2023 Director’s Annual Report

I am pleased to share the 2022-2023 Director’s Annual Report. This past year marked the third year of providing Catholic education during the global pandemic. We were pleased to see many of the COVID restrictions from previous years being lessened throughout the year.

Our trustees have once again approved additional financial resources for our students’ mental health and well-being initiatives. They also continue to support the continuity of our virtual schools: St. Josephine Virtual High School and Blessed Carlo Elementary School. Thanks to their dedication to putting students first and sound fiscal management practices, we have been able to use funds from our healthy reserves to make this possible. 

The 2022-2023 academic year marked the second year of our three-year Spiritual Theme, “Gratitude Rooted in Joy Fills Us with Hope.” During this year, our focus was on joy, as staff and students from across the district found joy in their schools and work sites through their daily interactions with one another. 

Throughout the year, the School Board has prioritized supporting and celebrating all members of our school community. To achieve this, the board has worked with elders and knowledge keepers to take actionable steps towards truth and reconciliation in our schools. Our equity work continues throughout the district, emphasizing the dignity of every human being and ensuring that everyone feels welcome and included in their school community. Additionally, the School Board organized its first-ever student-led Standing Against Racism Week. Students also collaborated on an Indigenous Cultural Experience Day that integrated history with social justice education.

Our board continues to be recognized at the provincial level across various fields. We are proud of our students who excelled in French public speaking competitions and earned first place. St. Mark High School students placed first in the Reach for the Top provincial championship, an impressive feat that also saw them finish second among all competitors in Canada. We also had the privilege of organizing a gathering of Deep Learning districts from across Canada. The conference focused on utilizing the Deep Learning framework to provide innovative education to students from Kindergarten to grade 12. As educators and Trustees, we are committed to academic excellence and empowering students to reach their full potential.

This year, several new awards were introduced by the Board. Chair Mullan acknowledged Erinn Ladouceur from CSPA and Traci Clarke from SEAC as the OCSB Outstanding Volunteer Award co-winners. Additionally, the inaugural Chair’s Award for Service Excellence was presented posthumously to John Curry. Vice-Chair Simpson awarded Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Ottawa the inaugural Vice-Chair award for community partnerships.

As a Catholic Board, we feel fortunate to have Father Gerard Monaghan, our Faith Animator, on board to assist our staff in adult faith development. He also serves as a liaison between our partnership with the Diocese, parishes, Archbishop Damphousse, and Auxiliary Bishop Yvan Mathieu. We are also fortunate to have Father Peter Sanders as our Board Chaplain.

I congratulate and thank all the staff, students, and community members for a successful school year.

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