OCDSB Statement Regarding OCT Hearing Against Former Employee

OCDSB Statement Regarding OCT Hearing Against Former Employee
Posted on 06/29/2021
OCDSB Statement Regarding OCT Hearing Against Former Employee

On June 16, 2021, the Ontario College of Teachers published a Notice of Hearing against retired OCDSB teacher Peter Des Brisay. The Notice outlines a course of conduct that includes allegations of grooming and conduct that amounts to sexual abuse of a student between 1990 and 1996. The complaint was directed to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) from the individual. 

The conduct described in the Notice of Hearing is disturbing. We would ask that anyone with information to please contact the Ottawa Police Service or Crime Stoppers

The school district only became aware of these allegations as a result of the OCT notice. We will be cooperating with the OCT in any way that we can as they proceed to a hearing. 

As an organization, we take our duty of care very seriously and are committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been working with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to create a culture of awareness and protection for all students. This includes training on professional boundaries, updating policies, creating a culture of reporting incidents of concern, and practices for investigating incidents of concern. As part of our ongoing work in this area, principals and other staff receive training on the duty to report and duty to protect under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and share this training with all school-based staff.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection website includes a number of valuable resources for educators and parents, including information about Understanding and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse , resources to help Keep Kids Safe, information about Online Safety, how to Take Action, and resources to support Families of Survivors.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Chid Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, extension 5944.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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