There is still time to say “merci!”

Who knew when we launched the #ocsbMerci initiative earlier this month that so many people in our community would jump on the gratitude bandwagon? You knew!

We received over 6,500 “merci” submissions, and we’re not done counting! Be Community is more than a strategic commitment. It is who we are. Thank you for taking the time to celebrate your work and learning, family!

Recognize an outstanding OCSB employee

It’s not too late to brighten the day of an exceptional Ottawa Catholic School Board employee. You can recognize as many employees as you’d like; complete the Google form by midnight on Friday, March 26, 2021. All recognized employees will be entered in a draw for a prize next week.

“I am so thankful for Mme Gallant’s inclusive and attentive teaching style towards all of the students in her French class. Her wonderful teaching skills became obvious to me throughout the remote learning period. My son is truly fortunate to have her as his French teacher at SJA. She clearly cares about the students and helps put them at ease during these unprecedented/unusual times. I am also very thankful for her open/consistent communication with parents via email. Merci, Mme Gallant!”

– Parent, St. John the Apostle School

“Kathrine Kingham does such an incredible job as the administrative assistant working the front desk in the office. She seemingly knows everyone by name, staff and students, and is consistently professional, kind, and pleasant. She also seems to know everything about anything; she is often my first point of contact should I need support on anything from tech difficulties, to knowing where the admin are, to knowing where a student is, to knowing how to set up my answering machine. And I really appreciate exchanging stories about the babies in our lives… ;)”

– Colleague, St. Peter High School

“…As a brand new vice-principal, Dean Prigent has managed to learn our school culture very quickly and in turn has become very much a part of our Pius family. He is a quick thinker who tackles any issues at hand with determination, compassion and conviction. We are blessed to have him at Pius!!! Merci 💚”

– Principal, St. Pius X High School

“Maria Podsadowska is such a positive person to be around and she helps as many people as she can every single day.”

– Colleague, St. Mother Teresa High School

“Brent Hopkins is a principal who leads with character and compassion. So pleased to work with you Brent!”

– Colleague, Sacred Heart High School

“Steve Barbe, Thank you for being the best colleague, custodian and friend that one could have. You are thoughtful, caring and highly respected. You do amazing work under unique circumstances every day. I am lucky and blessed to have you in my life. Merci!”

– Colleague, Frank Ryan Catholic Intermediate School

“Heather Blackmore has navigated her new role as a virtual teacher with a positive attitude. She has tried new technologies and shared her ideas with others. She is also always willing to assist in any way she can by sharing her vast knowledge as a Resource teacher.”

– Colleague, OCSB Elementary Virtual Program

“Julia Hardy is an incredible resource teacher always going above and beyond. She is very kind and thoughtful of others. We are truly blessed to have her at St Anne.”

– Principal, St. Anne School

“I’m thankful for the amazing work Stephanie Brousseau is doing and always being available when parents have concerns.”

– Parent, St. Elizabeth School

“Chantal is an All-Star OCSB employee! She works extremely hard, is always thinking of others and always makes herself available to others in need of support. Chantal oversees the entire Health and Safety portfolio for the board (this includes both staff and students!!) and tackles it with her expertise and of course positivity. She is an excellent Supervisor and I am grateful to be a part of her team and learn from her daily!!”

– Colleague, OCSB Board Office

“Je suis reconnaissant de l’opportunité de travailler avec Josette Bosc. Elle est professionnelle, compétente, créative, attentionnée et sage. Josette est dévouée et soutient ses collègues. Je suis reconnaissant pour les années que je travaille avec elle. – and nudges me to work on my French :)”

– Colleague, OCSB Board Office

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

– St. Mother Teresa

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