Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 30, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Ottawa Catholic School Board, The was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018):
- Ottawa Catholic School Board encourages ongoing employee development with subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, in-house and online training options, and opportunities for formal mentoring
- Ottawa Catholic School Board helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
- In support of long-term environmental sustainability, Ottawa Catholic School Board maintains an Environmental Committee comprised of multi-disciplinary, cross-functional employees who initiate and coordinate programs and projects throughout the school board
Employees benefit from OCSB's focus on wellness
Members of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) community pride themselves on focusing on the whole child, and they believe this perspective is critical in supporting today's youth. This same focus extends to employees, who benefit from a commitment to professional, mental, physical and spiritual wellness in the workplace.
"We're more than just a school board, we're a community," says Denise Andre, the OCSB's Director of Education. "We are able to offer the security and benefits of a large organization, but at the same time, we're innovative and agile, welcoming new and creative ideas to help support staff wellness."
Wellness surveys, school climate surveys, and virtual suggestion boxes are all part of the OCSB's culture of including staff feedback to improve workplace conditions. Staff assigned to employee wellness portfolios ensure that workplaces are inspected to be safe, and that employees have access to outside confidential counselling resources, which are covered by the board's benefits package.
Focusing on staff wellness helps the OCSB continue to perform at high levels in the education sector, says Andre. Employees are continually given the opportunity to innovate to ensure that the over 41,600 students in their care can flourish in today's globally connected environment.
"Employees have access to free leadership, mentoring programs and spiritual development," Andre says. "We believe in leadership for all staff, not just teaching staff, so there are opportunities to develop skills across a range of disciplines."
As the Principal of Immaculata High School, Norma McDonald oversees 78 educators, 10 support staff, and 978 high school students. McDonald feels a strong sense of fellowship with other principals and educators. She partakes in regularly scheduled meetings and networking sessions where educators can exchange information, inform themselves of board and provincial ministry developments, and get to know each other. "We work together as a team," says McDonald. "Collaboration is an important and essential part of our culture. It connects us both personally and professionally,"
She adds that working together as a Catholic community, the OCSB helps students achieve excellent academic results, while preparing them to graduate as responsible citizens who will help shape the future. "We have our roots in a structure that looks at the spiritual well-being of students and staff, but also families, parishes and entire communities," says McDonald. "Focusing on the whole adult employee allows us to do a better job at nurturing the whole child."