Brid McDonald wins national principal award

posted Sep 1, 2016, 12:40 PM by School Websites   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 8:27 AM ]
St. Patrick's High School's Brid McDonald was named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals™ for 2016. Every year, principals from across the country are nominated by their peers, school staff and community members with finalists narrowed down by a national selection committee. She is among 40 exceptional Canadian educators who are being celebrated by The Learning Partnership for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.

Brid will join the ranks of other illustrious OCSB Principals who have won this award: Jim Rogers (2015), Jane Hill (2013), Jennifer Oake (2012), Tom D'Amico (2007) and Eugene Milito (2005). She is also now a member of the National Academy of Canada's Outstanding Principals™, which now boasts almost 400 members. The National Academy offers principals ongoing networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities so they can constantly enhance their leadership skills.

"The strength of our world-renowned public education system is built on great principals, who are educators, managers and leaders in their schools and communities," says Akela Peoples, President and CEO of The Learning Partnership. "These dedicated principals contribute tremendously to creating nurturing learning environments to enable all students to succeed. We are delighted to celebrate their achievement and contribution, and recognize them as important leaders in Canadian society."

All 40 winners will be recognized at the 12th annual Canada's Outstanding Principals™ gala on February 23rd, 2016, in Toronto. They will also benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership training program at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. They will also participate in a "Changing World of Work" day where they learn about today's workforce from notable business leaders.

"In Education, we are on sacred ground.  We are charged with the growth and development of young people who become the voice of our future.  By honouring the unique voice of each student and teacher, we have the ability to create a learning environment where all can grow and accomplish goals."

Brid McDonald, Principal of St. Patrick's High School

A profile of an outstanding principal

Brid McDonald began her career in education 25 years ago as a teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and joined St. Patrick's High School in 2013. She has served as a secondary school principal for the past 10 years, and has made a tremendous impact on the school and local community. Here are some of the reason's Brid was highlighted as an outstanding principal:
  • She believes a school should be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable, and adopted the mantra "what is essential for some is good for all."
  • She supported the establishment of a school Robotics program, winning accolades across the country.
  • She created a Literacy Committee to increase success rate for Grade 10 students writing the provincial literacy test, realizing an impressive 10% increase in the success rate.
  • She was selected as one of 10 principals in Ontario to sit on the Minister of Education's Principal Reference Group to help address challenges in education.
  • She chaired the Aboriginal Education Steering Committee and hosted a "Legacy of Hope" event to promote awareness and understanding about the legacy of residential schools and its impact.
"Brid is a Catholic leader of tremendous vision, energy, and exemplary follow through.  Her faith is evident in all that she does, and she is a true role model for students, staff, and the greater school community.  She inspires other staff members to see the best in every student and supports them in ensuring students are very well served."

Denise Andre, OCSB Director of Education
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