The Board of Trustees for the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) has appointed Cindy Simpson as the Board Trustee for Zone 10, which encompasses the Rideau-Vanier, Rideau-Rockcliffe, and Somerset wards of Ottawa.
Trustee Simpson served as a Catholic educator for 21 years, Catholic school principal for an additional 13 years, and Executive Director of the Youville Centre. She has participated in numerous community networks and committees such as the United Way Ottawa, the Child and Youth Mental Health Network of Ottawa, and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee of Ottawa. With a proven career commitment to children and youth, Trustee Simpson is a strong advocate for equitable resources throughout the education system.
Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing in ceremony in the OCSB Boardroom at the February 12, 2019 Board meeting.
Trustee Simpson was the runner up in the October 2018 municipal elections for Zone 10 to former long-serving OCSB Trustee Thérèse Maloney Cousineau. Due to illness, Trustee Maloney Cousineau was not officially sworn into office before passing away in January 2019. Trustee Simpson has been appointed as the qualified and certified runner up candidate, in accordance with the Education Act, to complete the 2019-2022 term.
“We welcome Cindy in her new role as Trustee, and look forward to her valuable input and service. Her unique perspective on the challenges of youth in the Ottawa area will be an asset to both her constituents and the Board of Trustees.”Mark D. Mullan
Denise Andre is the Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), and was appointed in July 2015. She has been with the OCSB for 39 years and has served as a teacher, department head, vice-principal, principal, superintendent, and deputy (associate) director. Denise holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, and has been married to Bob Thomas for over 32 years.