The Ottawa Catholic School Board is saddened by the passing of Trustee Kathy Ablett, R.N. on Saturday, May 12. The Board of Trustees and OCSB staff extend sincere condolences to Trustee Ablett’s family and friends. Trustee Ablett represented River/Capital (Zone 9) and was involved in Catholic education her entire life. Over the past 27 years as Trustee, she has demonstrated accountability, accessibility, and a true commitment to the success of all students, making significant contributions to the environment of servant leadership within the OCSB.
A dedicated and persistent advocate for Catholic education in the city, Trustee Ablett was committed to raising the profile of Catholic education as a gift that Catholics must be prepared to safeguard. She was honoured with the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) Trustee Award of Merit in 2009 for rendering exceptional service to Catholic education. She was also the recipient of the Success by Six award from The United Way Ottawa in recognition of her efforts to provide educational opportunities for the very young.
A thoughtful advocate for her constituents, Trustee Ablett was elected to the Ottawa Roman Catholic Separate School Board from 1988 to 1997 and returned in 2000 to 2018 as Trustee with the amalgamated OCSB. She served as Board Vice-Chairperson in 2005, and Chairperson in 2006 and 2007. During her tenure as Chairperson, she nurtured an atmosphere of cooperation and respect by her careful consideration of others’ needs and her dedication to service.