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Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award - 2014 Recipient

JUSTICEThis year’s winner of the OCSB Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award is Justice Dennis Power. He attended Corpus Christi School up to grade 8 before continuing his studies at St. Patrick’s College, where he earned his High School Diploma. He then went on to study law and began his articling career in 1963. By 1969, the Nelligan-Power partnership was established, and for more than 35 years Justice Power has practised law, primarily in education, professional negligence and commercial and insolvency litigation.

Justice Power has had some notable accomplishments through his long and illustrious career. He was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. He is a former director and officer of the Advocates Society, as well as former president of the Thomas More Lawyer Guild. In 1989, he became a Fellow of the American College of Lawyers, and in 2011 he was appointed as a judge with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa.

Justice Power has been a champion of Catholic education. He worked to secure financial support for Catholic high schools in the 1960s for religious orders who were struggling. He was the lawyer who assisted in the Division of Assets between the English and French sectors of the board, and his diligence ensured successful outcomes which laid the foundations for the expanding Catholic school system we enjoy today. He also worked to promote full funding for Catholic high schools from the provincial government, and was a founding member of the Immaculata Foundation in the 1980s. Justice Power also provided all the legal work in setting up the foundation as a charitable organization, and continues on as a director to this day.

This is what some people who know Justice Power have to say about him:

Denis Power “has a deep understanding of the philosophy and values of Catholic education. He has exhibited a long standing commitment to Catholic Education for over fifty years and has worked to promote the values of Catholic Education at local, diocesan and the provincial level. He has always provided wise counsel and support on behalf of Immaculata.” - Evelyn Kelly, retired Principal

“Denis has a reputation for his good counsel and his wise and insightful judgement, Denis remains rooted in the fact that we are all created equal and conducts himself as such. His recent retirement has left a void in the ranks of the Superior Court Judges that will be difficult to fill.” - Bernard Swords, Regional Senior Justice of the Peace and former Principal

Justice Power is a retired judge, husband, father and grandfather. All of his children attended Immaculata High School and some of his family members are amongst our teaching staff.

The Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award includes a $5000 donation made on behalf of the recipient to the Catholic school of his choice. Justice Power has chosen to split the donation between two schools: St. Patrick’s High School and Corpus Christi School.

Established in 2010, the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award acknowledges an alumnus who has achieved a high level of distinction and recognition in his or her chosen field, while exhibiting positive Catholic values reflecting the characteristics described by the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board presents the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award annually during the Christian Community Day celebration in the Fall.

The Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award

Established in 2010, the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award acknowledges an alumnus who has achieved a high level of distinction and recognition in his or her chosen field, while exhibiting positive Catholic values reflecting the characteristics described by the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board presents the Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award annually during the Christian Community Day celebration in the Fall.

A $5,000 donation is made, on behalf of the recipient, to the Catholic school of his/her choice. A plaque of recognition is be maintained in the Ottawa Catholic School Board, with recipient names added annually; the recipient(s) will receive a personal memento plaque. The award may be presented posthumously, through a family member if possible, with the donation being given to the last school in our Board attended by the recipient.