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The Ottawa Catholic School Board  is saddened by the passing of Trustee Kathy Ablett, R.N. on Saturday, May 12. The Board of Trustees and OCSB staff extend sincere condolences to Trustee Ablett’s family and friends. Trustee Ablett represented River/Capital (Zone 9) and was involved in Catholic education her entire life. Over the past 27 years as Trustee, she has demonstrated accountability, accessibility, and a true commitment to the success of all students, making significant contributions to the environment of servant leadership within the OCSB.

“Trustee Ablett’s fierce commitment to her role as Trustee has been a cornerstone of the Ottawa Catholic School Board for decades. We have appreciated her personal dedication to Catholic education over the years. She was a dear friend who will be missed.”
Elaine McMahon

Chairperson of the Board

A dedicated and persistent advocate for Catholic education in the city, Trustee Ablett was committed to raising the profile of Catholic education as a gift that Catholics must be prepared to safeguard. She was honoured with the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’  Association (OCSTA) Trustee Award of Merit in 2009 for rendering exceptional service to Catholic education. She was also the recipient of the Success by Six award from The United Way Ottawa in recognition of her efforts to provide educational opportunities for the very young.

A thoughtful advocate for her constituents, Trustee Ablett was elected to the Ottawa Roman Catholic Separate School Board from 1988 to 1997 and returned in 2000 to 2018 as Trustee with the amalgamated OCSB. She served as Board Vice-Chairperson in 2005, and Chairperson in 2006 and 2007. During her tenure as Chairperson, she nurtured an atmosphere of cooperation and respect by her careful consideration of others’ needs and her dedication to service.

“Trustee Ablett was a tireless supporter of the schools in her community as well as the Board as a whole. We could always rely on her  positivity and leadership, even in difficult times.”

Denise Andre

Director of Education, OCSB

She also served on almost every Board committee, with leadership roles in Honours and Awards, Child Care Corporation, and the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA). Trustee Ablett represented the St. Pius X and Immaculata High School families of schools including the following feeder schools: Corpus Christi SchoolHoly Cross School, Holy Family School, St. Augustine School, and St. Elizabeth School.

A devoted Registered Nurse (R.N.), Trustee Ablett was active in family practice medicine. Her memory lives on through her grandchildren currently attending OCSB schools.

Kathy Ablett, R.N.

A dear friend to many; devoted to Catholic Education.

See Trustee Ablett’s obituary. Visitation will be held at the Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel, 1255 Walkley Rd, Ottawa on May 22, 2018 from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m. Service Wednesday, May 23rd at Our Lady of the Visitation, 5338 Bank St.(past Findlay Creek) for Mass of Christian funeral at 11 a.m. Interment in Hope Cemetery.

Mardi de Kemp

Mardi de Kemp is the OCSB’s Manager of Communications.


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