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Yvette Mouafo Soh, her husband, and two young children left Cameroon in 2013 looking for opportunity in Ottawa. Leaving behind friends and family, arriving with no English, and with finances a struggle, Yvette worked hard at University of Ottawa and is now a full time FSL teacher at Prince of Peace School, a Canadian citizen, and the mother of three. She chose to be a teacher because she has a strong Catholic faith and knows she can share her faith here with no fear.

Yvette starts every class with a prayer and promotes French immersion and Deep Learning while sharing her African heritage and coaching soccer. The OCSB is blessed to have such a dedicated and compassionate teacher who has already contributed in so many ways to the Prince of Peace School community.

Board passes balanced operating budget for 2018-2019

David Leach, Superintendent of Finance and Administration

The OCSB has approved a balanced operating budget for the 2018­-2019 school year totalling $548.6 million. The budget was developed with input from our stakeholders including the Catholic School Council Parents’ Association (CSPA), the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), employee groups, and the Student Senate. The budget reflects new and significant investments by the province and supports the strategic commitments of the OCSB.

An International Student Program success story

Ben Vallati, Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education

The Board of Trustees were introduced to Rosana Lezama Sanchez, a former international student with the OCSB, who shared her experiences as an international student. Ms. Sanchez came from Venezuela in 2015 into the welcoming environment of Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School. Rosana learned that her opinions counted there. She graduated and is now going into her third year at University of Ottawa.

View more information about the International Student Program and supports available including home stay options. 

Photo caption (from left to right): Paulina Brecher, Justice of the Peace; Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education; Trustee Regan Preszcator; and Elaine McMahon, OCSB Chairperson.

 

New Zone 9 Trustee Regan Preszcator appointed on June 18, 2018

Due to the unfortunate passing of Trustee Kathy Ablett, R.N. on May 12, 2018, the OCSB sought applications from individuals qualified to serve as a Board Trustee. The Board of Trustees appointed Regan Preszcator as the Trustee for Zone 9 (River/Capital) from June 18, 2018 to November 30, 2018.  Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing-in ceremony. Trustee Prezcator has worked for an MP, now works in the Senate of Canada in communications, and is bilingual. Ms. Preszcator is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Zone 9 (River/Capital). View the news release NR 18.07.

“We look forward to Trustee Preszcator’s contributions as we go forward in our mission of Catholic education. We welcome her to our Board.”

Elaine McMahon

OCSB Chairperson

There were seven qualified candidates interviewed by the Board to complete the 2014-2018 term. The OCSB verified qualifications of the applicants and notified eligible candidates of their interview time. Interviews were held on the evening of Monday, June 18, 2018. Candidates presented to the Board of Trustees at a Closed Meeting on Monday, June 18, 2018. Candidates were given five (5) minutes to make a presentation to the Board of Trustees.

At the conclusion of the presentations on June 18, 2018, the Board of Trustees rose and reported to the Special Board Meeting which is open to the public. Trustees voted by secret ballot. The candidate receiving the majority of votes was confirmed and announced. The successful candidate was sworn in and officially assumed their duties at the Special Board Meeting on June 18, 2018. View the meeting agenda.

Read more about the Trustee application process, and view Trustee Preszcator’s application at ocsb.ca/trustee-vacancy.

Photo caption (from left to right): Paulina Brecher, Justice of the Peace; Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education; Trustee Regan Preszcator; and Elaine McMahon, OCSB Chairperson.

News from the Boardroom Summary (June 12, 2018)

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • An OCSB teacher’s experience towards Canadian citizenship
  • Board passes balanced operating budget for 2018-2019
  • An International Student Program success story
  • New Zone 9 Trustee Regan Preszcator appointed on June 18, 2018
  • End-of-Year Student Trustees’ Report
  • Gifted Education Program Review: Additional data and next steps
  • Principal and Vice-principal appointments

End-of-Year Student Trustees’ report

Ben Vallati, Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education

Grace Evans and Samuel Henriques, Student Trustees for the past 2017-2018 school year, were thanked by the Board of Trustees for their year of service after giving their final report to the Board. The leadership camp for student senators, listening to student voice, and improving the transition process for new student trustees were among their standout accomplishments. View their full summary.

 

Gifted Education Program Review: Additional data and next steps

The Board received the final report of the Gifted Education Program Review. The report included additional research, a review of Ontario gifted programming, while considering the input of OCSB students. Highlights on next steps and resources to support gifted learners are clearly outlined in this comprehensive presentation.

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Briefs from the Boardroom

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Principal and Vice-principal appointments

Denise Andre, Director of Education, announced the following Principal and Vice-Principal appointments and transfers effective September 4, 2018:

  • Nathalie Roy, Principal of St. Brigid School
  • Laura Shanahan, Principal, St. Theresa School
  • Tania Gamache, Vice-Principal, St. Thomas More School
  • Michelle McGarry, Vice-Principal, Guardian Angels School
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Gifted: What is it and what do gifted learners need?

Cathy Miedema, ABC Ottawa President and SEAC Member, made a presentation to the Board of Trustees regarding the Gifted Program Review. View the presentation.

 

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, 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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