MNO citizen receives the Director of Education Commendation award

Submitted by: Sara Kelly, MNO citizen

MNO citizen receives the Director of Education Commendation award
MNO citizen Carol David (fourth from left) stands with Director of
Education Denise Andre (center left) andMost Reverend Archbishop
Terrence Prendergast, SJ (center right). Click here to view a larger

On May 3, 2016, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Carol David was awarded the Director of Education Commendation Award at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa. Presented annually during Education Week, this award represents the exceptional contributions made by employees to the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

A reflective, humble and faith-filled leader, David instinctively puts students and colleagues before all else so that they can be successful and feel supported. These traits are the foundation on which she builds the High Needs unit at St. Patrick’s High School in Ottawa. You simply have to look at the various groups she created to see the extent of her leadership in building a caring community.

A decade in her present role (17 years with the Ottawa Catholic School Board), David is, without question, in a very demanding position. It is testament to her skill, dedication and deep faith that she has made tremendous strides with high needs students in every aspect of their educational journey. She is the perfect marriage of compassion and grit—fair and firm.

Several of her peers speak of her as the “miracle worker;” “keeps going and keeps calm;” and, “is both patient and creative.” Never one to give up, she is always persistent and hopeful, forming an ever present confidence, which in turn, triggers confidence in others. She is more than willing to share her knowledge. One colleague comments that she provides “a big umbrella for people to gather under.”

David knows she is not only a voice for her students in need, but she must help them find their own voice. Her interaction with both students and their families is a close one, making inclusivity a highly valued and integral part of St. Patrick’s High School. She appreciates all aspects of the person, making those needed connections that help to break down barriers.

She works very hard to benefit a small group of students, but her efforts make all of the difference. David’s world is one of possibilities, not limitations.

Published on: May 10, 2016

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