Working at the OCDSB - Staff Perspectives

What’s it like to work at the OCDSB? We asked members of our staff to share their thoughts.

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LoannaIoanna, early learning assistant
I have been an Early Learning Assistant (ELA) with the OCDSB for 10 years. Working for the Extended Day Program is a significantly rewarding job. It is a joy to see the progress of students, knowing you played a positive role in their development. I have benefited professionally and personally from courses offered in personal well being and educational excellence. I have also enjoyed working with a team of supportive and cooperative educational staff, and I have made life long friends.

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AdeelaAdeela, designated occasional teacher (DOT)

Since starting with the OCDSB in 2019, I have had the opportunity to learn from my students and colleagues with rich experiences while teaching or supporting in the schools from kindergarten to grade 6. I love being a DOT because I have the unique position of having an ongoing connection with all the students during the year, gathering rich experiences from various learning environments, and using different learning tools. My current OCDSB school has such an amazing staff that makes me want to come back every year, with such dedication, support and advice that allows me to grow as a professional.
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DamayanthDamayanthi, elementary contract teacher

The OCDSB has provided me with the opportunity to work with a dedicated and talented educator team. What I enjoy the most is being a member of support and creative teams in Special Education, English as a Second Language, International Languages and the Arts. I thrive on building relationships with our students and diverse school communities. The OCDSB has provided me with coaching, mentoring, training and encouragement to pursue my professional goals. I encourage you to join our OCDSB team.
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RubyRuby, chief custodian

I have been working for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for seven and a half years. What I like about my job now are the daily challenges.The interactions with the contractors and our OCDSB tradesman are more educational to me. I learn a lot from these people whenever I ask questions about everything in the building that could possibly be a problem. Having supportive supervisors that guide me when needed in order to ensure that school board policies are respected and followed. When I joined OCDSB I was surprised of the numerous possibilities for advancement and change. The available training to constantly improve your knowledge of the job.
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NatashaNatasha, Human Resources Officer

I’ve been working with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board since February 2021. As a previous OCDSB student, working here has provided me with an opportunity to experience the organization from a different perspective. I get to witness the tireless effort to support the diverse needs of students and staff. What drew me to the OCDSB was their commitment to continuous innovation - to listen, learn and adapt to best support our community. I appreciate working with a talented HR team who genuinely cares about our work to enhance the employee experience. I also value that the OCDSB offers tuition reimbursement opportunities that support my professional growth.
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PaulaPaula, Superintendent of People, Culture and Leadership

I have worked in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board since 2010. What I love so much about this organization are the opportunities for growth, development and leadership. Over the last decade, I have held five interesting roles within the organization as a member of both the academic and corporate teams. The incredible mentoring I have received has allowed me to develop as a leader and now I get to share those gifts with those I serve as a member of the senior team. The OCDSB promotes from within, amplifies the voices of those of us with diverse identities and is committed to equitable hiring, recruitment and promotion. You want to work here! We can’t wait to have you on the team.”
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Ali, Webmaster, B.Eng

I have had the privilege of being a part of Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for 13 years, and I can confidently say that it is one of the most diverse and inclusive work environments I have ever encountered. The team here is composed of individuals from various backgrounds, and this has made for a rich and dynamic atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to bring their unique perspectives to the table.

Not only does Ottawa-Carleton District School Board value diversity, but it also prioritizes creating a supportive and empowering work culture for all employees. From management to entry-level positions, everyone is encouraged to grow and develop their skills, and the district provides ample opportunities for career advancement.

I am consistently impressed by the level of teamwork and collaboration that takes place here. Regardless of department, everyone is willing to lend a hand and work together to achieve our common goals. The district's commitment to creating a positive work environment is evident in everything they do, from hosting regular team building activities to offering flexible work arrangements.

In short, I am grateful to be a part of such a dynamic and inclusive workplace. Ottawa-Carleton District School Board truly sets a standard for what a great work environment should be like.

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