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2019 OPSOA Annual Conference

Mark your calendars! OPSOA's Annual Conference will be taking place next March, on the 28th and 29th, back at the Delta Hotel in Toronto! The annual conference brings wonderful speakers and presentations, excellent networking opportunities, engaging events and much much more. The Conference this past May was a wonderful experience as always, we look to continue this success next year in March. We will keep members updated with news as the conference develops.

OPSOA President's Leadership Award

In recognition of the District School Board for the support of their staff serving in the role of President of the Association, an annual OPSOA President's Leadership Award is granted to a student/students from a school of the President’s Board.Recipients are recognized for their outstanding leadership, outstanding contribution to school and/or community and other criteria as determined locally.

Recipients: Sherbrooke Public School Intermediate Students, Lakehead District School Board

Vale Community Breakfast:Sherbrooke intermediate students are volunteering early mornings to help cook breakfast for the community. This program has many different contributions to the school community. Not only do these intermediate students get the opportunity to work alongside high school students and staff, they are also providing healthy meals for any family in the community. The initiative also helps families get started for their day and attend school on time.

Food Hampers:Sherbrooke intermediate students are also organizing a food hamper program. They will be writing letters to organizations and community partners to raise some funds to allow the students to purchase groceries for families in need. They will organize and facilitate the grocery shopping as well as the packing and delivery of the food hampers in the spring.

OPSOA Distinguished Leadership Award

The OPSOA Distinguished Leadership Award is presented annually to a Member who has demonstrated outstanding ability and leadership in public education at both the provincial and local school system levels. The candidate is a leader in a number of OPSOA initiatives and is valued by colleague Members and by the education community for that leadership.

Recipient: Barbara Fraser-Stiff, Alumni Member, former Superintendent of Education, Limestone District School Board

Barb is a ten-year member of OPSOA, the former Eastern Regional Director on the OPSOA Board of Directors and has recently retired from the Limestone District School Board As the Superintendent of Program in Limestone, Barb’s leadership was critical in shifting the focus of administrator learning to be focused on instructional leadership.She presented widely to support leadership development and capacity building for administrators. Barb also played an integral role in overseeing the implementation of FDK providing steady leadership of the Early Years portfolio and its increasing scope in the past few years.Her leadership in supporting the implementation of Growing Success was also critical in her local district.Barb has also provided support to LSA in facilitating a learning session as part of the LSA provincial annual professional learning.Within Eastern Ontario, Barb served on the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network (EOSDN) Board of Directors from 2014-17.Barb held the position of Vice-Chair of EOSDN from 2014-2016 and Chair for 2016-17 supporting a range of professional learning across the East region.Barb also co-facilitated SOQP Module C, the Provincial Perspective, for EOSDN for 2015-16 and 2016-17 building leadership capacity in the East region.As well, on an annual basis for the past seven years, Barb has delivered a keynote address to all of the Faculty of Education students at Queen’s University focusing on the significance of the School Effectiveness Framework and day-to-day practice of educators in the classroom. Barb served on the OPSOA Board of Directors (East Region) for the past two and half years.As the Eastern Regional Director, she led the organization of the past three OPSOA East Leadership Symposiums.At the provincial level, Barb represented OPSOA on the Math Initiatives Steering Committee and also was the Co-Chair of the 2017 OPSOA conference planning committee.To the Supervisory Officers who brought forward Barb’s name – thank you for recognizing her as a Distinguished Leader.