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The OCSB community was hard at work during Catholic Education Week this year, as schools embraced opportunities to serve others. Over 1,000 students and 30 staff members from St. Mark High School participated in their annual “Massive Day of Service.” Students were rewarded with a great sense of pride while making sandwiches and collecting toiletries for the Shepherds of Good Hope and the Ottawa Mission. Others reached out to help the elderly in their community with yard work, or just to pay a warm visit.

Staff from St. Patrick’s High School wrapped up their Catholic Education Week by preparing and serving lunch for over 300 of Ottawa’s homeless population at the Shepherds of Good Hope. After chopping, peeling, and arranging, the staff had a prayer service led by their chaplaincy leader, Dr. Joe Rogers. Following prayer, the crew worked the front serving lines, loaded the dishwashers and took care of the cleaning. The greater community thanks these selfless students and staff for taking the time to make a difference in the lives of their neighbours in the spirit of Catholic Education Week.

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“We were so impressed with St. Mark’s students and the services they offered. Two hard working young men showed up and worked non-stop since 9 am. They came early, put away their cell phones and got to work raking and sawing tree branches into small, burnable logs. These kids were not afraid of hard work and we thank them for their help.” Elderly community member

Jonathan Juane is the Online Engagement and Multimedia Specialist with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department. He manages the OCSB social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and the OCSB Blog) and supports the organization in a variety of other functions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communications from Brock University and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.


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