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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
Jun
21

OCSB appoints new Zone 7 Board Trustee

On June 20, 2017, the Ottawa Catholic School Board of Trustees appointed Jeremy Wittet as the Trustee for Zone 7, Kitchissippi/Bay area. Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing in ceremony. Mr. Wittet has worked at Queen's Park, Parliamentary offices, and now works for the City of Ottawa. He is a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Parish. There were seven qualified candidates interviewed by the Board that replaces long-serving Trustee Betty-Ann Kealey who passed away in April. "We are pleased to have Mr. Wittet join the Board after the loss of Trustee Kealey. We look forward to his contributions as we go forward in our mission of Catholic education," said Chairperson Elaine McMahon.

Photo caption (from left to right): Paulina Brecher, Justice of the Peace; Jeremy Wittet; OCSB Zone 7 Trustee; Elaine McMahon; OCSB Chairperson; Denise Andre; OCSB Director of Education.
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Jun
20

OCSB students receive Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards

A number of OCSB students were honoured at this year's Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards held on June 5th at Ottawa City Hall.

Rebecca Kahindo of Lester B. Pearson High School was a recipient of the Academic Perseverance Award. She is a dedicated student who works very hard to achieve her goals. She grew up in Uganda, dealing with the hunger and hardships of living in a refugee camp. Despite this, her outlook remains hopeful and focused on moving forward with gratitude. She is a member of Global Outreach, raises funds for planting seeds in Guatemala, and has raised awareness in her school community about social justice issues such as poverty, hunger, and access to clean water. She also volunteers daily at Lester B. Pearson's breakfast club, regularly visits Alzheimer's patients, and has started her own charity to help young people in the Congo attend school. Rebecca is a great role model who demonstrates compassion and a drive to help others.

Rebecca (middle) at the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards ceremony with her supporters.

Sacred Heart High School's Tysen Lefebvre received the Max Keeping Award for Personal Courage. Tysen was born with Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 2, resulting in the need for numerous surgeries throughout his life. In 2012, after having his wish granted by the Make A Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario, Tysen decided to give back, and started his Mission To A Million campaign to raise $1 million to grant the wishes of 100 kids. So far, he's raised over $620,000. Tysen continues to be an inspiration to all those around him.

Tysen poses with Mayor Jim Watson at the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards ceremony.
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Jun
13

OCSB students collaborate to create welcoming schools

Hundreds of OCSB student from Grades 4-6 who are involved in peacemaking or peer meditation at their schools recently attended the 23rd Annual Elementary Peace Festival. 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. It is also a way to highlight and celebrate the many practices used to build and maintain safe schools.

"The Peace Festival aims to create a community of Christian leaders. We strive to have our younger students inspired to help build a society where it is easier for people to be good, highlighting student-led acts of kindness, showcasing their talents and leadership."

Luce Paradis, event organizer

At the event, students heard about the incredible work their peers around the OCSB are doing to make their communities better places: donating hair for wigs for cancer patients, lemonade stands to raise money for cancer, spending time with veterans, raising money door-to-door for a member of their community who has cancer, and so much more. They spent much of the rest of the day participating in fun cooperative games. The day is developed and run by the Leadership Program students at St. Joseph High School.

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Jun
09

OCSB employees make life-saving donations

While students all over the city were enjoying one of the last PD Days of the year, over 20 Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) employees took time out of their day on June 9, 2017 to save some lives. Administrative staff from the main Board office rolled up their sleeves to give a life-saving donation to Canadian Blood Services (CBS), who is currently struggling to maintain a strong national blood inventory.

The OCSB heard the call to donate to this worthwhile cause, and answered with enthusiasm. Thanks to Life Bus shuttles provided by CBS, participants took a 10 minute drive up West Hunt Club Road to Tudor Hall, where a mobile blood donation clinic was set up. After answering some eligibility questions, donating blood, and enjoying a cold drink and sweet snack, they headed back to work with a greater sense of purpose. 

Every minute of every day, a Canadian needs blood. While many people have extremely valid reasons for not donating blood, only 4% of people who are eligible to donate actually do. One car accident victim can require transfusions from over 70 donors. One child diagnosed with cancer might need several blood transfusions each week just to stay alive. One donation can save up to three lives.

The OCSB is proud of all of its employees for supporting this cause. Contact Canadian Blood Services today to make an appointment to donate blood and join the movement today.

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Jun
05

St. Brother Andre PGL students shine at science challenge

Students from the Program for Gifted Learners (PGL) at St. Brother Andre School dazzled at Carleton University's recent Let's Talk Science Challenge. The competition aims to encourage students to get excited about STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The event involved a Quiz Show portion to test students' knowledge in STEM subjects, along with an Engineering Design Challenge. About 50 teams of Grade 6 to 8 students from across the region competed to take top honours. Of all those teams, two groups of St. Brother Andre PGL students came in first and third place. The Euphoric Eukaryotes took first place, comprised of students Allison Cretel, Eva Copeland, Corinne Park, and Brooke, while the Elite Electrons team came in third, with medals going to Shireen Ciccarelli, Sophie Goodman, Adam Rowan, and William Copeland. Congratulations to all the students involved on their outstanding performances.

The Euphoric Eukaryotes (left) and the Elite Electrons (right) at the Let's Talk Science Challenge.
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