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Speaker Series

The OCDSB Speaker Series offers free information sessions to the parent community and seeks to provide parents and educators with access to leading ideas in education that will allow us to work collaboratively to better support student learning and well-being.

The series is sponsored by the District's Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and supported through Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant funding from the Ministry of Education.

Upcoming Speaker Series


UNSTOPPABLE YOU with Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt

Thursday, February 28th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Earl of March Secondary School 
4 The Parkway, Kanata

No matter where you are in life, sometimes you just need to be inspired. Join us and “Unstoppable Tracy” as she shares how you can use humour and motivation to crush your obstacles and soar to the top!

About Tracy Schmitt

Tracy Schmitt is a highly acclaimed current, #1 International Mega Success Motivational Speaker speaking in 33 countries, Best Selling Author of “Unstoppable You”, TV show host and Tedx Speaker. She doesn’t merely motivate people; she lives it, earning the nickname Unstoppable Tracy.

She is the winner of the 2017 Robert W. Jackson Award [Founder of the Canadian Paralympics], 2017 C-SASIL Lifetime Achievement Award and 2018 Women of Essence Global Award Nominee, 2018 #1  Canadian  Transformational Leader of the John Maxwell Awarded and as seen on the cover of Thrive Magazine, CBC, City TV, Global News, NBC, FOX and globally around the world!

Previous Speaker Series

Cannabis Parent Information Nights

Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018 by the Federal Government. Ontario’s Government for the People has put rules in place to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, keep our roads safe and combat the illegal market. You must be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board remains committed to maintaining school and work environments smoke-free. Recreational cannabis possession and/or use is not and will not be permitted anywhere on OCDSB property.

For answers to common questions, check out this  Facebook Live video or visit the Ottawa Public Health - Parenting website. 

Cannabis Resources

Concussion Management

In honour of the first Rowan’s Law Day, we were extremely privileged to have Gordon & Kathleen Stringer and Dr. Vassilyadi; Pediatric Neurosurgeon, CHEO; Founder, CHEO Concussion Clinic; Ottawa Chapter Director for ThinkFirst/ Parachute; join us for our first Speakers Series of the school year. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Rowan’s parents, who have driven Ontario to take the lead in concussion awareness and prevention, and to learn about concussion management, causes, symptoms, and recovery from Dr. Vassilyadi. We'd like to thank everyone who came out and made our first session of the year successful.
Please click here for Dr. Vassilyadi's presentation and here for the Stringer's presentation. 
Dr. Susan Hopkins of The MEHRIT Centre

 

Self-regulation for Children and Parents 
April 19, 2018 and November 30, 2017

Chris D’souza
Equity in Action
April 5, 2018

Mary Alexandrou from CHEO’s YouthNet and Natalie Markoff from PLEO 
Understanding Mental Health and Addiction in Youth – Coping and Resilience
March 1, 2018

Paul Davis
Social Networking & Online Safety
October 5, 2017

Eva Olsson
Speaking out against Racism and Intolerance
April 12, 2017

DJ Cunningham, Learnstyle
Technology
April 7, 2016

Dr. Michael Vassilyadi
Understanding Concussions — Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
October 29, 2015

Canadian Foundation for Economic Education
Talk With Our Kids About Money
April 15, 2015

D Stuart Shanker
Developing Self-Regulation in Children
March 27, 2014

Contact Us

  • Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

    133 Greenbank Road, Ottawa ON, K2H 6L3
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