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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights June 14, 2016

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • DEPARTMENT PROFILE Learning Partnership's Entrepreneurial Adventure Program
  • Student Trustees' Presentation
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Certification
  • Approval of 2016-2017 Budget
  • Boardroom Briefs

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Heart Garden at the OCSB

For the first time, the OCSB has planted a heart garden in honour of survivors and their families of the residential school system in Canada. Students taking First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies courses created the hearts in Métis dot painting workshops at the Wabano Aboriginal Centre for Health. There are more than 300 hearts in the garden located at the OCSB board office.

The organization First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada that runs the program "Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams" invited individuals and organizations to join in reconciliation by planting heart gardens in their communities during the months of May and June. Heart gardens honour residential school survivors and their families, as well as the legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Each heart represents the memory of a child lost to the residential school system, and the act of planting represents that individual's commitment to finding their place in reconciliation.


#OCSB10DAY Challenge

​OCSB staff took part in a 10 day Twitter challenge designed to help employees sharpen their Twitter skills. The challenge was led by the OCSB Learning Technologies department and included daily tasks for newbies and seasoned "tweeters".

OCSB staff enjoyed learning about Twitter and the various applications associated with it, such as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite. Challenge participants were eager to demonstrate their twitter skills and for more challenges.

The purpose of the challenge was to help OCSB colleagues collaborate and learn with each other using the popular social media tool. The tasks for new Twitter users varied from setting up their account, uploading a photo, updating their bios, "favouriting", "retweeting" and "quoting" tweets.

For seasoned tweeters, the tasks included recruiting colleagues to the OCSB twitter family, using hashtags, creating Twitter polls, using the Hootsuite application to organize tweets and joining a Twitter chat.

Along with completing the challenge, part of the incentive to participate was the possibility of winning the #OCSB10DAY contest. The prize would be to have the Director of Education, Denise Andre, act as an Occasional Teacher for your class! The winner of the random draw was Carina Quinn, teacher at Georges Vanier Elementary School. 

Congratulations to all who participated in the challenge!  


OCSB Celebrates 22nd Annual Elementary Peace Festival

This year, over 1,200 elementary students in grades 4, 5 and 6 who are involved in peacemaking or peer mediation at their schools attended the Ottawa Catholic School Board's 22nd Annual Elementary Peace Festival held at St. Paul High School. An event that highlights and celebrates the positive roles of our students in junior grades, the Peace Festival also showcases the many practices used to build and maintain safe and inclusive school environments.

​The goal of the conference is to challenge students to recognize the power they have to make their schools into communities where all students feel welcome. The festival has helped many students view conflict as an opportunity for positive change. Students shared ideas and affirmed each other in their commitment to making their world a safer and more just place. In addition to playing co-operative games and having a lot of fun, student participants at the festival were celebrated for their outreach programs and examples in leadership.

The day is developed and run by the Leadership Program students at St. Joseph High School and made possible by the ongoing support of MADD Ottawa.


OCSB Students Appointed to Minister's Student Advisory Council

Benjamin McLellan-Campbell, Hon. Liz Sandals Minister of Education, Dylan Sova and Gigi Huang.

On June 2nd, three students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board were appointed to the Minister's Student Advisory Council (MSAC). The students in the MSAC share ideas and provide advice to the minister on topics regarding Ontario's education system.

Out of 450 applicants, 60 were chosen to represent Ontario's cultural, social and geographic diversity. This year, the three OCSB students were selected and recognized for their leadership and initiative: Gigi Huang, Benjamin McLellan-Campbell, and Dylan Sova.

Gigi Huang, a student at Mother Teresa High School, has various certificates and experiences from her high school career. She has participated in the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program, the Ontario Summer Company Program, Dual Credit Program, and a Co-op program at school.

Benjamin McLellan-Campbell, a student at St. Francis Xavier High School, currently serves as one of the two Student Trustees for the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

Dylan Sova, a student at St. Mark High School, has various roles within his school and community. He is a leader at leadership camp, has acted in school plays, is a member of headstrong (mental health awareness club) at school, and is a member of the Youth of Manotick Association. 

Congratulations to these remarkable students and good luck in your future endeavours!

2016 -2017 Minister's Student Advisory Council
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