Leadership Recognition

“Leadership in the OCDSB is the demonstration of personal initiative to achieve a positive outcome.”


Our students and parents participate each year and strongly support the Terry Fox Run, UNICEF, Education Foundation, The Barrhaven Food cupboard, The Snowsuit Fund. Our students also showed leadership and sportsmanship during sporting events. In addition to informal recognition on a regular basis, we acknowledge their contributions in our classrooms, school announcements, assemblies, our principal’s report to school council, and end-of-year awards ceremonies for grade six students.


Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications including Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Sciences, as well as additional qualifications in Mathematics, Reading, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Guidance, and Computers in Education. They have actively participated in numerous Board-wide professional development activities in critical and creative thinking, literacy and numeracy. We recognize their initiative by providing and supporting opportunities for further professional growth by attending conferences such as “Reading for the Love of It” in Toronto. Our administrative and support staff (office assistants, office administrator, educational assistants, library technician and custodial team) are also regularly involved in increasing their knowledge and skills so that they can support our students effectively and efficiently. Our administrative and support staff provide invaluable assistance throughout the school, in the office, the library and in the classrooms.

We also recognize staff leadership via personal interactions with one another, letters of thanks, school announcements, school newsletters, assemblies, performance appraisals, and our Principal’s report to school council.


Our volunteers contribute many hours of support for the benefit of students in our school. Just some of the initiatives undertaken by parent volunteers include: our lunch programs, annual garage sale, school barbecue, Movie Nights and yearbook. Our dedicated school council meets monthly and continues to support financially many of our programs. As invaluable partners, we thank our parents, guardians and volunteers on an on-going basis, and look for opportunities to acknowledge them in our school announcements, our Principal’s report to school council, school newsletters, and our annual volunteer breakfast event.


We recognize our community partners through our school announcements and school newsletters. We invite them to special events and assemblies. We host a number of co-op students from local high schools. College and university students are also involved in our school both at the undergraduate (mainly Faculty of Education students) and graduate programs (for example, Master of Social Work). Local business and service organizations also support our school in a variety of ways. At Berrigan, we realize the importance of maintaining community partnerships and are always looking for ways to involve our community partners to add meaning to our students’ experiences. Our community supports our work generously.

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