2020-2021 Community Recognition Awards

2020-2021 OCDSB Community Recognition Awards
Posted on 06/22/2021
2020-2021 OCDSB Community Recognition AwardsEach year the OCDSB recognizes the valuable contributions of community members, parents, and businesses through the OCDSB Community Recognition Awards. This year, several volunteers in our OCV Secondary community were recognized. Congratulations to Karen Bridge, Dr. Aliaa Dakroury and Jacquie Samuels!

community award recipientKaren Bridge is the recipient of the Chair’s Award. Karen is a caring and dependable volunteer who dedicates her time to elementary, secondary, and OCV schools within the OCDSB. While she is currently volunteering with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at OCV Secondary, she has spent the past 5 years supporting ESL and ELD classes at Ridgemont High School, Charles H. Hulse Public School, and Queen Mary Public School. She is patient, kind and knowledgeable, and often spends up to 4 days per week volunteering at schools! Karen shows compassionate support for some of the most vulnerable students, and is described as reliable, dedicated, kind, and a pleasure to work with.

community award recipientDr. Aliaa Dakroury, OCV Secondary School Council Co-Chair, received the Excellence in Equity Community Award. Aliaa has been a dedicated volunteer with the OCDSB since 2001. Her willingness to lend a hand and serve the community in whatever way she can is exemplary, and she always puts students' interests at the heart of her work. As School Council Co-Chair at the OCV Secondary School, she has played a crucial role in bringing together a parent-guided team that works hard to ensure student success. She facilitates excellent communication between educators and parents, shares creative ideas to improve online learning, and advocates passionately for students. Aliaa is committed to inclusion and diversity, and her ideas promote wellbeing and success for students, families, and the wider community. She listens attentively to the needs and concerns of staff, helping them to feel empowered and excited to improve their school. Those who work and volunteer alongside Aliaa are grateful for her organizational skills, work ethic, and big heart.

community award recipientJacquie Samuels was recognized with the OCDSB Community Award. Jacquie is a volunteer superstar who has undertaken three immense responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, she is the creator and administrator of a parent-run Facebook group for OCV students and families, where she has spent countless hours compiling, reviewing and sharing information from official sources. Second, she launched the Ottawa Reading Buddy group, which pairs younger readers with secondary students and therapy dogs to read virtually together. Third, she is also responsible for a fun Facebook group that allows local OCDSB children to play Minecraft Education together! Jacquie has dedicated so much time and energy to supporting students this year, all while balancing her own work and her own children's online learning, and families across the District are grateful!

Congratulations Karen, Aliaa and Jacquie, and thank you for your contributions to our school community!

Learn more about the 2020-2021 OCDSB Community Recognition Award recipients.
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