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This past Friday in Waterloo, I had the honour of witnessing our very own Trustee John Curry receive the 2018 Ontario Catholic Schools Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) Trustee Award of Merit. This award recognizes one Catholic trustee in Ontario each year who has rendered exceptional service to Catholic education.

Trustee Curry has served on several Board committees since becoming a Trustee in 2000. Through his membership on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Trustee Curry was a vocal supporter of programming for students with special needs, advocating for the inclusion model for all learners.

His advocacy for the availability of French language programming in rural and small schools resulted in French immersion pathway offerings in all 83 of our community schools. He supported the accelerated transition of all OCSB libraries to learning commons from a five year plan to completion in under three years. He is a strong advocate of arts education, resulting in additional funds being set aside to support elementary music curriculum delivery.

In an effort to amplify his commitment to Catholic education, Trustee Curry has used his professional career in journalism to champion his community and highlight the students within his jurisdiction — Zone 1, Stittsville and Kanata. Having owned and operated the Stittsville News community newspaper for 26 years, he possesses a deep understanding of the value of building community and celebrating excellence.

Trustee Curry is a true servant leader who walks humbly with God. On behalf of our entire OCSB community, I would like to congratulate Trustee Curry on this distinguished accomplishment, and thank him for his cooperative and gracious service in support of Catholic education.

 

The OCSTA Trustee Award of Merit was presented to Trustee Curry on April 27, 2018 in Waterloo, during the Eucharistic Celebration of that the OCSTA 2018 AGM & Conference. For more than 85 years, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) has safeguarded and promoted the interests of Catholic education in Ontario.

“To their Catholic school trustees, families entrust hundreds of thousands of human lives with the capability, the possibility, and finally the promise of achieving human greatness. It is these small, fragile and ultimately marvellous lives that you as a trustee are called to serve.”

Becoming a Catholic School Trustee

OCSTA publication

“Our colleague, John Curry, has made numerous contributions to Catholic education over his 18 years as an OCSB Trustee that have enriched the lives of the school communities that he represents, the committees on which he has served, and the Board at large. It has been an honour for all of us to serve with him.”

Elaine McMahon

Chairperson, OCSB

Denise Andre

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.


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