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Each year, the CDSBEO honours deserving students and staff through the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation. Awarded to remarkable persons with outstanding successes, the certificates were presented to 23 students at the June 20th Board meeting. The following are this year’s award recipients:

 

Desiree Paquette, Bishop Macdonell Catholic School

Desiree is a grade 6 student from Bishop Macdonell Catholic School who entered a poem in the Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Contest. Her entry won first place in the Junior Division at the local Royal Canadian Legion event, and then earned first place at the zone level, which includes other legions in the area.

 

Greta Chafee, Iona Academy Catholic School

Greta began dancing for Powell School of Dance at the age of 3 years old. Greta has had many successful competitions, and recently placed first in her division at the Richmond Hill Dance Competition. Due to her solo first place win she received a $500 scholarship to the Dance Intensive for the Hollywood Summer Tour in Burbank California taking place in July.

 

Shalini (Shaloo) Menon, Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

Shaloo is a grade 9 student at Holy Trinity CSS, who excels at music, specifically the piano, clarinet, and more recently the oboe. Dedicated to her craft, Shaloo spends a minimum of 30 minutes per day at the piano. She currently holds a Level 7 certificate issued by the Royal Conservatory of Music, the largest and most respected music education system in the world. Shaloo is also an excellent athlete who has represented Holy Trinity on the soccer pitch at both EOSSAA and OFSAA levels. Despite being involved in so many activities, she has managed to attain a 90 per cent + average in her grade nine year.

 

Elizabeth Moffat, Notre Dame Catholic High School

Elizabeth won 4 of a potential 6 gold medals at the 2016 Canadian National Highland Dance Championships in individual dances at the intermediate level. She placed 2nd and 5th in the other two dance categories. Elizabeth also had the opportunity to perform in the Alberta Ballet’s National Art Centre’s 2016 production of the Nutcracker.

 

Victoria Nichols, Notre Dame Catholic High School

Victoria won gold in small group choreography at the 2016 Canadian National Highland Dance Championship. Victoria also had the opportunity to perform in the Alberta Ballet’s National Art Centre’s 2016 production of the Nutcracker in the role of head soldier.

 

Jayden McPherson, St. Columban’s Catholic School

Jayden is a grade 4 student who also studies Tae Kwan Do. In April, Jayden received his black belt, and he is the youngest to attain this level in Tae Kwan Do in all of SD&G. After attaining his black belt he attended the national Taw Kwan Do national competition in Ottawa, competing against members from across Canada, where he received a silver medal in the sparring competition. This is the fourth year that Jayden has medaled at the national competition.

 

Maya Forbes, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School

Maya is a grade 7 student who studies piano, speech arts and voice. Maya won a gold medal for scoring the top mark in the province for the level 3 Speech Arts and Drama Examinations at the Royal Conservatory of Ontario. Maya went to Toronto in November to receive the award at the Regional Headquarters at the Royal Conservatory.

 

Shaelyn Kavanagh, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School

Shaelyn studies figure skating at the Athens Figure Skating Club. Recently, she participated in the Eastern Ontario StarSkate Invitational Championships in Bowmanville, Ontario. At the competition, Shaelyn competed against 38 other skaters, and received top marks, surpassing her personal best score and winning gold in the Star 5 under 13 ladies’ category. As a result of her gold medal win, Shaelyn went on to compete with the Eastern Ontario Team at Provincials.

 

Aimee Headland, St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School

Aimee played on the Great Britain Under-18 Women’s Hockey Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships Tournament, held in Poland earlier this year. Aimee played forward on the first line, power-play, and penalty kill lines, and scored Great Britain’s first goal in the tournament. She started in all of the games, and earned five international caps.

 

Dawson Laffoley, St. John Bosco Catholic School

Dawson, a grade 6 student at St. John Bosco, studies dance at Four Season Dance Academy in Brockville. During his second season of competitive dance, while competing at the Believe Dance Competition, Dawson was awarded a scholarship from Be Discovered to dance at Disney World in Florida. The scholarship was for a week’s worth of intensive dance training and choreography leading up to performing in several numbers in a show at Disney’s Theatre of the Stars, as well as dancing down Main Street USA in the Disney Parade.

 

Charlotte Stewart, St. John Catholic Elementary School and Jacklyn Stewart, St. John Catholic High School

Charlotte and Jacklyn are two sisters that attend school in Perth. Charlotte is in grade 6 at St. John Elementary, and Jacklyn is in grade 8 at St. John CHS. In 2016, the sisters won a gold medal in small group choreography at the Canadian National Highland Dance Championship. In 2017, the two ranked 6th for their respective age groups at the 2017 Ontario Provincial Highland Dance Championship.

 

Shyanna Gauthier, St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School

Shyanna was selected as junior athlete of the year in 2016, in grade 9, and has also competed at the senior level in basketball and soccer, as well as competing on many varsity teams. Most recently, Shyanna has made it to OFSAA in Track: 300M hurdles. She had just started hurdling within the year and made it to the provincials.

 

Madison Grant, St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School

Madison is a grade 10 student at St. Joseph’s who is actively involved in athletics. Madison has played rugby for three years, and have moved up the ranks of this sport very quickly. This year, Madison has been registered as an elite national athlete and is training with the U18 Canadian National Women’s Rugby Team. She will be competing internationally this summer.

 

Emma Morrow, St. Mary-St. Cecilia Catholic School

Emma began her journey with taking part in the “Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest.” Emma completed her poster at school and it was judged by the Knights of Columbus Archdiocese of Kingston Diocesan Association, placing first. Emma’s poster is now moving on to The Knights of Columbus Supreme Office in New Haven Connecticut for international judging.

 

Jared Elliott, St. Mary Catholic High School

Jared was an Ontario Track and Field athlete in javelin in June 2016, as a grade 9 competitor. Jared won first place in javelin at LGSSAA, EOSSAA, East Regionals and took home gold at OFSAA in Windsor. Each week, Jared improved his personal best by 3 to 5 meters until he finally won Gold at OFSAA with a measure of 50.49 meters. In fact, his top three throws could have earned him Gold, Silver and Bronze. His distance shattered the school midget boys’ record by 14 meters.

 

Aven Carpenter-Houle and Patrick Brownell of St. Matthew Catholic Secondary School, Megan McKissock of St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School, Kathleen Williams of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, and teacher Stephanie Hutton

Four students from the Turning Points Program, through St. Matthew Catholic Secondary School in Cornwall, were selected to have their original poems published in a Canadian student anthology through the Young Writers of Canada Poetry Contest. Young poets from all across the country are invited to take part in this creative opportunity. The collective entries from the program secured Turning Points an Award of Excellence; an honour designated by the Young Writers of Canada for the Top 20 schools involved in the national poetry competition.

 

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Junior Envirothon Team: Morgan Foster, Peter McCannel, Rachel Fiset, Noah Hill, Jacob Poirer Hanniman, and Coach Ann Jackson

After winning the Regional Envirothon Competition at the MacSkimming Outdoor Centre, placing first in 4 out of 5 of the sections of the competition, the Junior Envirothon Team from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School earned a spot representing the Ottawa area at the provincial competition held at Fleming College in Lindsay. The provincial competition is an opportunity for further competition and training as students face a series of challenging hands-on, environmental science tests focused on forestry, wildlife, soils and aquatics. The group will receive results of this competition in the near future.

 

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Senior Envirothon Team: Andrew Buchanan, Lauren Lussier, Kyra McCannell, David Silva Parent, Michael Rayson, and Coach Ann Jackson

The Senior Envirothon team, under the leadership of Ann Jackson, earned a spot at the provincial Envirothon competition at Fleming College in Lindsay. The team was invited to the provincial competition after winning a video contest. The students had to create an 8 minute video in response to a real world scenario. The goal was to plan an economically and environmentally sustainable farming business using best management practices. Students had to meet certain criteria and come up with a plan to look after soil, forestry, aquatics and wildlife in the area. The senior team placed first in the province and earned the opportunity to attend the national competition.

Naloxone Kits Distributed to CDSBEO Schools

In response to the growing Fentanyl crisis, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has purchased Naloxone kits for all CDSBEO schools. On Tuesday, May 30, several staff from each school attended training sessions in Kemptville and Cornwall to learn how to administer Naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdose. Kits were distributed to each school at the session.

Discussing the growing opioid crisis at the training session, Harm Reduction Coordinator Jennifer Adams from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit noted, “Opioid related deaths are a leading cause of death in Ontario. These deaths are outnumbering motor vehicle collision deaths by a long shot in our province, and there has been a 463 per cent increase in opioid deaths between 2000 and 2013. In 2015, there were 735 opioid deaths in Ontario, and 201 of these were from Fentanyl.”

The Board has recently partnered with the Upper Canada District School Board and local health units to host a series of public information sessions to promote community awareness regarding the Fentanyl crisis. Bootleg Fentanyl is a highly toxic and dangerous opioid drug that has been discovered in several areas across Eastern Ontario. It can be found in powdered form, pressed into pills or mixed into other drugs such as OxyContin and heroin. It may also go by the street names of Faded 80’s, Fake Oxy’s, or K22’s. Bootleg Fentanyl has also been detected in the cocaine supply in the area, and this is of particular concern as the majority of people will unknowingly consume the drug, placing them at a much higher risk of overdose.

Director of Education, Wm. J. Gartland explained the importance of having the kits in schools.

“We hope that these kits will never need to be used, but in the event that they are needed, the Naloxone will help to buy time for someone experiencing an opioid overdose until first responders arrive.”

Please visit www.healthunit.org or www.eohu.ca for more information and resources on the Fentanyl crisis.

 

Catholic Education Week

Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year Catholic Education Week, which took place from May 1-5, celebrated the theme “Walking Forward Together.” The week began with the celebration of the annual Board-wide Mass at Holy Cross Parish in Kemptville, which was led by Fr. Rod McNeil of St. Francis de Sales Parish (Smiths Falls).

Throughout the week, schools shone a great light on the ways in which CDSBEO Catholic schools celebrate Catholic education. The week was marked by special activities and events for all grade levels, including prayer celebrations, service activities, celebrations of the arts, sporting events, and fundraisers; the spirit of service was the hallmark of each event.

Please view the video below, which highlights some of the many happenings at CDSBEO schools during Catholic Education Week.

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Bravo Breakfast Awards – Prescott-Russell Area Schools

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario celebrated the fourth and final Bravo Breakfast Award on May 17, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, recognizing students from the Prescott-Russell area schools with the prestigious award. One student from each elementary and secondary school is chosen to receive the award annually, which acknowledges the unsung heroes within CDSBEO Catholic schools.

Director of Education, Wm. J. Gartland, began the tradition of honouring these remarkable achievers nine years ago. “Each of the young people here has been selected by their individual school communities for their special contribution,” explained Mr. Gartland. “You have made a difference in the lives of those around you, and you have put others ahead of yourselves in many circumstances. Each of you represents what we hope all of our students aspire to do and be.”

Also in attendance to present the awards were Trustees Sue Wilson (Prescott-Russell County), and Karen McAllister (Dundas County and Stormont County).

The following students were recognized at the May 17th Bravo Breakfast:

Zoë Tingley, grade 6, Mother Teresa Catholic School
Kayla Nault, grade 6, Pope John Paul Catholic School
Amanda Wenger, grade 5, St. Jude Catholic School
Olivia Pereira, grade 6, St. Mary Catholic School, Chesterville
Adalia Vellenga, grade 6, St. Patrick Catholic School
Alexandra Goddard, grade 8, St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School
Noah Leroux, grade 12, St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School
Erin Arbuckle, grade 8, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School
Jason Schell, grade 10, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School

Bravo Breakfast Award recipients, Prescott-Russell area schools.
Left to right: Erin Arbuckle, Zoë Tingley, Olivia Pereira, Adalia Vellenga, Amanda Wenger, Noah Leroux, Kayla Nault, Jason Schell, Alexandra Goddard

Bravo Breakfast Awards – Cornwall Area Schools

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario celebrated the third of four area Bravo Breakfast Awards on May 10, at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, recognizing students from the Cornwall area schools with the prestigious award. One student from each elementary and secondary school is chosen to receive the award annually, which acknowledges the unsung heroes within CDSBEO Catholic schools.

Director of Education, Wm. J. Gartland, began the tradition of honouring these remarkable achievers nine years ago. “Each of the young people here has been selected by their individual school communities for their special contribution,” explained Mr. Gartland. “You have made a difference in the lives of those around you, and you have put others ahead of yourselves in many circumstances. Each of you represents what we hope all of our students aspire to do and be.”

Also in attendance to present the awards were Board Chair Todd Lalonde, Trustees Ron Eamer (City of Cornwall and Glengarry County), and Karen McAllister (Dundas County and Stormont County).

The following students were recognized at the May 10th Bravo Breakfast:

Cory Warner, Grade 8, Bishop Macdonell Catholic School
Angel-Anne Geneau, Grade 6, Immaculate Conception Catholic School
Katrina Vivarais, Grade 7, Iona Academy Catholic School
Jack Peets, Grade 8, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School
Madison Keenan, Grade 8, Sacred Heart Catholic School
Jaden Martel, Grade 7, St. Andrew’s Catholic School
Nathan Levac, Grade 8, St. Anne Catholic School
Ella Hopkins, Grade 3, St. Columban’s Catholic School
Hayley McMeekin, Grade 8, St. Finnan’s Catholic School
Damien Blanchette, Grade 7, St. Mary-St. Cecilia Catholic School
Jenniah Gaudette-Stephenson, Grade 6, St. Peter Catholic School
Brad Cote, Grade 8, Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
Eva Poulin, Grade 12, Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
Madison Todd, Grade 12, St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School
Brianna Robertson, Grade 12, St. Matthew Catholic Secondary School

 

Left to right, back row: Brad Cote, Cory Warner, Katrina Vivarais, Madison Keenan, Eva Poulin, Jaden Martel, Nathan Levac
Left to right, front row: Damien Blanchette, Angel-Anne Geneau, Jack Peets, Ella Hopkins, Madison Todd, Hayley McMeekin, Jenniah Gaudette-Stephenson, Brianna Robertson

Celebrating Catholic Education Week 2017

Students and staff across the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario marked the beginning of Catholic Education Week through the celebration of the annual Board-wide Mass, held on Monday, May 1, at Holy Cross Church in Kemptville.

Representatives from every school in the Board participated in the celebration, along with parish priests, trustees and administration. The Mass was presided by Fr. Rod McNiel, of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Smiths Falls. The student choir from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School provided music for the Mass, and each school received a special plaque with a poem based on the theme for 2017, Walking Forward Together.

Catholic Education Week 2017 draws from Micah 6:8, “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God”, which acknowledges the important role of justice and solidarity with our Indigenous peoples, our environment, the poor and marginalized, and all those who work to protect our common global future.

The week long promotion is the culmination of several months of school activities, social justice initiatives, prayers and reflections designed to help students deepen their awareness and understanding of their calling to serve others with compassion, humanity and joy. Catholic Education Week is marked by many open houses and special school activities that take place during the week-long event, which celebrates the distinctiveness of Catholic education.

 

Left to right: Fr. Brian McNally, Fr. Cosmos Ajawara, Fr. Julius Nwagbara, Fr. Andrew Shim, Fr. Rod McNiel, Fr. John Whyte, Fr. Mark Piché, Fr. Brent Brent Brennan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bravo Breakfast Awards – Brockville Area Schools

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario celebrated the second of four area Bravo Breakfast Awards this morning at St. Mary Catholic High School, recognizing students from the Brockville area schools with the prestigious award. One student from each elementary and secondary school is chosen to receive this award annually, which acknowledges the unsung heroes within CDSBEO Catholic schools.

Director of Education, Wm. J. Gartland, began the tradition of honouring these remarkable achievers nine years ago.

“Each of the young people here has been selected by their individual school communities for their special contribution,” explained Mr. Gartland. “You have made a difference in the lives of those around you. You have put others ahead of yourselves in many circumstances. Each of you represents what we hope all of our students aspire to do and be.”

Also in attendance were Vice-Chair Robin Reil, and Trustee Brent Laton, along with other local dignitaries.

The following students were recognized at the April 26th Bravo Breakfast:

Dominic Sacrey, Grade 6, J.L. Jordan Catholic School, Brockville
Aidan Chartrand, Grade 6, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, Brockvile
Brielle Nielsen, Grade 5, St. John Bosco Catholic School, Brockville
Kyle Cooper, Grade 7, St. Joseph Catholic School, Gananoque
Sarah Whitmore, Grade 8, St. Joseph Catholic School, Toledo
Katherine Plummer, Grade 8, St. Mark Catholic School, Prescott
Montana Brady, Grade 8, St. Mary Catholic High School, Brockville
Bridgette “Birdy” Buchanan, Grade 12, St. Mary Catholic High School, Brockville

Bravo Award recipients – left to right: Dominic Sacrey, Aidan Chartrand, Katherine Plummer, Brielle Nielsen, Bridgette ‘Birdy’ Buchanan, Kyle Cooper, Montana Brady, Sarah Whitmore

Lenten Fundraiser at St. Gregory Benefits Classroom Project in Nicaragua

Students at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Carleton Place, took part in a Lenten challenge this spring season which saw each student helping to raise money to build a classroom in Nicaragua with SchoolBOX (a local registered Canadian charity based in Almonte). Each student was challenged to bring in $5 and add a “brick” to the new classroom.

Matt Smart, a high school student at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Stittsville made an amazing presentation to students to kick off the fundraising challenge, and proceeds were donated to the Matt’s Dream Classroom Fund.

In total, the school raised over $1800, surpassing their goal of $1,500, with more donations still coming in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Day of Mourning – April 28

Please remember and pray for those who have lost their lives or been injured in the workplace on April 28.

Bravo Breakfast Awards – Smiths Falls Area Schools

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario celebrated the first of four area Bravo Breakfast Awards this morning at Hanley Hall in Smiths Falls, recognizing students from the Smiths Falls area schools with the prestigious award. One student from each elementary and secondary school is chosen to receive this award annually, which acknowledges the unsung heroes within CDSBEO Catholic schools.

Director of Education, Wm. J. Gartland, began the tradition of honouring these remarkable achievers nine years ago.

“Each of the young people here has been selected by their individual school communities for their special contribution,” explained Mr. Gartland. “You have made a difference in the lives of those around you. You have put others ahead of yourselves in many circumstances. Each of you represents what we hope all of our students aspire to do and be.”

Also in attendance were Vice-Chair Robin Reil, Trustee Nancy Kirby, and Trustee Brent Laton.

The following students were recognized at the April 19th Bravo Breakfast:

Laura Eden, Grade 8, Notre Dame Catholic High School, Carleton Place
Bailey McInnis, Grade 12, Notre Dame Catholic High School, Carleton Place
Grayson Papineau, Grade 6, Holy Cross Catholic School, Kemptville
Alyson Murray, Grade 8, Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, Almonte
Trinity Spinks, Grade 5, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, Lanark
Aiden Kirst, Grade 5, St. Edward Catholic School, Westport
Matthew Conlon, Grade 8, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, Smiths Falls
Colin Scollard, Grade 2, St. Gregory Catholic School, Carleton Place
Owyn Tetreault, Grade 3, St. James the Greater Catholic School, Smiths Falls
Jean-Luc Boucher, Grade 6, St. John Catholic Elementary School, Perth
Madison Larose, Grade 6, St. Mary Catholic School, Carleton Place
Emalee Mussell, Hanley Hall School of Alternative and Continuing Education, Smiths Falls
Natasha McGregor, Grade 7, St. John Catholic High School, Perth
Tyler Street, Grade 10, St. John Catholic High School, Perth
Anthony Scharf, Grade 12, St. Luke Catholic High School
Manveer Grewal, Grade 7, St. Michael Catholic High School, Kemptville
Chad Hogue, Grade 12, St. Michael Catholic High School, Kemptville

 

Left to right back row: Alyson Murray, Laura Eden, Natasha McGregor, Tyler Street, Chad Hogue, Anthony Scharf, Manveer Grewal

Left to right front row: Trinity Spinks, Jean-Luc Boucher, Madison Larose, Owyn Tetreault, Colin Scollard, Grayson Papineau, Aiden Kirst, Matthew Conlon

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