Our Commitments & Spiritual Theme

The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Strategic Commitments and Spiritual Theme act as a foundation for how we live out our vision and mission.

Strategic Commitments and Plans

Be Community, Be Well and Be Innovative are our three commitments that celebrate our corporate priorities as a school board until 2025.

Be Community

Embracing diversity and inclusion while promoting equity, we are guided by faith-based Catholic social teachings and learning partnerships that create safe and welcoming places for all.

Be Well

Honouring the dignity of every person, we care for and support the well-being of all.

Be Innovative

We foster innovation to create Deep Learning so that all can realize their potential.

Our Strategic Plan provides a vision for the Board by establishing strategic direction, emphasizing equity and well-being. Operational plans, such as the Board Improvement and Equity Plan, flow out of the Strategic Plan. These documents outline our priorities and goals for performance measures, evidence gathering methods and targets for improvement.

School boards must post their Student Achievement Plans showing the Board’s progress toward the Ontario Ministry of Education priorities.  The OCSB Student Achievement Plan (SAP) can be found online for easy access.

Spiritual Theme at the OCSB

In the Ottawa Catholic School Board community, a spiritual theme unites all members of the community as a people of faith. These themes encourage us all to go deeper in applying the messages of God’s Word to our lives.

“Gratitude Rooted in Joy, Fills Us With Hope”

James 1: 2-3 (NRSV)

“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

“La Gratitude, Enracinée dans la Joie, Nous Remplit D’espoir”

Jacques 1: 2-3 (NFC)

“Mes frères et sœurs, considérez-vous comme très heureux quand vous avez à passer par toutes sortes d’épreuves; car, vous le savez, si votre foi résiste à l’épreuve, celle-ci produit la persévérance.”


As a Catholic Community of Faith, gratitude stems from acknowledging that all the goodness in our lives, all of our talents and abilities are gifts from God. Gratitude actually changes the chemical makeup of our brain and helps us to see our blessings rather than our deprivations. Thus it improve our Mental Health which is so important right now.


Joy is a condition of the heart – a spiritual peace and contentment that only comes from God, knowing that Jesus accompanies us and is always with us even during times of sadness or suffering.


Everyone has the seeds of enduring hope in their hearts. This is rooted in God’s love for us. Hope has the power to transform our lives and the lives of those around us. Hope in God does not disappoint!

A quote from Pope Francis

“The gratitude that comes from encountering Christ’s love and mercy is enough to bring joy and hope to a troubled world. If we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself will become better, even if only a little bit, but that is enough to transmit a bit of hope. The world is in need of hope, and with gratitude — with this attitude of thanksgiving — we can transmit a bit of hope.”