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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
Apr
12

St. Elizabeth School wins new instruments

St. Elizabeth School recently applied for and won the MusiCounts Band Aid Program grand prize of $10,000 to go towards musical instruments for their school. The school community provided MusiCounts with a wish list of instruments and the program purchased them. The instruments were unveiled at the announcement assembly by the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and Juno Award winning artist Ruth B. There were also special performances at the assembly by Ruth B, and the school band. Check out the video & photos from the event.

Juno-award-winning artist Ruth B and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau at the MusiCounts assembly at St. Elizabeth School.
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Apr
04

OCSB students take part in mass band performance

Students from 9 of our high schools - Sacred HeartHoly Trinity, St. Mark, St. Matthew, St. Pius X, St. Peter, Lester B. Pearson, St. Patrick's, and St. Francis Xavier - recently took part in a mass band performance conducted by Alexander Shelley of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Over 1300 kids took part, and more than 350 of them were from the OCSB. Watch the performance below.

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Mar
30

St. Peter teacher receives 2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award

LeeAnn Napiorkowski, St. Peter High School's High Needs Coordinator, has been awarded a 2017 Mayor's City Builder Award for her extraordinary commitment to making her community a better place for all. She uses her passion for coaching as a way to guide, support, and encourage her players on and off the field.

LeeAnn Napiorkowski (middle, red sweater) with educational assistants and the students from her Inclusion Room before receiving her award.

As the head coach of St. Peter High School's senior boy's rugby team, her leadership has translated into success for her students, both in sports and in life. Her teams have reached several city championships, but, more importantly, her players regularly take part in fundraisers and community charity events. Outside of her school, she also volunteers as a coach for the Ottawa Beavers-Banshees Rugby Football Club and other provincial and regional teams.

LeeAnn's tireless commitment to the principles of inclusion and respect have led her to establish an ambassador program to help connect the parent Beavers and Banshee Rugby clubs with junior players. LeeAnn raises money for financially challenged players who cannot afford registration and equipment, including one player who qualified for the Eastern Ontario Championship, and wouldn't have been able to go without LeeAnn's fundraising support.

On top of all that, LeeAnn's compassion led her to help the family of John Kelly, a St. Peter student who tragically passed away, establish a memorial award in their son's name. Thanks in part to LeeAnn's efforts, The John Kelly Memorial Award remains a living tribute to John's life, and helps other students pursue their rugby goals after graduation.

The Mayor's City Builder Award is a civic honour created to recognize an individual, group or organization that has demonstrated a strong commitment to making our city a better place. LeeAnn more than qualifies. The OCSB family sends a big thank you to LeeAnn for everything she does, and for being an inspiration for us all.

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Mar
23

Sacred Heart grad named a Women of Worth

Everyone should have access to healthy, affordable food. It's this belief that's fuelled Eva von Jagow's mission to combat food insecurity in Canada over the past half decade. Through her tireless and inspiring work, she's truly making a difference. And now she's being recognized for it.

Eva, a recent Sacred Heart High School graduate, was selected as one of the 10 inaugural members of Canada's L'Oréal Women of Worth, a program that promotes and celebrates inspiring Canadian women who strive to improve the lives of people across Canada. Chosen from over 300 nominations, she is being honoured for her role with DueNORTH, a not-for-profit she founded that aims to fight food insecurity for children and youth in Canada's Far North.

Eva's journey began in 2012, when she was in Grade 11 at Sacred Heart. That's when she first learned about food insecurity, and how it impacts many Northern Canadian people every day. When she found out that many children don't have reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food to live an active and healthy life, she knew she had to do something about it. So, she got to work founding the All That Glam Fundraiser, which sells used jewelry and handbags to support breakfast programs in Nunavut. To date, it's raised over $100,000 with corporate matching. That's a lot of full stomachs.

From there, Eva went on to found DueNORTH, with the goal of providing even more healthy breakfasts for children and youth in Northern Canada. Under the organization's four guiding principles of fundraising, engagement, awareness, and connection, DueNORTH strives for a Canada where everyone has access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food.

Eva is truly living out the Catholic Graduate Expectations by showing compassion, integrity, and initiative. She saw a problem, and became part of the solution. The OCSB is extremely proud of all of Eva's tremendous work, and we look forward to seeing the all the great things she'll do next.

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Mar
10

St. Peter shows solidarity with local mosque

A poster with messages from the St. Peter school community.

When members of our community are hurting, our faith calls for us to offer love and support. So, in the wake of the tragic shooting at a Quebec City mosque, the St. Peter High School community reached out to a local mosque to show them that the staff and students cared.

After speaking with Imam Mohammed Badat of Masjid Balil mosque, teachers Scott Searle and Linda Roe decided to show sympathy and compassion by making cards and posters for the members of the mosque. Linda brought the idea to her leadership class, and they leapt at the opportunity. People in their community were grieving, and the students wanted to help. The class got together after school and began making posters and writing kind messages. Word spread quickly, and, pretty soon, the whole school was taking part. The leadership class put their big poster in the chapel for other students to sign, and other classes took time to make their own cards and messages of support. The whole school came together to offer some love and kindness to those who needed it most.

Needless to say, the members of the mosque were touched by the heartwarming gesture. They invited the leadership class to visit the mosque to see their cards and posters on display, and to see the positive impact they were having. Imam Badat even told the students that he could use their kind and inspiring messages as inspiration for his weekly prayers for the rest of the year. The mosque even made cards of their own for the students, and presented the school with a commemorative plaque to show their gratitude.

"Our students were happy that they could do something to reach out to their friends and help them feel a little bit better, knowing that we all stand together as one human family."

Linda Roe

The entire St. Peter community has done a wonderful job of demonstrating the Catholic Graduate Expectations by spreading love, kindness, and compassion in their community. The OCSB family is extremely proud of St. Peter for going above and beyond to make a loving difference in their community. Take a look at some of the cards and posters in our Facebook album.

"All of us are proud to work in a faith-based environment that shows such love and solidarity with people of different religious backgrounds."

Scott Searle
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