Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”


As representatives of the student population, our students actively support a variety of school initiatives. Primary students work with younger students and participate in activities which celebrate their successes within the classroom and in the school. Junior pision students act as reading buddies, lunch time monitors, Amigos and bus buddies. They have regular opportunities to participate in intramural sports events and attend Board meets. On a regular basis, we acknowledge our students’ contributions in the classroom, on school announcements, in newsletters, at regular awards assemblies, in our Principal’s report to school council and at year-end awards ceremonies.


Our team cares deeply about our students. Our office staff, educational assistants, custodians, ECEs, teachers and our professional partners (social worker, psychologist,

speech and language therapists, itinerant teachers) all dedicate their efforts to ensure that our students’ social, emotional and educational needs are met.

Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications including Child and Youth Worker Diplomas, Early Childhood Education, Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts, Education, Fine Arts, Linguistics and Applied Languages, Physical Education, Psychology, and Sciences, as well as additional qualifications in Special Education, Primary Education, French as a Second Language, English as a Second Language, Kindergarten, Reading, Music, Visual Arts, Guidance, and Computers in Education. They have actively participated in numerous Board-wide and in-school professional development activities in literacy and numeracy, and we recognize their initiative by providing and supporting opportunities for further professional growth. They take empty classrooms and create wonderful learning spaces, work together to plan all of the procedures for students (entry, exit, fire drills, safety procedures, etc.) and collaborate to ensure that students receive rich learning experiences. Most important, they always demonstrate integrity, a great sense of fun, and commitment to make sure that all students, not just those in their classes, achieve success and feel valued.

The children in the school, in our community and in other countries have greatly benefited from the strong leadership provided by staff members. Staff members have built outdoor rinks, promoted physical fitness, organized numerous clubs, supported the arts, piloted programs and raised money for various charities including the United Way, UNICEF, The Terry Fox Run, Jump Rope for Heart and FAMSAC and the Ottawa Education Foundation.

Mentoring also plays a large role in our staff culture. Teachers, Early Childhood Educators and Educational Assistants readily volunteer to work as peer mentors, and we regularly welcome a significant number of student teachers, students from child and youth programs and coop students to our school. Staff leadership is also recognized informally, through our personal interactions, as well as through letters of appreciation, school announcements, newsletters, assemblies, performance appraisals and our Principal's report to school council. Staff have also reached out and supported the community in a variety of ways, including leading multi-generational choirs, bringing students to read and visit with or singing with seniors in local residences.

Staff Leadership is recognized in school newsletters, the school blog, principal reports to School Council, individual notes of thanks, recognition in our weekly memo, on the announcements and through Principal nominations for particular awards.


Volunteers are the backbone of our school. Our School Council members, all volunteers, work hard to counsel the principal and to raise money and plan special events for the students. Our Council meets once a month (on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the library). They hold a special Family Dance around Halloween annually, as well as an end of year BBQ and fund evening. They also support both milk and pizza programs at the school, which feeds our students and raises important funds. The council works all year on fundraising activities to support school initiatives and needs.

We have many parents, grandparents, community volunteers, retired teachers and volunteers through Ottawa Volunteers in Education (OVIE) who support the school in a variety of ways. They may help in the classroom, on field trips, for special events, in the library or support in other ways the classroom teachers. As invaluable partners, we thank our parents, guardians and volunteers on an on-going basis, and look for opportunities to acknowledge their efforts through school announcements, our Principal's report to School Council, school blog and our annual volunteer appreciation event.


Tim Horton Children’s Foundation has provided children from our school with the opportunity to attend March break or summer camp in Quyon, Quebec. While there, the children participate in a wide variety of activities, including indoor wall climbing, crafts, swimming, land sports, kayaking and canoeing in summer. In the winter, there is a range of outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, indoor wall climbing, low ropes, basketball and arts and crafts.

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