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Remembering Trustee Betty-Ann Kealey

Trustee Betty-Ann Kealey faithfully served families and students in her community for over 30 years

On Monday April 17, with heavy hearts, we said goodbye to a champion of Catholic education, and a dear friend, Trustee Betty-Ann Kealey. She was a tireless supporter of families and students in her community serving for over 30 years, representing the Kitchissippi and Bay area (Zone 9).

Trustee Betty-Ann Kealey was first elected to the Ottawa Roman Catholic Separate School Board in 1984, serving as trustee until 1994. During that time, she was Vice-Chairperson in 1990 and Chairperson for three years after that. She then served as trustee with the amalgamated Ottawa Catholic School Board from 2000 until 2017. She was Chairperson in 2004, and Vice-Chairperson in 2002, 2003, 2014 and 2015.

Betty-Ann possessed a wide range of knowledge on local and provincial education issues and was devoted to supporting the schools in her area, rarely missing a meeting or event. Warm and genuine, she will be missed by all.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue (at Richmond Rd) on Sunday, April 23 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, 153 Woodroffe Avenue on Monday at 11am with Reception to follow at the funeral home. For those wishing, donations to the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa would be appreciated by the family.

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School anniversary celebrations during #CathEdWeek

Students from St. Marguerite d'Youville School planted daisies in their front garden following a beautiful 25th Anniversary Prayer Service
St. Michael, Corkery School celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a musical production of Peter Pan and school tours.
Holy Trinity Catholic High School celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a beautiful Mass on the last day of Catholic Education Week

During Catholic Education Week last week I had the pleasure of attending several anniversary celebrations hosted by OCSB schools. I wanted to take a moment to thank each of these schools for taking the extra time and care to make these events a huge success.

Our six schools celebrating commemorative anniversaries were:

I found it remarkable how all of the schools honoured the past while celebrating the present, and the future! I was reminded of how beautiful and welcoming our schools are by the way their celebrations involved church, community, past and present staff, and students to make everyone part of the celebration. Another thing that struck me was how caretaking staff and our facilities department take extra special care to make sure our buildings continue to look wonderful after 25 years, 50 years and 90 years!

May the remainder of this school year and the years ahead continue to be filled with many blessings for all of our school communities! See more photos from this year's commemorative anniversary celebrations in our Facebook album!

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Immaculata's 23rd Annual Terry Fox Run/Walk

On Thursday, September 24, Immaculata High School staff and students participated in their 23rd annual Terry Fox Run/Walk. Their fundraising goal was $14,000 – over $800 more than they have raised in the past few years. Last year Immaculata was recognized as the 19th highest fundraising high school in Ontario. The Immaculata community not only met their goal, but exceeded it by raising $15,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research. That brings Immaculata's 23-year total to almost $250,000! And they even added to it later on, with the proceeds from an optional dress down day on October 14th also going to charity. Way to go Immaculata!

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St. Pius students take care of garden over summer

Last spring, St. Pius X High School's Applied Geography Class and Achievement Centre students worked hard to create an outdoor learning space and vegetable garden/potato patch. When they left in June, the plants had taken root and had started blooming. Left unattended for two months, the garden could have become a weed-filled disaster. Fortunately for Pius, Grade 11 student Neil Santos stepped into the role of head gardener and irrigation technician for the entire summer. Neil rounded up a crew of volunteers to weed and water the flowers and vegetables on a weekly basis throughout July and August. Because of their efforts, the garden has been an astounding success. Staff and students returned in September to find a garden filled with ready-to-eat tomatoes, corn, potatoes, beets, kale, peppers, chard, parsley, and other herbs. This tasty and healthy produce will be harvested and used for Terry Fox fundraising efforts.

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