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Director of Education - September 25, 2015

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I wanted to make you aware of recent changes in the labour situation and share with you how those changes may affect our elementary and secondary schools.


This week the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) announced strike sanctions beginning Monday October 5th. These sanctions affect educational support workers. The OCDSB has 5 OSSTF bargaining units which represent elementary and secondary educational support workers.  


This includes:

  • educational support professionals such as school office administrators and office assistants, guidance services assistants and staff in central departments;

  • custodial and maintenance staff;

  • psychologists, social workers, speech and language pathologists;

  • educational assistants and early childhood educators;

  • Language Instructors for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors and childcare staff.

OSSTF released the sanctions to their members this week. More information about the impact of these sanctions is available on our Labour Relations webpage.


A legal strike action creates a challenging situation for everyone involved. We are continuing to work to address the issues associated with the sanctions. We remain committed to keeping you informed and are so appreciative of the ongoing support and understanding of the parent community. 

Jennifer Adams
Director of Education
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board







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Dr. Jennifer Adams became Director of Education/Secretary of the Board for the OCDSB on July 1st 2011.

Dr. Adams has been a leader in public education throughout her distinguished 27 year career. She began her teaching career with the Lakehead District School Board, followed by promotions to curriculum coordinator, elementary principal and superintendent. In 2005, Dr. Adams joined the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as a Superintendent of Instruction and until becoming Director of Education, served as the Executive Superintendent.

Throughout her career, Dr. Adams has been passionate in her focus on student learning. She is recognized for developing strategies to improve student achievement through research, instructional practice, and strong academic leadership.

A mother of two and married to a teacher, Dr. Adams is dedicated to fostering well-being, engagement, leadership and learning, both at home and at the OCDSB.





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