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Labour situation update

Update #4 - Thursday, June 4, 2015
There are currently no labour disruptions pending at the OCSB at this time. Ontario public school boards have begun strike action in form of a partial withdrawal of service. This does not affect Catholic schools. Visit ocsb.ca/labour
Photo of Notre Dame staff, from left to right: Leisa Villeneuve - VP, Oriana Laderoute - Student Services Head, Kate Fournier-McGarrity - Teacher, Mary Thornton - Social Worker, Bonnie Campbell - Principal, Louise Ogilvie - Teacher, Catherine Young - Pathways to Education, Billy Russell - Dovercourt Community CentreCongratulations to Notre Dame High School for being one of the recipients of the 2014-15 Premier's Award for Accepting Schools! The award recognizes school teams that have done exceptional and innovative work in promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school environment. A number of programs have helped Notre Dame accomplish this goal. The Helping Hand Team developed educational awareness programs that taught students about mental health and well-being. They also organized a number of student-led activities to help students manage anxiety such as relaxation classes, administering student stress quizzes and providing a program on mental health conditions. The Healthy Transitions Program, facilitated by local public health staff, helped ease the transition into high school for Grade 7 and 8 students. An annual multicultural event included an evening of traditional ethnic cuisines, a talent show and a parent panel discussion on challenges faced by newcomers and how to improve their school experience. Congratulations to Notre Dame on this prestigious and well-deserved award!
Photo of (from left to right): Trustee Spencer Warren, Sam Turgeon-Brabazon, Chairperson Elaine McMahon and Superintendent Peter AtkinsonGraduating Mother Teresa High School student Sam Turgeon-Brabazon is an entrepreneur, a director and a valedictorian. He also won the provincial and national gold medals at the 2015 Workplace Safety Competitions. Sam even won the provincial title with the highest point total ever awarded. He will be going on to Carleton University to study Public Affairs and Policy Management. After a year of study, including being a Parliamentary Page, Sam plans to specialize in Human Rights. Watch Sam’s GoPro video showcasing his journey to capture gold at the national competition in Saskatoon!
Photo of Judge Springate at the Citizenship Ceremony held at the OCSB head officeThe OCSB was proud to witness 20 new Canadian citizens taking their oaths of citizenship at the Board office in Nepean on June 23. The ceremony was presided over by Canada’s Senior Citizenship Judge George Springate, who presented each of the new Canadians with their Citizenship Certificate. Director of Education Julian Hanlon, and Chairperson of the Board Elaine McMahon were also on hand to congratulate the new citizens. Trustee Kathy Ablett, Superintendent of Student Success Steve McCabe and Superintendent of Continuing and Community Education Peter Atkinson were at the event as well. It was a beautiful experience that will be remembered by all who attended. Check out our Facebook album from the event!
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