Recently, St. Pius X High School’s very own Diana Rincon Salazar was awarded the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization’s (OCISO) Marion Dewar scholarship! Diana is a diligent student who shows a truly exceptional work ethic. Her great sense of integrity and love of learning are evident to all who meet her. This polite, hard-working and conscientious student sees challenges as vehicles of improvement in her life. While striving for excellence every day at St. Pius X High School, she was a positive influence and role model for students and an inspiration to staff.
The Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund was launched by OCISO in 2009 during World Refugee Week to honour the legacy of former Ottawa Mayor Marion Dewar’s lifelong commitment to the cause of immigrant integration. The Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund allows students to celebrate this dream and carry on this work. Through the fund, OCISO invests in the post-secondary education of young immigrants and refugees, enabling them to contribute their full potential and possibilities as citizens of Canada.
On October 9, automotive students at Notre Dame High School school, CAA North & East Ontario (CAA NEO) and United Way Ottawa donated a 2003 Jeep Liberty to Christie Lake Kids. For the past few years, the vehicle had been used as a promotional automobile for CAA NEO, and it was time for the Jeep to be driven for a good cause. The Notre Dame students helped overhaul and completely fix up the car, with the help of Donnelly Ford, Bemac Auto Body, Dilawri Chrysler Dodge Jeep and NAPA Auto Parts.
On October 7, despite the rainy weather, local politicians, Ottawa Catholic School Board staff, and representatives from the parish, architectural and building firms came together to celebrate the construction of a new OCSB school - Avalon Catholic Elementary School! Opening in September 2015, the OCSB’s newest school, located at 2300 Esprit Drive in Cumberland, will house about 350 students from kindergarten to grade 6, and graduating students will go on to St. Peter High School.