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Our schools are filled with inspiring students and staff that are making a positive impact on the world around them. These stories highlight some of the wonderful things that are happening in Ottawa Catholic schools every day. If you have a story you would like to share, Tweet the link to us @OttCatholicSB or send us an email at connect@ocsb.ca

2017 Catholic Education Week Mass

Our annual Catholic Education Week Mass was held on Tuesday, May 2nd, hosted at the Notre Dame Cathedral in downtown Ottawa. The Ottawa Catholic School Board Chamber Choir performed and Monsignor Daniel Berniquez presided over the Celebration of the Eucharist.

Following the Mass was the presentation of the Director of Education Commendation Awards, presented to outstanding role models in the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

"Most of our recipients do not feel deserving of the recognition. They are just doing their jobs like anybody else. But their colleagues do not agree with this analysis of their contributions. They see true leaders. People who walk the talk, role up their sleeves, and pitch in to make their school communities better."

OCSB Chair Elaine McMahon

Congratulations and thank you to all of these employees who demonstrate devotion and service in Catholic Education. See pictures of all 35 award recipients in our Facebook album!


Bob Santos honoured as Principal of the Year

The Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO) has honoured St. Stephen School's Bob Santos as Principal of the Year. Bob started his career as a teacher in Northern Quebec, then moved to Calgary, before settling in the Ottawa area where he has worked for close to three decades. Bob exemplifies gospel values in his daily actions and personifies leadership by his commitment to self-improvement. He teaches classes, supervises students, and coaches within his school's extracurricular activities. He fosters a school environment that is caring and promotes student success. In 2003, Bob was awarded the Director of Education Commendation Award for his strong leadership qualities.

Bob has served on CPCO's Constitution Committee and was Co-Chair at CPCO's Conference in 2014. Bob and his wife Barb live just outside of Ottawa, where he enjoys gardening and spending time with family and friends. They have three children. Bob is also an active member of his town's Community Emergency Response Volunteers' team, and is often seen helping neighbours by mowing lawns and shoveling driveways. On behalf of the entire OCSB family: congratulations, Bob.

Heartfelt congratulations are extended to Bob for being recognized as CPCO Principal of the Year. Bob's leadership has been invaluable to the Ottawa Catholic School Board, both within the school communities which he has led, as well as among his peers, as vice-president and president of the Catholic Principal's Council of Ottawa.  We are very proud of Bob and are grateful to him for his dedicated service to the students, staff and parents of the OCSB.

Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education
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Kelly McKibbin is a United Way Community Builder

Kelly McKibbin (center) was recently honoured with a United Way Community Builder Award at the Ottawa Catholic School Board's Catholic Education Centre.

Devoted, enthusiastic, and committed– three words used to describe the Ottawa Catholic School Board's Kelly McKibbin as she was recently honoured with a United Way Community Builder Award.

On Wednesday, April 26th, Laurence Wall from CBC Radio comically interrupted a staff meeting held in a packed OCSB boardroom to present Kelly with her well-earned award. Appropriately presented during National Volunteer Week, Kelly was celebrated for the many ways she serves to make her community a brighter and better place.

"Kelly McKibbin is one of those people that always says 'yes' to any volunteer activity. Once she says 'yes' what you get is the commitment of a uniquely devoted, enthusiastic, professional and kind volunteer."

Laurence Wall, CBC Radio

In 2016, Kelly co-chaired the OCSB's United Way campaign where she worked tirelessly and collaboratively with a campaign team of almost 100 to raise over $524,000. Thanks in no small part to the motivating work of Kelly and her team, the campaign reached an impressive 80% participation rate among 4,000+ OCSB employees.

Kelly has also been the driving force behind her family's commitment as a summer host family for Waupoos Farm. She embodies the Waupoos theme for everyone who supports the farm: Pray, Work, Play. Whether she's collecting materials and planning meaningful activities for guests, or coming up with fun and creative ways for guests to get the most out of their Waupoos Farm experience, you can count on Kelly to put her heart and soul into her work to ensure everyone has the best time possible.

The Community Builder Award program recognizes individuals who work tirelessly, passionately and collaboratively to make Ottawa a better place in which to live, work and raise a family. Kelly's name will be permanently added to the Wall of Inspiration, located at City Hall and the revealing of the 2017 plaque of award-winners will be in March 2018.

Congratulations, Kelly on your well-earned award!


OCSB students collaborate to Keep the Promise

Students from across the Ottawa Catholic School Board recently gathered at the annual Keep the Promise Student Summit to work together to bring an end to child poverty in Canada. Over 65 OCSB students from Grade 5 to Grade 10 brainstormed ways they could make a difference in the lives of impoverished children.

This year's summit was all about student voice – what they think child poverty looks like in their communities and around Canada, and how they think they can make a difference. Students discussed in groups how their neighbourhoods and communities helped those in need, and were later treated to a human library, where they interacted with and asked questions of people who spend their lives helping fight poverty. It was a day filled with inspiration and with hope.

The origin of the summit comes from a promise made by Canadian political parties in 1989 to end child poverty by the year 2000. Today, 1 in 5 children in Ottawa live in poverty – that's about 32,000 kids. Keep the Promise is all about raising awareness, connecting to curriculum, empowering student voice, fostering leadership opportunities, and exploring solutions.

"When we all said 'We can Keep the Promise' together, it's kind of official, we all promised so we will remember!"

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OCSB visits Man of the Shroud Exhibit

Over 1500 OCSB students from 27 schools recently got to experience the Man of the Shroud exhibit held at St. Isidore Church in Kanata. The exhibit included a life-sized authentic recreation of the Shroud of Turin as well as more than 30 display panels outlining historic, scientific, and theological information about the shroud. The Shroud of Turin is widely believed to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus. It was an inspirational and educational experience for all the students who attended.

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