Leadership Recognition

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


Our student council consists of 2 representatives elected from each class, and a seven member executive elected by the Council. They meet once a cycle, following an agenda set by the executive and chaired by the co-presidents, to discuss current issues, plan special events (e.g. a Youth Peace Conference, dances, spirit days) and organize fundraising (e.g. for our local food bank, Kids Free the Children). The communication liaison established through council ensures a student voice is heard in decision-making and school based planning. Student leadership is also encouraged through a myriad of extra-curricular activities. A number of our current students volunteer to serve as officials at our invitational tournaments. We also have a group of reliable alumni who volunteer their time at events such as our Family Barbecue and Stock Market. Student accomplishments and contributions are recognized in school announcements, newsletters, assemblies, reports to parent council, and end of term and year end awards ceremonies.


Every staff member demonstrates leadership in a broad range of initiatives which promote a safe, caring, engaging learning environment, targeting success for all students. As a result of our collective “Glashan Global Village” efforts, we were recognized by Today’s Parent magazine as one of the best elementary schools in the country in the category of “Respectful Environment”. Other achievements recognized were: the Provincial Volleyball championship, several regional sports banners and championships, the Platinum Award from the Canadian Association for Health & Physical Education, the ESIS Ethno-cultural Equity award, and in areas related to Art, Technology, Math and Literacy.


Our dedicated School Council meets monthly. Over time, they have raised funds to support our instrumental music program, greening the school yard, purchasing sports equipment, assisting students who are in financial need and many other special initiatives. The Council is responsible for our Pizza Day program which takes place on a weekly basis. The Council also supports the parent-driven Glashan Greening Project which is an ambitious plan to refurbish and enhance our school yard. Our dedicated parents volunteer to drive students to sports events, supervise on field trips, and readily support school activities and initiatives. We also benefit from many volunteers who come to us from the community through the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE). We highly value our partnership with our parents, guardians and volunteers and on an on-going basis we acknowledge and thank them in school announcements, our newsletters and our principal’s report to School Council.


Glashan has a broad repertoire of community partnerships that enhance all different areas of curriculum and extracurricular activities. Some examples of our community partners past and present include:

• Education Foundation of Ottawa and MASC Arts Smart grant in support of our Visual Arts program – an artist works with students on murals celebrating our diversity and commitment to respect

• Algonquin College Child and Youth Worker program

• University of Ottawa Student Teachers

• European Glass and Paint provides material support to our Design and Technology program

• Glebe Collegiate co-op students and peer facilitators work with our students

• Bank of Montreal and the Learning Partnerships, Yoga Santosha Centre, Wellness on the Rideau, Staples and the Kiwanis Club are some of our other valued partners.

• Students supporting the Food Bank through food drives and dances

• We recognize our community partners through our school announcements, newsletters, principal’s report to School Council, thank you cards and invitations to school events.

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