Community Awards

Community Awards
Each year the OCDSB recognizes the valuable contributions of our community members, parents, caregivers, and businesses through the OCDSB Community Recognition Awards. 


Volunteers play an important role in our children’s education today - their life experiences, knowledge, and expertise can have a tremendous impact in the classroom and beyond. They are valued partners who facilitate interaction and co-operation between the school and wider community for the benefit of all students. This year our volunteers have continued to enrich student learning, provide leadership in our School Councils, support our staff and programming, and so much more! Learn about the outstanding nominees of the 2023-2024 Community Recognition Awards below. The award recipients will be announced at our Board Meeting on May 28th, 2024.


There are 6 different award categories:
Community Award

This Award is granted in recognition of outstanding efforts of a member of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board community in developing an initiative that directly supports the well-being of our students. Nominated by Trustees, school councils, the Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC), Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), members of the public and OCDSB staff.


Community Partnership Award

Granted in recognition of outstanding partnership/support from a community agency or business over an extended period of years or through a significant initiative that has directly benefited OCDSB students. Nominated by Trustees, school councils, the Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC), Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), members of the public and OCDSB staff.


Distinguished School Council Service Award

This Award is granted in recognition of the outstanding efforts of a school council or school council member for making a significant contribution to enhancing the learning experience of students at a school and/or system level. Nominated by Trustees, school councils, the Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC), Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), members of the public and OCDSB staff.


Excellence in Equity Award

This award recognizes the contribution of a parent, volunteer, business community member of organization to support the alignment and integration of equity and inclusive educational principles and practice over an extended period of years or through a significant initiative that has directly benefited OCDSB students. Nominated by Trustees, school councils, the Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC), Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), members of the public and OCDSB staff.


Volunteer of the Year Award

This Award is granted in recognition of the substantial contribution of a parent volunteer or community volunteer over an extended period of years or through a single significant initiative that has had a positive impact on students. OCDSB employees or those who are paid for their services are not eligible to be nominated in this category. Nominated by Trustees, school councils, the Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC), Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), members of the public and OCDSB staff.


Chair’s Award**

The Chair’s Award is presented annually for the substantial contribution of an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board staff member and/or a community member to the achievement of the aims and objectives of the Board over an extended period of years.


**Please note, nominations for the Chair’s Award are made by the Board of Trustees.


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