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The 2011 Ottawa-Carleton District School Board The 2011 Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Director’s Awards Director’s Awards Director’s Awards Ceremony 3:30 to 5 p.m. May 12, 2011 Past Award Recipients 2009 Kimberly Webster Secondary Instructional Coach — eLearning Curriculum Services 2010 Richard Grignon Head of Social Sciences, Business, and Library John McCrae Secondary School Past Award Recipients Message from the Director 2010 2003 Lorraine Carrière Suzanne Denney The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is Mentoring Teacher Teacher Steve MacLean Public School John Young Elementary School an engaged, energetic, and exciting organiza- tion administered by an immeasurably gifted Past Recipients of 2004 and caring staff. The annual Director’s Awards the Ronald K. Lynch Tim Hawes are an opportunity to show appreciation to Memorial Award Secondary Consultant Business and Learning Technologies those people who consistently go out of their 2008 way to make sure that our students are reach- Joanne Dupuy 2005 ing their full potential. Learning Support Teacher David Fobert Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School Teacher West Carleton Secondary School In reviewing the nominations for the Director’s Citation Award, the Innovation 2009 Award, the Mentoring Award, the Ronald K. Lynch Memorial Award, and the Jenny Thibeault Jamie Leduc Technology Excellence Award, it is evident that we have a first-rate team Educational Assistant Teacher that is building a world class educational system. We are genuinely privi- Centennial Public School Hillcrest High School leged to have such an outstanding staff. 2010 2006 Eleanor Mullins Tricia Leduc Commemorating exceptional contributions by our staff is only one of the Educational Assistant Civics, Geography, History Teacher many ways we show students, parents, staff, and communities that public Hawthorne Public School Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School education is built upon partnerships of distinction. Together we are creating Past Recipients exemplary learning environments for our children and adult learners. of the Technology 2007 Excellence Award Cameron Baird Congratulations to all of the award recipients. These awards you receive Teacher and Departmemt Head today are a tribute to the work you do and it is my honour to present them 2002 Colonel By Secondary School Micheline Grondin to you. Teacher 2008 Fisher Park Public School Jane Smith and Nathan Toft Grade 5 Teachers A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School Barrie Hammond Director of Education and Secretary of the Board 2011 Director’s Awards Past Award Recipients 2007 2003 Marisa Adamo Judi Marshall Director’s Citation Award Ronald K. Lynch Admissions Enrolment Supervisor Human Resources Officer Memorial Award Admissions and Enrolment Staff Development The Director’s Citation Award recognizes and outstanding and significant staff contribu- The Ronald K. Lynch Memorial Award Serge Poirier 2004 tions to the District and its students, over recognizes a staff member who has made Programmer Analyst Pauline McKenna an extended period of time, showing a level a sustained commitment to the success of Business and Learning Technologies Chair of the Mentoring Committee of imagination, enthusiasm, and profes- students with special education needs or and Teacher sionalism that constitutes a worthy model who has made a specific contribution of German Velasquez Cedarview Middle School for others. outstanding merit to the delivery of special System Analyst education services. Business and Learning Technologies 2005 The Award was initiated by former Director Mary Dunne of Education Stanley J. Berry, in 1985, as a The Award is in memory of Ronald K. Lynch, Jennifer Baldelli Teacher means of celebrating outstanding profes- a long-time educator, who passed away on Human Resources Officer (Secondary) Hawthorne Public School sional contributions of staff and has been January 4, 2008. Ron was a champion of Human Resources continued by all directors since that time. It students with special needs throughout his 2006 was, and is, intended to be a recognition of 43-year career in public education. 2008 Jacquie Breedyk staff, by their colleagues, honouring those Jennifer Tremblay Grade 3 Teacher who are in the midst of their careers. Technology Student Success Teacher Manotick Public School Excellence Award Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School Innovation Award 2007 The Technology Excellence Award recog- 2009 Yannick Gagnon The Innovation Award recognizes notewor- nizes the outstanding commitment of a staff Bob Martin Grade 7–8 Teacher thy contribution of a staff member to the member to the planning and implementa- Head of Library, Computers, Late French Immersion Program development of innovative concepts, sug- tion of a technology initiative which benefits History, and Social Science Broadview Public School gestions, actions, or process improvements student learning. Cairine Wilson Secondary School that result in immediate and significant 2008 ongoing benefit to the District. Past Recipients of the Elva Mitchell Mentoring Award Mentoring Award Grade 2 EFI Teacher Stittsville Public School 2002 The Mentoring Award recognizes outstand- Katharine Saunders 2009 ing contribution and support from a District Superintendent Penny Damianakos staff member to the Mentoring Program Core French Teacher which has resulted in having a significant Roland Michener Public School impact in the development of a beginning employee. Past Award Recipients 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipients Julie Davidson Sandra Walton Office Administrator OYAP and Co-op Instructional Coach Pat Clark Silvie Rhéaume Steve MacLean Public School Curriculum Services Office Administrator Grade 1 EFI Teacher Merivale High School Devonshire Community Public School Ron Duprey Past Recipients of the Cooperative Education Teacher Innovation Award Marg Graff Sandra R. Stewart Ridgemont High School Intermediate Teacher Principal 2004 Huntley Centennial Public School Avalon Public School Marisa Germano Jim Bilodeau Admissions–Enrolment Supervisor Assistant Supervisor Sharlene Hunter Dr. Karen Tsuk Admissions and Enrolment Maintenance Services Communications Coordinator Psychologist Communications and Information Services Learning Support Services Wendy Habets Roger Langlois Youth Worker Account Analyst Wendy Lamble Brian Wade Behaviour Support Program Business and Learning Technologies Student Counsellor Educational Assistant/Youth Worker Safe Schools School Based Diversion Program Behaviour Support Program Rosemary Kitts Rideau High School/Safe Schools Safe Schools Dan Kehoe Supervisor, Customer Support Psychological Associate Business and Learning Technologies Robert LaRocque Geordie Walker Learning Support Services Chief Custodian Principal Software Development Team John Young Elementary School Rideau High School Amanda Kirk Business and Learning Technologies Department Head Tracy Bertrand Rudy Katwaroo Wayne Millett Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School Connie Clarke Melanie Montague Supervisor of Maintenance Phyllis Driscoll Serge Poirier Facilities Department Lori Lalonde Ken Drysdale German Velasquez Educational Assistant Christina Rathier Cedarview Middle School 2005 Senior Kindergarten Teacher John Grochot Greely Elementary School Yves Seguin Transportation Coordinator Chief Custodian Transportation Kristin Riddell Featherston Drive Public School Head of English and Library Scott Hooper Earl of March Secondary School Maureen Strittmatter Analyst Assistant Senior Coordinator Business and Learning Techologies Board Services 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Past Recipients of the Director’s Citation Award Lorraine Smith Rosemary Kitts Office Administrator Supervisor, End User Services Pat Clark Leslie Park Public School Business and Learning Technologies Office Administrator Merivale High School 2009 Ann McCrimmon Steven Acres Administrative Assistant Pat Clark is a warm, committed, caring leader who de- Chief Custodian School Operations mands the very best of herself and supports students, Munster Elementary School teachers, and administrators. She has been an office Karyn Carty Ostafichuk assistant and office administrator at Merivale High Gerald Breton Manager of Planning School since 1992. Chief Custodian Planning and Transportation, Queen Elizabeth Public School Community Use of Schools, Admissions Pat worked with former principal Gail Lyon to coordinate the arrival of approximately four hundred former J.S. Woodsworth students for the first school day in 2005. She was in- Pamela Chase Geoffrey Raymond strumental in ensuring the amalgamation of the students with Merivale students was done Assistant Office Administrator Chief Custodian in an orderly, considerate, and caring manner. Former principal Gail Lyon says, “Pat was Merivale High School Bayview Public School my administrative partner for five and a half years. She is without a doubt the finest office administrator I have had the pleasure of working with. She is the consummate professional. Kim Dagenais Blanche Stanzell She is truly exemplary in all that she does.” Educational Assistant Office Administrator General Vanier Public School Cairine Wilson Secondary School In September 2009, with the opening of Longfields–Davidson Heights Secondary School, Merivale High School began a four-year enrolment decline. This change presented staffing Catherine Ferguson 2010 challenges affecting the office administrative team. Pat showed her ability to adapt and or- Library Technician Murray Allice ganize to meet demands within these diminished staffing levels. Principal Patrick McCarthy Orleans Wood Elementary School Cooperative Education Teacher comments that, “Pat is able to bring structure, calm, and order to any situation. No matter Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary how many challenges or conflicting demands are presented, she is able to see solutions Joan Fulcher Alternate Program and organize a response. She is the most committed and organized administrator and Coordinator of Communications leader I have had the pleasure to work with. Improving the performance of those around her Communications and Information Services Carole Brunet is one of her greatest assets and the true mark of a leader.” Core French and EFI Teacher Larry Gauthier Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre Pat is an exceptional problem solver and is able to rely on her considerable talents to meet Social Worker and Parkwood Hills Public School the many challenges of coordinating school operations. She is resourceful, responsive, and Learning Support Services looks at challenges from every possible standpoint. She never makes a decision or imple- Sylvie Chilibeck ments change without considering the potential impact on others. Lisa Gowans Grade 1 EFI Teacher Planning and Statistical Analyst Trillium Elementary School Pat is most deserving of this Award. Planning Division Past Recipients of the Director’s Citation Award 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Peter Larocque Brenda Droeske Chief Custodian Assistant Accounting Administrator Mary Honeywell Elementary School Finance Department Marg Graff Intermediate Teacher Ernie MacKenzie Francine D’Souza Huntley Centennial Public School Department Head French Teacher Cooperative Education and Technology Katimavik Elementary School Marg Graff is an innovative, visionary teacher whose Ottawa Technical Learning Centre passion has resonated throughout each and every Donna-Lynn Fulford school community that has had the good fortune to Marina Mahoney Construction Technology Teacher work with her. Ground-breaking work in the Arts that Guidance Office Assistant/ West Carleton Secondary School she was implementing in her classrooms over a decade Guidance Technician ago, including integrated art, are just now becoming John McCrae Secondary School Jane Gorman the norm. Her impact is far-reaching. Her many program development and implementa- Supervisor, Community Use of Schools tion initiatives and her numerous projects within schools in the OCDSB have always met a Sandra Meilleur Planning Division standard of the highest excellence. Coordinator of Purchasing, Logistics, and Central Services Susan Lee Marg accepted a teaching assignment at Huntley Centennial Public School in 2003. She Purchasing Division Assistant Office Administrator took on the leadership of the school choirs and put on yearly musicals that involved large John McCrae Secondary School casts and adapted scripts. She was the lead teacher of the Art Committee and believed in Sean Moran exposing students to a wide range of artistic presentations and speakers. Educational Assistant Michael J. Martin Rockcliffe Park Public School Chief Custodian In 2008–2009, the new Arts curriculum’s focus on integration gave Marg the incentive to Dunlop Public School redesign the delivery model for the Intermediate Arts Program. The staff and school council Jennifer Perry agreed to move away from an Instrumental Band Program and replace it with an Integrated Secondary Consultant Karen McMorine Arts Curriculum. This model provided balance between the arts strands. It fostered integra- Curriculum Services Learning Support Consultant tion where disciplines are intertwined to co-exist within multi-disciplinary projects. In Febru- Learning Support Services ary 2010, Marg took on the responsibility of overseeing a Coffee House which represented 2008 a celebration of an integrated unit of study covering expectations in Science, Mathematics, Steve ‘Cheffie’ Brannen Tim Muldoon Literacy (including media literacy), Social Justice/Character Education, Dance, Music, and Chef/Food Service Coordinator Chief Custodian included Vocals and Visual Arts. It was extremely successful. Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School Manor Park Public School Marg’s knowledge, skill, and drive for the Arts energizes everyone. The focus on teamwork Mary Byers Irving Osterer and community that Marg builds into her classes and extra-curricular groups is central to Educational Assistant Cooperative Education/Head of Fine Arts, her efforts. She believes in the creative potential of each and every student she teaches. Vincent Massey Public School Library, and Communications Technology Marg is one teacher who makes a scene like no other and she is a deserving candidate for Merivale High School the Director’s Citation Award. 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Past Recipients of the Director’s Citation Award Brock Currie Kevin Poulsen Chief Custodian Chief Custodian Sharlene Hunter Hillcrest High School Elgin Street Public School Communications Coordinator Communications and Information Services Blyth Helman Len Rebertz Transportation Coordinator Chief Custodian Sharlene Hunter is a worthy recipient of the Director’s Transportation Roch Carrier Elementary School Citation Award. She is a true communications profes- sional, knowledgeable and efficient with excellent Richard Larabie 2007 organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. Chief Custodian Shirley Bennett She supports trustees, senior staff, schools, parents, Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Program Grade 7 Teacher students, and the community at large. Henry Munro Middle School Liz Malinski Sharlene is the go-to person who consistently stays on top of all major initiatives and issues Learning Support Teacher Marie Bulgin facing the OCDSB. She provides excellent communication counsel to Board members and Carson Grove Elementary School Executive Assistant staff on many complex issues. She provides communication support during times of crisis. Director’s Office She guides people through these experiences with care and compassion, offering solid Susan MacDonald advice. She is quick-thinking, extremely flexible, able to function under chaotic situations, Principal Estelle Butler and deals with a wide range of people with tact and diplomacy. Orleans Wood Elementary School Planner Planning Department Over the years Sharlene has been instrumental in supporting the media relations portfo- Janet Marr lio and enhancing the image and reputation of the Board. She has worked to proactively Learning Support Teacher/ Eric Desjardins cultivate working relationships with the media. She delivers information about the District’s Acting Vice-principal Chief Custodian goals and priorities in a clear, consistent, and accurate voice. Sharlene is often called Blossom Park Public School Confederation High School upon to minimize damage to the District from negative media reports. She is a wealth of corporate knowledge and brings a thoughtful perspective to the many complex situations Michael McLellan Terri Dupuis and often personnel issues. Principal Office Administrator Roch Carrier Elementary School Dunlop Public School Sharlene maintains ongoing communication with reporters known to cover Board meetings to encourage attendance for strategic announcements, and to gain awareness of potential Dodie Potechin Dr. Bob Flewelling interests that could result in news stories. She ensures Board members and senior staff are Library Technician Manager of Field Services aware of any anticipated news stories involving the District. She cultivates positive news Centennial Public School Special Education Department coverage by presenting story ideas to individual members of the media for stories and fea- tures that encourage earned publicity and enhance goodwill. Sharlene is a valued coworker Cheryl Potvin Helen Jarvis because of her friendly and positive attitude. She is a cheerful presence in the office which Grade 5 Teacher Principal is a valuable trait in a high-stress, high-pressure environment with tight deadlines and Roch Carrier Elementary School Clifford Bowey Public School spontaneous developments. Past Recipients of the Director’s Citation Award 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Jane Crosier Joan Oracheski Library Technician Coordinator Gloucester High School Quality Assurance Wendy Lamble Student Counsellor Sandi Davidson Philippe Pilon School Based Diversion Program Educational Assistant Teacher Rideau High School/Safe Schools Orleans Wood Elementary School Castlefrank Elementary School It is Wendy Lamble’s job to support youth who have or Patricia Day Nancy Roberts are likely to become involved with the criminal justice Teacher Teacher system. Following an incident, students are referred Elgin Street Public School Orleans Wood Elementary School to her for counselling, programming, and to help them restore any harm they may have done. She is Heather Eberts Marylou Rose an exceptional diversion counsellor who brings a vast array of skills including restorative Teacher/Guidance Counsellor Office Administrator practices and cultural proficiency and she is always seeking better and more effective ways Canterbury High School Bell High School to support her students. Ellen Goodman Glenn Sowa Wendy demonstrates effective leadership at both the school and system levels. She works Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired Chief Custodian diligently to develop lasting relationships with her diversion students, their families, and Special Education/Student Services Carson Grove Elementary School supports within the school community. These relationships are based on trust and mutual respect. She has been the lead at Rideau High School in implementing Cross Cultural Con- David Hamilton Valerie van Dalen flict Resolution and Restorative Practices training for students in partnership with YOUCan Senior Financial Analyst Office Assistant and has visited schools in other districts to learn and incorporate best practices. She is the Finance Frederick Banting Secondary staff lead for several student initiatives including Live it Up (City of Ottawa), Me to We, In Alternate Program Love and In Danger, and Rideau’s Diversity Club. Wendy is the school’s Equity representa- Lynda Johnson tive and helped organize the Harmony Bridges Conference and Rideau’s participation in it Office Administrator 2006 for several years. Carson Grove Elementary School Arthur Albert Chief Custodian Wendy has been responsible for the development and implementation of the Focus on David Mockett Vincent Massey Public School Youth Program within the OCDSB. Now in its fourth year, it creates summer employment Crew Chief, Plumbing and Heating opportunities for over 180 at-risk students providing them with valued work experience, Facilities Donna Lynn Bouchey employability skills, income, and increased confidence. Coordinator Anne Murphy Special Education/Student Services Wendy has positively impacted not only every student in the Rideau High School community Secretary through the support she has offered and the opportunities she has facilitated, but also hun- Frederick Banting Secondary Marian Coldwell dreds of students from throughout the District thanks to her leadership with the Diversion Alternate Program Learning Support Consultant Program and Focus on Youth. Wendy seeks out and accepts responsibility for making things Special Education/Student Services better for her students that far exceeds the expectations of her job. 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Past Recipients of the Director’s Citation Award Frank Allan Rachel Lacasse Principal Teacher Robert LaRocque Glebe Collegiate Institute Manordale Public School Chief Custodian John Young Elementary School Allan Braun Murielle Laurin Itinerant Teacher/Visually Impaired Teacher Robert (Bob) LaRocque’s commitment to John Young Special Education/Student Services Castlefrank Elementary School Elementary School fosters a caring learning environ- ment. He is a valuable role model for students and Mike Carson Gayle Luth demonstrates the importance of being the best that Manager Office Administrator one can be at everything one does. Students learn from Planning and Transportation Osgoode Township High School observing him working diligently or from talking to him. He establishes positive relationships with them and Margaret Dempsey Sara Paquette has developed meaningful relationships with students with behavioural concerns, including Principal Speech Language Pathologist those in the Behaviour Intervention Program. His quiet empathy and strong willingness to Curriculum Services Special Education/Student Services help have greatly enhanced the academic and social environment at John Young. Cindy Dowdell Mike Pentillier Bob demonstrates an excellent work ethic and performs his duties with great pride and Chief Custodian Chief Custodian attention to detail. Students, parents, visiting staff, and community members comment on Briargreen Public School Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School the cleanliness of the school. He is very proactive in his approach and spends all day work- ing on the building and its grounds, constantly repairing, updating, doing touch-ups, and Brian Grice Barbara Stein scrubbing. The yard and walkways are always well shovelled and sanded during the winter, Web/Graphic Designer Teacher ensuring a safe environment. Communications and Information Services W.E. Gowling Public School Bob consistently shows industriousness, perseverance, and selflessness. One Labour Day Trudy Hallen Wayne Widenmaier weekend, he noticed red paint graffiti on a white wall above the front doors of the school. Learning Support Teacher Principal He painted several coats of paint to conceal the graffiti to ensure that the students, parents, Centennial Public School Berrigan Elementary School and staff members would arrive on the first day to a beautifully maintained, welcoming school. Bob demonstrates an outstanding working relationship with teachers, students, Thomas Hoey 2005 parents, and visitors. He demonstrates positive and friendly interactions with staff members Principal Charlotte Boroczki every day. He responds to requests immediately and often goes far beyond expectations. He Emily Carr Middle School Educational Assistant assists staff with special needs. He takes care of everyone as if they were family and treats Ridgemont High School the school as if it was his home. Bob, with his willingness to provide assistance to all, is a Wendy Johnson highly-valued member of the school. He is an exceptional custodian and is highly respected Liaison Teacher Irene Cameron by everyone. Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre Principal Connaught Public School Past Recipients of the Director’s Citation Award 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Pat Mainwaring Margarida Vietorisz Teacher and Team Leader of the Chief Custodian Education for Community Living Class Featherston Drive Public School Wayne Millett Ridgemont High School Supervisor of Maintenance 2003 Facilities Department Judy Makin Trish Brighton Psychologist and ISA Coordinator Human Resources Administrator Wayne Millett has served the Ottawa-Carleton District Special Education/Student Services Human Resources School Board for over 30 years in various positions from carpenter to building supervisor and now in his Darryl McCorkell James Cowan current position as supervisor of maintenance. He has Chief Custodian Special Education Support Teacher demonstrated, over the many years of his service to the Ridgemont High School for Pupils with Developmental Disabilities District, a dedication that is second to none. His efforts Special Education/Student Services were the driving force behind the revitalization of the Maintenance Division to ensure that it Ron Paris provided the best service possible to staff and students. Teacher Keith Jenkins Osgoode Public School Teacher Wayne consistently and tirelessly strives to enhance the production of maintenance to Carson Grove Elementary School ensure that the service given to our schools is first rate and meets the varied demands to Phil Ritchie keep our aging infrastructure in the best condition possible. In addition, he has introduced Psychologist Elizabeth Jurshevski many initiatives to ensure an increased level of service. This includes the introduction of Special Education/Student Services Head, Special Education, English as Megamations, a computerized maintenance management system for work orders, global a Second Language, and the Arts positioning system for vehicle management for our Maintenance fleet (first in any of the Todd St. Amour Brookfield High School school districts in Ontario), and dispersed operations of the Maintenance organization Chief Custodian which ensures timely and more efficient use of our resources. He was also instrumental John McCrae Secondary School Theresa Moss in improving communications for the Maintenance Division which formed the basis for the Office Assistant internal school and safe school communications plans. Wendy Santo Ridgemont High School Teacher Throughout the years, Wayne’s leadership skills have been the catalyst to ensure that the Terry Fox Elementary School Sandra O’Doherty many changes that have been introduced to the organization have been managed in a Educational Assistant professional and enthusiastic manner which has resulted in a large increase of service to Ilse Turnsen Featherston Drive Public School the schools. In addition, his budgetary control procedures have set a high standard for the Teacher and Team Leader rest of the department and for the District. Education for Community Living Class 2004 Ridgemont High School Katie Abbott Wayne is one of the unsung heroes in the OCDSB and his outstanding contribution and Office Administrator dedication to service is being recognized. He is an excellent and deserving candidate for Sandi van Gulik Terry Fox Elementary School this year’s Director’s Citation Award. Office Administrator Manordale Public School 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Past Recipients of the Director’s Citation Award Marjorie Clegg Jim Pratt Manager Chief Custodian Christina Rathier Quality Assurance Adult High School Senior Kindergarten Teacher Greely Elementary School Jocelyne Cory Bruce Richard Educational Assistant (Youth Worker) Coordinator of Financial Reporting Christina Rathier is one of many teachers implement- Woodroffe High School Finance ing the new Full Day Learning Program with a senior kindergarten class at Greely Elementary School. She Laurie Hamilton Dick Wells willingly sought this role when she completed her ten- Music Teacher Facilities Planning Officer ure as instructional coach with Curriculum Services last Gloucester High School Facilities and Physical Planning year. Piloting this new provincial initiative meant actively collaborating with her colleagues inside and outside of the school, spending extended Dianne Hanson 2002 time becoming familiar with the new Kindergarten Program document, and working with Administrative Clerk Danielle Boyer colleagues at a District level to develop a comprehensive list of kindergarten equipment. A Physical Facilities/ Teacher crucial aspect of Full Day Learning is the collaboration between the teacher and an early Design and Construction Services Rockcliffe Park Public School childhood educator (ECE); Christina has worked inclusively and transparently with her ECE partner to set the stage for this model. John LeRoy Charles D’Aoust Teacher Coordinator of Budget Services Christina brings passion and expertise to her classroom. Her learning activities are purposeful, Agincourt Road Public School Financial Systems Support and but are play- and centre-based so students experience all learning as fun. With her strong Labour Relations Costing, Finance literacy background, she embeds early reading strategies into myriads of activities, ensuring Lydea Martin students have a solid foundation in phonemic awareness, as well as reading and writing with Office Administrator Constantine Ioannou a purpose. When her students wanted to know if they were allowed to play hockey with mini- McGregor Easson Public School Continuing Education Officer sticks at school, she had them write a letter to the principal, including a picture which helped Continuing Education to decode their invented spelling (an essential developmental stage). She also engaged them Judith Matthewson in a letter-writing and poster-designing frenzy when the Gingerbread Man went missing at Teacher Barbara Johnson the school. Thankfully, he was located, and promptly eaten. Through Christina’s creativity, the Greely Elementary School Teacher kindergarten class is an integral part of the school as a whole. Sir Winston Churchill Public School Murray McClymont In her role as instructional coach, Christina contributed to the implementation of the Early Chief Custodian Robert Lanthier Literacy Observation Tool, and she served on the writing team for the Educators’ Resource Manordale Public School Head of Math, Physical Education, Guide: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting of Student Achievement. Christina is a and Athletics consummate learner, demonstrating curiosity about every aspect of teaching and student Sue Peter-Weeks Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School learning; her excitement about professional learning is contagious. Human Resources Officer Human Resources Past Recipients of the Director’s Citation Award 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient 1998 Bill Keywood Neil Yorke-Slader Purchasing Administrator Music Teacher Purchasing Silvie Rhéaume Earl of March Secondary School Grade 1 EFI Teacher Debbie Marsland Devonshire Community Public School 1999 Office Administrator Convent Glen Elementary School Silvie Rhéaume is an exemplary teacher who has Jennifer Baldelli made a profound impact upon the lives of children and Human Resources Officer Janet Millen families and the quality of her professional community. Human Resources Teacher For the past two years, she has taught at Devonshire Sawmill Creek Elementary School Community Public School, an Early French Immersion, Louise McCutcheon junior kindergarten to grade 6 school. Silvie is currently Classifier/Coder Dave Miller teaching grade 1. She works tirelessly and uses differentiated strategies based on learning Corporate Records Project Manager Data Delivery styles in order to meet student needs. 2000 Business and Learning Technologies Silvie’s knowledge of the curriculum and assessment is exceptional. She consistently goes Ekram Beshir Barrie W. Pratt above and beyond the call of duty. She has modelled instructional strategies, organized Arabic Instructor Teacher bookrooms, coordinated the purchase of materials, and introduced a variety of innova- International Languages Program Roberta Bondar Public School tion reading assessment techniques. She is a selfless educator and an exceptional team Continuing Education player. She includes her colleagues when developing units as well as literacy and learning Barbara Welke centres. She provides her colleagues with extra support on her own time and has served Jim Bilodeau Office Coordinator as a teacher–mentor to several university candidates as well as new teachers in our school Supervisor of Mechanical and John McCrae Secondary School district. Her contributions to the OCDSB’s New Teacher Induction Program are nothing short Electrical Services, Plant of exceptional. She has also served as chair of the Primary Division, grades 1 to 3. Larry Capstick 2001 Sheila Atwood Silvie consistently reaches out to parents at Devonshire. She helped to organize Literacy Membership Services Officer Administrative Assistant Nights and Math Mission Nights in order to familiarize them with the curriculum. She has Ontario Secondary School Facilities and Physical Planning also organized school-wide, multi-age Young Authors’ events which are always popular. Teachers’ Federation Leslie Bricker Silvie is a natural leader. This year she contributed greatly in the development and imple- Fran Chilton-Mackay Teacher mentation of the School Improvement Plan. She is a member of the Social Committee. She Head of Fine Arts Sawmill Creek Elementary School invited grade 6 students to her classroom to work with her students, providing leadership J.S. Woodsworth Secondary School opportunities for the older students. She is currently the administrative designate and Joseph-Edouard Calixte assumes the responsibilities of the principal when the principal is absent. Silvie is a most Diane Evraire Teacher deserving recipient of the Director’s Citation Award. Database Administrator Business and Learning Technologies Bayview Public School 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Technology Excellence Award Recipient Kristin Riddell Glenn Ellis Head of English and Library Communication Technology Teacher Earl of March Secondary School South Carleton High School Kristin Riddell is an exemplary teacher, department Glenn Ellis is a teacher at South Carleton High School. head, and tireless advocate for students. Whether orga- He has led the Technology Program at the school for nizing the Celebrating Cultures Club, the Cappies Critics a number of years. He has, often on his own initiative, Team, pioneering Aboriginal content in her lessons, created and assisted with a number of special projects working in the Student Success Program, preparing that involve students and staff, not only within his students for college and university, or exploring avenues school but also District-wide. At school, he is the year- of success for students ‘at risk,’ she works with staff to promote critical-thinking skills, book advisor, and designed the digital photography studio, as well as assisting with many problem-solving strategies, and opportunities for all students. technology implementation plans. Kristin never loses energy in her commitment to students. Her classes are a model for Some examples of this work are: an inclusive, creative, and engaging environment. She devotes her time to working with • World of Work — a group of South Carleton students provided hands-on activities and students to develop key literacy skills; she liaises with parents and trains staff to improve demonstrations in video and digital photography (November 2010) literacy. She was a lead member of the School Improvement Plan and worked closely with • OCDSB Skills Showcase — a group of South Carleton students provided hands-on stakeholders to meet the needs of students as 21st century learners. Kristin has been the activities in 3D and Digital Photography (April 2010) Chair of the English Professional Development Day for the last six years. She has been a • Glenn’s students created images that are on the cover of the OCDSB’s 2009–2010 key facilitator in a number of cross-curricular and cross-school initiatives. She took the lead Director’s Annual Report as well as inside in piloting the Family of Schools Literacy initiative together with four secondary schools this year. In these forums, Kristin’s professionalism and contributions were held in high regard. Glenn is a member/workshop presenter at the OCDSB Technology Council, a member of the organizing committee for the OSSTF PA Day held at South Carleton High School (February Kristin has spoken to the student body at the Faculty of Education at the University of 2011). He was the lead teacher for the Technology Benchmarks Review (2010); he was a Ottawa and has been a student teacher advisor several times. Her passion, enthusiasm, presenter at OCTE for Adobe Lightroom 3 and Yearbook integration (May 2010); and, he and genuine love of teaching, shine through her presentations. At the school level, she created and currently teaches workshops in Digital Photography and Photoshop Elements 8 provides a very supportive network for student teachers and new teachers by organizing for his fellow staff. and facilitating weekly workshops. Glenn’s work with students has resulted in positive results. David Jackson is a student who Kristin models professionalism. She values working with and learning from her colleagues. Glenn had the pleasure of teaching over the past couple of years. David represented our It is, however, her work with students that sets her apart. Her commitment and demon- District at Skill Canada this year and took Gold for his Digital Photography and Photoshop strated passion for student learning, and her kind and caring nature are why she is held to skills. David also took first in Technology with the highest overall score. This is the first time such a high standard — she is truly an exceptional educator. that the OCDSB has won both these awards. Glenn has shown a high level of imagination and enthusiasm in his projects with students and is a worthy model for others. Ronald K. Lynch Memorial Award Recipient 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Cindy Alce Sandra R. Stewart Principal Principal Carson Grove Elementary School Avalon Public School Cindy Alce is an outstanding educator and leader Sandra (Sandy) Stewart started her teaching career in who consistently exudes a true passion for special 1977 at Broadview Avenue Public School as a teacher education. She is a strong advocate for all students of the grade 5 gifted class. After a leave of absence she with special education needs. She has an enormous returned to Hilson Avenue Public School where she had personality, uncompromising enthusiasm, and a heart varied and stimulating assignments spanning JK, SK, of gold. In her current role as principal of Carson Grove and grades 4 and 5 over a 10-year period. In 1998 she Elementary School, Cindy can be found counselling and supporting special needs students was appointed vice-principal at Terry Fox Elementary School. One year later Sandy became on a daily basis. She takes the time and effort to provide the best possible environment for principal at Carson Grove Elementary School. From 2003–2008 she served as an assessor all students and ensures their needs are being met. of new principal candidates at the Principal Assessment Centre. During these same four years, she was named principal of W.O. Mitchell Elementary School. Cindy takes a preventative and proactive approach with special needs children. For the past four years, she has allocated resources to training children with special needs on assistive Sandy’s door is always open to anyone and she treats staff with a humanistic approach. technology in order to ensure they can access the curriculum. She advocated for the needs Staff feel that she honestly cares about their personal problems and concerns. Her sense of students and acquired funds to set up a separate assistive technology lab with SEA of humour and cheerful attitude always make it a joy to come to school. She empowers all software at the school. This has made a dramatic improvement in the ability for students to her teachers, regardless of division, to help create a rich school improvement plan, wherein meet with success and achieve their full potential. everybody’s opinion is honoured. Cindy consistently works collaboratively with her staff and parents to ensure that ex- Sandy was appointed principal of the new Avalon School where she had the responsibility of ceptional students are successful. This includes developing transition plans in order for staffing and opening the school in September 2008. She continues to have an unwavering students to integrate and acclimate to their new school environment. She looks for ways in commitment towards improving the achievement of each and every student in her school. which she can make changes in and around the entire school to maximize staff, resources, She does this in an almost seamless fashion by building relationships with staff, parents, and learning opportunities in order for all children to reach their full potential, no matter community members, and the students in her care. Avalon is thought of very positively in their socio-economic background, culture, or first language. Cindy ensures all students love the community, and this is due, in part, to the excellent rapport Sandy has established with school and learning. everyone who walks through the doors. Over the course of her employment with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and in Her love of teaching has seen her take her teaching talents more than 3,000 kilometres her roles as a teacher, learning support consultant, vice-principal, and principal (including from here. She was a driving force of the School for All in Dadaab, Kenya for two sum- principal of Learning Support Services), Cindy has made countless outstanding and signifi- mers. Her mission coupled with other volunteer educators, has seen her provide training for cant contributions to ensure the success of students with special education needs across teachers in the refugee camp. the District. Her dedication to special education students has been truly amazing. 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Mentoring Award Recipient Karen Tsuk Stephen McCormick Psychologist Teacher and Acting Head for English Learning Support Services Rideau High School Psychologist Dr. Karen Tsuk has made an outstanding Stephen McCormick conducts himself with honesty, contribution to the lives of children, families, and staff at integrity, and professionalism. He is always accessible, W.E. Gowling Public School during the past four years. willing, and able to take time to discuss any number She is an enthusiastic professional with a tireless work of items and answer questions. He goes the extra mile ethic and demonstrates skills and professionalism that to include all staff in various in-school activities, both are of the very highest caliber. academic and extra-curricular. For example, as the lead teacher for the upcoming Literacy Test, he is conducting study sessions for groups of Karen is an invaluable asset to the school. She has had a far-reaching impact on students students. In an effort to be as effective and thorough as possible, he encourages teachers, in need. She deals with the most vulnerable students. She has demonstrated flexibility in including new ones, to take part in this endeavour to help the students. prioritization of cases which has resulted in students in critical need being able to access support services. She consistently goes above and beyond by making the most of her con- As a true leader at Rideau High School, Stephen takes time to hear multiple perspectives tacts and connections both in the District and the broader support structure of the mental from teachers and staff pertaining to any topic or issue. He helps fellow staff members by health field. having helpful discussions pertaining to professional development, successes and chal- lenges with students, programming, and personal growth. His insight is invaluable to the Karen works tirelessly. Last year, she was able to produce 10 psychological reports, many entire school community. Stephen has been invaluable to the new administration team at of them resulting in successful system class applications. The reports Karen produces are Rideau this year. When consulted in meetings and individually, he provides objective, timely detailed and filled with practical approaches for teachers to immediately put in use. insights which are centered on student success. He approaches all situations competently and empathetically with a view of making things better for student learning and the overall One of Karen’s greatest strengths is her skill at dealing with people. She always takes Rideau learning environment. time to let those around her know they are valued. She has a gift for listening and talking with everyone. She puts people at ease and can discuss difficult issues so that all parties Perhaps Stephen’s most important attributes are his understanding of humanity and his understand and develop a level of acceptance. Her gift for interpersonal skills ensures the ability to make people feel valued and heard. He always takes time to ask people how they development of trust on the part of families, students, and educational professionals. are doing and to make them feel welcome to the school and community in general. Com- munity of Character posters are on display around Rideau High School. Stephen consis- Like all school psychologists, Karen is one of the most important members of the school tently and naturally utilizes and displays all 10 characteristics when interacting with people. team. She carries a large workload and the knowledge that there is never enough time to complete all of the assessments that are needed. The positive effects that Stephen has go well beyond those of a new teacher. He is a pillar at Rideau High School, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, and in the community we Because of the truly amazing work and support that she does for the students, staff, and teach. Stephen is profoundly deserving of this Mentoring Award. families at W.E. Gowling, Karen is worthy of recognition through the Director’s Citation Award. Innovation Award Recipient 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient Peter Wright Brian Wade Manager of Facilities Educational Assistant/Youth Worker Facilities Department Behaviour Support Program, Safe Schools Manager of Facilities Peter Wright is constantly chal- Brian Wade is an exemplary educational assistant/ lenging his team to find ways to ensure that we can youth worker who has made a profound impact upon provide the safest, healthiest schools possible. At the the lives of children, youth, and their families. He dem- same time he helped to lead our efforts to spread the onstrates care and respect for his students by coaching message of energy conservation and more sustainable and supporting them to develop skills to solve social, schools. emotional and behavioural challenges, and conflicts. He enables children and youth to maintain their dignity and counsels from a bias-free, In the summer of 2009, Peter and his team began to look at ways to take advantage of the multicultural perspective. He values fairness and justice. government’s green energy plans. In spite of initial skepticism about engineering issues, and whether the finances were just too good to be true, Peter and his team continued to Brian has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the OCDSB work on this project. In conjunction with other school districts, a Request for Proposal docu- School-wide Behaviour Management Planning Program, which provides administrators ment was issued. Based on the information received, a plan was developed to allow the and teaching and support staff the opportunity to review and develop school-wide routines, OCDSB to sell solar-generated electricity back to the grid through the MicroFIT Program. procedures, practices, and strategies in relation to discipline and behaviour management. With 13 sites up and running we have a combined generating capacity of 130 kw or the equivalent needed to operate six homes. These sites will generate approximately $150,000 In conjunction with an OCDSB committee, Brian has written a Behaviour Management in revenue per year for the District as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 91 Training Program/Resource. This program was designed specifically to enhance classroom tonnes. management skills and strategies, confidence, and understanding for educational assis- tants in dealing with students with behavioural disorders. The resource was so successful In addition, we are proceeding with the installation of much larger solar projects on the that other school districts have requested it as a primary resource for training educators. roofs of 69 schools. By partnering with other firms, this will provide additional revenue at no Brian also co-authored a Ministry and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation- extra cost to the OCDSB. The clean energy generated has the potential to reduce emissions funded resource, entitled Effective Practices in Classroom Management, currently being by 4,735 tonnes per year. To make this kind of project a reality requires strong planning offered throughout the province (OSSTF 2009). He is a member of the writing team that and project management skills; however, more than anything, it was Peter’s willingness to rewrote the OCDSB document, Promoting Positive Student Behaviour. He is currently a champion this process that has made the difference. The OCDSB will earn much needed part-time faculty member at Algonquin College with the Child and Youth Worker Program. revenue which will help to support our students, while making a substantial contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases. During a School Wide Behaviour Intervention at Queen Mary Street Public School, Brian greatly impacted the lives of hundreds of students and their families. He shares his in-depth Peter’s leadership, and the effort of his team, has helped to make the OCDSB one of the knowledge of children and youth with school psychologists, social workers, administrators, leaders in the education sector in renewable energy. teachers, support staff, and other professionals. He consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide students with the intervention and support required for personal and school success. Brian is a deserving candidate for the Director’s Citation Award. 2011 Director’s Citation Award Recipient 2011 Director’s Award Recipients Geordie Walker Innovation Award Ronald K. Lynch Principal Recipient for 2011 Memorial Award Rideau High School Recipient for 2011 Peter Wright Three years ago, Geordie Walker was appointed Manager of Facilities Cindy Alce principal of Safe Schools, a new position created that Facilities Department Principal year. He took on this role with enthusiasm, motivation, Carson Grove Elementary School and a great deal of energy. He created the program at Confederation Education Centre for students who Mentoring Award Technology Excellence were on suspension. This program not only made sure Recipient for 2011 Award Recipient students were receiving their academic instruction, but also ensured they received the help for 2011 they needed to get back into their schools and be successful. Geordie’s personality and his Stephen McCormick incredibly positive outlook and faith in students inspired many to make positive changes in Teacher and Acting Head for English Glenn Ellis their lives. Rideau High School Communications Technology Teacher South Carleton High School In the second year, Geordie created an opportunity within the program where administra- tors sent students before they were suspended or expelled in order that he and his staff could work with them to help change the course they were on and to help them return to their school and be more successful. It was as principal of Safe Schools that Geordie truly demonstrated his advocacy for students and his belief that all students can learn and that all students can be successful. Geordie’s latest challenge is his recent move from the elementary to the secondary panel as he is now the principal of Rideau High School. He has made solid connections with the students, developed a sense of mutual respect, and has given them a sense of belonging. He has reached out to the parents and the community and will continue to do so to make sure that they feel listened to, involved in the school, and important to the success of the students. As principal at Goulbourn Middle School, at Safe Schools, and now at Rideau High School, Geordie has faced many difficult and challenging situations. He always approaches them with the confidence that there is a solution out there somewhere. These situations often require creative solutions and imaginative thinking. He is always open to suggestions and appreciates the creative ideas of others.
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