Director and Associate Director of Education
Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer
Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2272
Denise Andre was appointed Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Catholic School Board 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.
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Denise has served on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Home and Outreach Centre and the Youth Services Bureau and is currently on the Board of Directors for St. Paul University, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA), and the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE). Denise is President of the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO), and has also served as an instructor for the Supervisory Officer’s Qualifications Program, offered by the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network (EOSDN).
Denise holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University. Denise spent her early days in Cornwall, and has been married to Bob Thomas for over 32 years. Bob is the OCSB’s Educational Consultant for Physical & Health Education, as well as a professor at the University of Ottawa.
Associate Director of Education and Assistant Secretary
Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2278
Family of Schools
Holy Trinity High School
Holy Redeemer School
St. Anne School
St. James School
St. Martin de Porres School
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Thomas D’Amico was appointed Associate Director of Education and Assistant Secretary of the Ottawa Catholic School Board in July 2015. He has served the OCSB in various capacities for over 27 years, as teacher, principal, Superintendent of Learning Technologies, and as the Superintendent of Human Resources. Thomas has chaired system-level committees and has been the lead on several provincial educational networks. He has presented across Canada on the subjects of educational technology and leadership in the 21st Century, and is a recipient of a Canada’s Outstanding Principal award.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Physical Education from the University of Ottawa, as well as an Honours in Physical Education from McMaster University. He has an executive certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor Law department. Thomas and his wife Michelle are the proud parents of two daughters and OCSB graduates, Laura and Christina.
From the Director Blog
Denise Andre, Director of Education, is one of our most popular OCSB bloggers. Her thoughtful perspective speaks directly to parents, students and staff all at the same time.
At the beginning of each school year, I marvel at how our schools are so well prepared and welcoming for the return of our students. Each year, our Planning and Facilities Department coordinate hundreds of construction and renovation projects over the summer two month period, and our caretaking staff work diligently to ensure that our schools are sparkling clean.
This year, we faced an unexpected challenge at the beginning of the summer with the fire at St. Francis of Assisi School. It is such a strength of our Board and part of our strong community, that our team would look at such a devastating event, come together to problem-solve, and have the school open and ready to receive the students in less than two months.read more