November 11, 2022 - National Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, Applying for Post-Secondary Scholarships, and more.

November 11, 2022 - National Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, Applying for Post-Secondary Scholarships, and more.
Posted on 11/11/2022

Hello Students,

National Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day

As a District, we honour the commitment and sacrifices of all who have served and continue to serve in times of war, conflict, and peace. In recognition of National Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, this week students and staff members have been taking time to pause, remember and reflect.

Applying for Post-Secondary Scholarships 

As some of you begin thinking ahead to college or university, there are a number of scholarships and bursaries that can help. Please visit our website to explore local and national scholarship opportunities. A few upcoming deadlines include: 

Winter Night School, International and Indigenous Language Classes, and More 

The OCDSB’s Continuing Education Department offers programs that support lifelong learning for students of all ages. Take a look at their interactive flyer to learn what programs and opportunities will be offered over the next few months. To learn more about a particular program, you can click right on the text within the flyer. 

An Important Message from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

CHEO is experiencing an unprecedented surge in viral illness among children and youth (RSV, flu, and COVID). In response, they are focussing staff, physicians, and physical space on ensuring urgent and emergent care are always available for kids and youth who may need it. The full details about the situation are available here.

CHEO is asking everyone in Ottawa to help control this viral surge by taking a few personal safety measures:  

  • Wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces, including schools 
  • Stay home when sick 
  • Wash your hands, frequently 
  • Cough into elbows 
  • Get all vaccines you are eligible for, including COVID-19 and flu. 

Dates to Remember 

November 15: Board Inaugural Meeting

Next week we will be swearing in our newly elected and returning Trustees at our Board Inaugural Meeting. All are welcome to join us in-person at 133 Greenbank Road at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15. The meeting will also be streamed online at this link for those who prefer to watch online. Did you know 2 student trustees are elected each year, who hold very similar positions to their adult trustee counterparts? Your student trustees for this school year are Antong Hou from West Carleton Secondary School, and Tabarak Al-Delaimi from Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School. Learn more about the responsibilities of student trustees

November 15: National Child Day Event - #8MillionRising

Children First Canada is hosting a special National Child Day event on Wednesday, November 15th at 1:00 p.m. This event honours the power and resilience of the 8 million children currently living in Canada, sharing information about children’s rights and how we can all take action. Learn more here

November 16: Louis Riel Day

In Ontario Louis Riel Day is recognized on November 16th, the anniversary of Louis Riel’s execution in 1885. While Louis Riel Day commemorates one of the great tragedies of Canadian history, it is also a day to celebrate Métis people and culture and the continuing progress in fulfilling Riel’s dream with the Métis people taking their rightful place within Confederation. Learn more and find virtual event information here.

November 22: Level Up - Skilled Trades Career Exploration Event 

Calling all Grade 11 & 12 students! We invite you to attend Level Up! - an engaging and interactive skilled trades career exploration opportunity on Tuesday, November 22nd at the EY Centre. This event is hosted by the Ministry of Labor, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. Meet people in existing industries, see hands-on demonstrations, explore a variety of trades and learn about available job opportunities. Students can register by contacting their school. Parents and guardians can attend the evening session between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; no registration required. Learn more.

November 30: Canterbury Arts Open House (In-person)

Grade 8 students and their families are invited to attend an in-person Arts Open House on Wednesday, November 30th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. to learn more about the OCDSB's specialized arts programming, and about application procedures for the 2023-24 school year. For the participation link and more details, visit this link. 

December 3 - Brick and Masonry Information Session - Ottawa Technical Secondary School  

Are you interested in taking up Brick and Masonry? Join us on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the masonry shop at Ottawa Technical Secondary School. Representatives from the Ontario Masonry Training Centre will provide details about the program, student requirements and career prospects. Contact your school’s guidance counsellor for registration. Learn more.    

In case you missed it…

Applications for Ontario Colleges and Universities: A reminder to visit and the Ontario Universities Application Centre to learn more about applying to college or university, and to be aware of upcoming dates and deadlines. 

Ontario Universities’ Virtual Information Session on December 1: Mark your calendar for an Ontario Universities’ Information Session virtual event on December 1st, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome, and all Ontario universities will be participating. Each event will be divided into six 30-minute sessions where you can learn about the universities you are interested in and ask questions. Register for a Virtual Pass.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Webinar: Join us on Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. Register Now.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Virtual Open House: Join us on Tuesday, November 22nd from 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Learn more.

Some Personal News

In closing, you have likely heard that I have made the difficult decision to leave the OCDSB. In January I will start a new position as the Director of Education at Durham District School Board. Durham is ‘home’ to me and to my family and this new opportunity will allow me to bring more balance to my professional and personal responsibilities. It has been an absolute privilege to serve as your Director of Education and I look forward to continuing our work over the next two months. To learn more, please read this update from our Board of Trustees. Thank you for the kindness and knowledge you have shared with me over these past four years. 

Thank you, 

Camille Williams-Taylor 

Director of Education 


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