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Bernard Roy to retire from the CECCE

February 11, 2015 OTTAWA – After five years at the helm of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), Bernard Roy is leaving his position as Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer. His career, spanning 34 years in the field of education, has been completely dedicated to serving the students and staff of the French-language Catholic schools in the greater Ottawa area.

CECCE Chair Denis Poirier said, “Bernard Roy is an illustrious product of the system he helped build: he grew up in our schools as a student, then he devoted his entire professional life to it as a teacher, consultant, principal, superintendent and, finally, as Director of Education. He has enjoyed a remarkable career in the field of education.” He added, “The school board trustees thank him for his visionary leadership, his innovation, his emphasis on transparency, and his professional rigour. His commitment to the success and well-being of each and every student, and to the excellence of our schools, services and programs, is undeniable.”

A period of growth

Since Bernard Roy took the reins as Director of Education in 2010, the CECCE has attracted 3,000 new students. Offering high-quality facilities and services has been a priority for him. No less than $150 million was invested in building four new elementary schools and two secondary schools, as well as expanding eight elementary and three secondary schools. This growth allowed 415 additional staff members to be hired to benefit the students, making the CECCE a major economic driver and the largest francophone employer in the Ottawa area, with 2,461 regular and casual employees.

Success from every perspective

Bernard Roy is leaving the organization with a new strategic vision, to “inspire every student to learn, pursue their dreams, and build a better world,” as the CECCE’s mission says. Upon completing secondary school, all students, enriched and inspired by their Catholic and francophone identity, will have reached their full potential by becoming critical and creative thinkers, assertive and mature young adults, and engaged and ethical citizens.

Furthermore, under Bernard Roy’s direction, the CECCE’s students have stood out many times on the tests administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office of Ontario (EQAO). For several years, they have been top ranked in Ontario in reading, writing and mathematics (Grade 3), in mathematics (Grade 6), and on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (Grade 10). As well, the graduation rate is 93% and the student dropout rate has held steady at 1.1% for five years.

A focus on innovation

The innovative projects Bernard Roy is particularly proud of include the specialized programs, such as the addition of 19 FOCUS programs, which give secondary school students authentic learning experiences in a field in the world of work.

The launch of learning in the digital age helps students adapt to a constantly changing world through cooperative activities. It was under Bernard Roy that every school was provided with wireless Internet access. Over five years, a total of 10,000 computers and 1,000 interactive whiteboards were acquired to support our educational and technological initiatives. Today, the CECCE’s schools are properly equipped to integrate pedagogy and new technologies that will allow students to develop their digital citizenship.

It was under Bernard Roy that the International Student Program took flight – indeed, the CECCE is the first French-language school board in Ontario to offer this type of program.

He also oversaw the implementation of bilingualism certification, making the CECCE the first French-language school board outside Quebec to use the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), an internationally recognized standard.

Ultimately, it is with a sense of a job well done that Bernard Roy is retiring from the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est: “I can look back on the past five years at the helm of the CECCE with a tremendous amount of pride. The teamwork of our staff members has allowed us to meet some real challenges and achieve great things,” he said. “Thanks to our dedicated and welcoming staff, the Catholic schools of the CECCE will always be recognized for the excellence of their programs and services and, most of all, for their emphasis on the success and well-being of each and every student. The CECCE is in an excellent position to remain a leader in education.”

Bernard Roy will wrap up his tenure in July 2015. The school board trustees will soon be starting the selection process for the next Director of Education.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

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