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Zone 9 Trustee appointed – Regan Preszcator

Due to the unfortunate passing of Trustee Kathy Ablett, R.N. on May 12, 2018, the OCSB sought applications from individuals qualified to serve as a Board Trustee. According to the Education Act of Ontario, the Board has 90 days to appoint a new Trustee once a position has become vacant.

The Board of Trustees appointed Regan Preszcator as the Trustee for Zone 9 (River/Capital) from June 18, 2018 to November 30, 2018. Justice of the Peace, Paulina Brecher officiated at the swearing-in ceremony. Trustee Prezcator has worked for an MP, now works in the Senate of Canada in communications, and is bilingual. Ms. Preszcator is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Zone 9 (River/Capital). View the news release NR 18.07.

Regan PreszcatorView application

Trustees are members of the school board. They provide an important link between local communities and the school board, brining the issues and concerns of their constituents to Board discussions and decision making. “We look forward to Trustee Preszcator’s contributions as we go forward in our mission of Catholic education. We welcome her to our Board,” said Chairperson Elaine McMahon.


Process for candidate presentations

There were seven qualified candidates interviewed by the Board to complete the 2014-2018 term. The OCSB verified qualifications of the applicants and notified eligible candidates of their interview time. Interviews were held on the evening of Monday, June 18, 2018. Candidates presented to the Board of Trustees at a Closed Meeting on Monday, June 18, 2018. Candidates were given five (5) minutes to make a presentation to the Board of Trustees.

At the conclusion of the presentations on June 18, 2018, the Board of Trustees rose and reported to the Special Board Meeting which is open to the public. Trustees voted by secret ballot. The candidate receiving the majority of votes was confirmed and announced. The successful candidate was sworn in and officially assumed their duties at the Special Board Meeting on June 18, 2018. View the meeting agenda.


Eligibility qualifications

In order to be eligible, candidates must be:

  • a resident in the Board’s area of jurisdiction
  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a Roman Catholic
  • qualified to vote for members of the Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding the office of Trustee


A person is not qualified to act as Board Trustee if the person is:

  • an employee of a district school board or other school authority
  • a member of the council of a municipality or an upper-tier municipality, all or part of which is included in the area of jurisdiction of the district school board
  • an elected member of a local board, as defined in the Municipal Affairs Act, of a municipality or an upper-tier municipality, all or part of which is included in the area of jurisdiction of the district school board

Photo caption (from left to right): Paulina Brecher, Justice of the Peace; Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education; Trustee Regan Preszcator; and Elaine McMahon, OCSB Chairperson.

Map and listing of schools in Zone 9

Image of Zone 9 geographical mapCorpus Christi School
Holy Cross School
Holy Family School
Immaculata High
St. Augustine School
St. Elizabeth School
St. Pius X High


Covering an area of approximately 2,900 square kilometres, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is an all encompassing urban, suburban and rural board located in Eastern Ontario. With a full-time equivalent teaching and non-teaching staff of over 4,600, we operate 85 schools (68 elementary, 2 intermediate, and 15 high schools) as well as one adult high school and four adult education centres. We are nationally recognized for our commitment to innovation, collaboration, and creativity. We provide a distinctive education with a special emphasis on student success and spiritual growth to approximately 41,500 full-time students.


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