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Trustee Vacancy - Application Process

Ottawa Catholic School Board appoints new Trustee for Kitchissippi/Bay area (Zone 7)

Jeremy Wittet s 1The 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.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board sought applications from individuals qualified to serve as a Board Trustee to fill a vacancy in Zone 7 (Kitchissippi/Bay) from June 20, 2017 to November 30, 2018. Trustees are members of the school board. They provide an important link between local communities and the school board, bringing the issues and concerns of their constituents to Board discussions and decision making. According to the Education Act of Ontario, the Board has 90 days to appoint a new Trustee once a position has become vacant. 

Upon receipt of the Notice of Application and Declaration of Qualification forms, the OCSB's Executive Officer verified qualifications and notified eligible candidates of the presentation meeting date and time. All qualified applicants who were selected for a presentation were notified by June 14th, and provided with further details for their presentation at that time. Candidates presented to the Board of Trustees at the Committee of the Whole (Closed) meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Candidates were given five (5) minutes to make a presentation to the Board of Trustees and answered questions. 

At the conclusion of the presentations on June 20, 2017, the Board of Trustees rose and reported to the Special Board Meeting which is open to the public. Trustees voted by secret ballot.  The candidate receiving the majority of votes was confirmed and announced. The successful candidate was sworn in and officially began assuming their duties at the Special Board Meeting on June 20, 2017.

Eligibility qualifications

In order to be eligible, candidates must be:
  • a resident in the Board’s area of jurisdiction;
  • a Canadian citizen; at least 18 years of age;
  • a Roman Catholic;
  • qualified to vote for members of the Ottawa Catholic School Board; and
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding the office of Trustee.

A person is not qualified to act as Board Trustee if the person is:
  • an employee of a district school board or other school authority;
  • a member of the council of a municipality or an upper-tier municipality, all or part of which is included in the area of jurisdiction of the district school board; or
  • an elected member of a local board, as defined in the Municipal Affairs Act, of a municipality or an upper-tier municipality, all or part of which is included in the area of jurisdiction of the district school board.

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List of schools in Zone 7
St. Rose of Lima School
Dr. F. J. McDonald Catholic School
Notre Dame High School
Our Lady of Fatima School
St. George School

Applications received

 Name of applicant  Application
 Jeffrey M. Darwin  View application
 Lindsay Malleck  View application
 Anthony (Alph) May, CGA  View application
 Julia Elizabeth Muggeridge  View application
 Kevin J. O'Shaughnessy  View application
 Christine Pastien  View application
 Jeremy Wittet  View application

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the applicants.

Submission deadline has passed (Monday, June 5, 2017)

Candidates who met the qualifications and were interested in serving as an Ottawa Catholic School Board Trustee for Zone 7 until November 30, 2018 submitted applications no later than 10:00 am on Monday, June 5, 2017. Please note that late applications were not accepted. The Notice of Application forms are public documents which have been posted to this webpage.

Questions should be directed to the OCSB's Directorate Office at 613-224-4455 Ext. 2271.

Candidates submitted both of the following forms in hard copy format to address below. Please note that these PDF fillable forms cannot be saved as completed to your computer unless you have Adobe Professional. 

Notice of Application

Declaration of Qualification

Mail to: 

Covering an area of approximately 2,900 square kilometres, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is an all encompassing urban, suburban and rural board located in Eastern Ontario. With a full-time equivalent teaching and non-teaching staff of over 4,600 we operate 85 schools (68 elementary, 2 intermediate, and 15 high schools) as well as one adult high school and four adult education centres. We are nationally recognized for our commitment to innovation, collaboration, and creativity. We provide a distinctive education with a special emphasis on student success and spiritual growth to approximately 40,702 full-time students.