School Council Members

Please join us in welcoming our new St. Emily Catholic School Council. A Virtual Election was held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

St. Emily Catholic School Council 


Chairperson – Janice Vanderwel

Vice-Chairperson - Kelly Fry

Secretary - Reneé Cooper

Treasurer - Emalie Ujjainwalla

Co-Treasurer - Carolina Cieniak

CSPA Representative - Helen Svoboda Dorner

Fundraising Representative - Megan Pettit

Lunch Representative - Justyna Arkuszewska

Parish Representative - Monika Ozorowski

Members at Large -  Fidelia Addison, Selvan Assiskumarn, Sarah Qandan-Nazarenko, Julie Woito

Teacher/Resources Representative - Kristjan Murphy

Council News & Information

Welcome to the St. Emily School Council 

Recognized as one of Canada's top 25 schools for our efforts to overcome challenges, our work is not done. Our Catholic School Council strives to be active and vital in our school community.  St. Emily is a wonderful school and the enhancements that our Council provides to our students through curricular and co-curricular events and tools is invaluable.  Your support in our activities and fundraising always goes directly back to our school community in many ways.

The St. Emily Catholic School Council works in cooperation with the principal and school staff to ensure the best for our students.  We need your help and participation to continue to make St. Emily School a wonderful place to learn. 

OCSB Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)

The Ottawa Catholic School Board Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is a provincially mandated committee made up of parents, a trustee, a principal and the Director of Education. The purpose of PIC is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the school board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being. The parent members of the OCSB PIC are appointed by CSPA. 

Learn more about OCSB's PIC on the PIC page of the Board website.

The Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA)
 is a volunteer group representing the parents in our school board. We are a resource for school councils and the parent community for information on local and provincial education issues. Through our website, Twitter, and email newsletters we provide updates on education in Ottawa & Ontario; plus we share great tips, resources and information to help parents support their children in school. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join our e-mail list, follow us on Twitter or attend CSPA monthly meetings.

Visit the CSPA website to learn more about CSPA and the work we do to support parents and their children in our schools.

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Council Meeting Information

The St. Emily Catholic School Council (CSC) meetings are held on the second Tuesday (except December & March) of each month. Meetings are held 6:30 pm in the St. Emily Learning Commons. All parents/guardians are encouraged to attend - we value your input.

2019-20 Meeting Dates

September 28, 2020

October 13, 2020

November 10,2020

January 12,2021

February 9,2021

April 13,2021

May 11, 2021

June 8,2021

2019-20 Meeting agendas & minutes

2018-19 Meeting agendas & minutes

2017-18 Meeting agendas & minutes

2016-17 Meeting minutes