase
  • May 8, 2018 meeting cancelled
  • Financial statements received
  • Kilometrage rate increase
  • Annual review of community planning and facility partnerships

Briefs from the Boardroom


Trustee elected to OCSTA Board of Directors

Trustee Brian Coburn was elected by the OCSB Board of Trustees to the Board of Directors for the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) for the April 2018 to 2020 term.


Extended Day Program fee increase

A $0.25 cent fee increase was proposed and approved for the Board’s Extended Day program in 43 schools.


May 8, 2018 meeting cancelled

The May 8, 2018 Regular Board Meeting was cancelled due to a conflict with planned Catholic Education Week activities.


Financial statements received

David Leach, Superintendent of Finance and Administration, presented the Board’s Financial Statements for the 3 months ended November 20, 2017.


Kilometrage rate increase

The Board approved a kilometerage rate increase by $0.01 per kilometre, effective January 1, 2018.


Annual review of community planning and facility partnerships

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities, presented an annual review of Community Planning and Facility Partnerships covering topics such as space in existing schools, continued initiative for St. Thomas More School, new schools, and an annual public meeting.

Capital allocation and appointment of architect for St. Joseph High School

Fred Chrystal, Superintendent of Planning and Facilities

The Ministry of Education approved the OCSB’s 30-room request for $17.5 million in benchmark allocation, for a scheduled opening by September 2020. There are currently 17 portables on site at St. Joseph High, with enrollment of 1,462 students. Enrolment has grown by 247 students over just the last two years. This 30-room addition is similar to that which was constructed at St. Peter, All Saints, Sacred Heart, St. Mother Teresa, and just last year, St. Francis Xavier high schools. The Board approved Cuhaci and Associates as the architects for the projects, the original architects for the school as well as for all the other similar high school additions.

Kelly McKibbin

Kelly McKibbin is the Board Website Coordinator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department, and manages all aspects of the Board’s district website. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa and a Communications Certificate, Working with News Media from Brock University. She is the recipient of a 2016 United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award and a member of the Board of Directors for the Waupoos Foundation.

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