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April 14, 2020 – Ottawa – The Ottawa Catholic School Board approved the appointment of Tom D’Amico as its incoming Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer effective August 2020.  Mr. D’Amico was appointed to the position by the Board of Trustees at the April 14, Board Meeting. He has served in the role of Associate Director of Education with the Ottawa Catholic School Board for the last five years.   

“Tom’s commitment to partnering with schools, home and parish through the lens of Deep Learning has resulted in both excellence and equity for all OCSB students. Together this partnership helped create a learning environment dedicated to integrating academic excellence, social development and faith formation.”

Mark D. Mullan, Board Chairperson

Mr. D’Amico has over 30 years of experience in education, including as a teacher, school administrator and as Superintendent of Human Resources and  Superintendent of Learning Technologies. He is an award-winning educator recognized with the Prime Minister’s Award for teaching excellence and with Canada’s Outstanding Principal award.  As a Superintendent, he received the EXL award to recognize excellence among members of the superintendency.  

Associate Director D’Amico says, I am humbled and honoured that the Board has selected me for this role. It is a privilege to be part of a Board that focuses on community, wellness, and innovation. By continuing to focus our work on these three areas, we will provide students with a faith-filled environment that offers innovative learning opportunities in safe, caring inclusive schools. I look forward to continuing to work with trustees, our executive committee, all staff, parents and students.

Mr. D’Amico will take over for retiring Director of Education, Denise Andre. Ms. Andre is retiring after an impressive 42-year career in education. In her five years as Director of Education, Director Andre helped create a decisive and shared vision focusing on collaboration, creativity and critical thinking among all of OCSB’s 83 schools, while at the same time maintaining strong relationships linked by Gospel values. 

“Tom is an advocate of inclusion and equity. He creates opportunities for students and staff to showcase their abilities. He is a consummate professional and the ideal successor to be the next OCSB Director of Education.”

– Denise Andre, Director of Education of the Ottawa Catholic School Board

On a personal level, Tom is involved with his local parish, St. John the Evangelist. He is also an off-ice official with the NHL. Tom and his wife Michelle have two daughters, Laura and Christina, both graduates of the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

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