Excellence in Governance Shortlisted

NPSCDSB Shortlisted for Excellence in Governance Award
Posted on 09/16/2022

The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (NPSC) is honoured to be shortlisted for an
Excellence in Governance award, in the “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” category, through the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC). 

In a September 15, 2022 news release, GPC announced the shortlist for the 2022 Excellence in Governance awards, which recognizes and celebrates the dedication and contribution that governance professionals, their boards, and their organizations make toward raising the bar on good governance practices in Canada.  NPSC joins 22 organizations from a variety of sectors, and is the only school board shortlisted for this national award.

“As Board Chair, I am extremely proud and honoured to have the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board receive this national recognition for governance excellence.”, said Leo de Jourdan. 

NPSC has proven to be a leader in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a result of the leadership of its Board of Trustees in the implementation of its governance model.  The Policy Governance Model® ensures the Board’s focus on outcomes for students is clear and maintains its vision and priorities in Catholic faith, equity, diversity, student achievement, and well-being in a fiscally responsible manner and with accountability to community stakeholders and ratepayers. 

The nomination for the Excellence in Governance award focuses specifically on the work of NPSC in the areas of Indigenous Education, Special Education, and Mental Health.  The nomination highlights the Board’s leadership in facilitating ownership linkage with community stakeholders including our Indigenous community, its strong history of receiving input and advice from its Special Education Advisory Committee, the early development of key governance policies focused on Indigenous Student Trustee representation, and its collective work in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action with Catholic faith as our foundation.
Board Chair de Jourdan adds, “This recognition is reflective of the enduring dedication and contributions made by the Board of Trustees and Senior Administration, who strive to provide the best possible student experience in the learning environments of our Catholic schools that respect diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This is evident not only in our Board policies but also in a much more visible way through the relationships, programming, activities, and celebrations that take place within our schools.  We acknowledge the effort of our dedicated teachers and staff who create these conditions on a daily basis in the hallways and classrooms, and we are honoured to share this recognition with them.”

The final award winners in each category will be announced and celebrated on November 17, 2022, at the 9th annual GPC Excellence in Governance Awards evening to be held in Toronto.

Original Story: July 5, 2022

The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (NPSC) is honoured to be nominated for the
Excellence in Governance Awards through the Governance Professionals of Canada in three categories. 

The awards recognize the important contribution that organizations, their Boards, and Governance Professionals make in terms of best practices, that build and sustain stakeholder value in Canada.  NPSC has been nominated for an award in each of the following categories:

  1. Board / Director Effectiveness

  2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  3. Engagement

The Excellence in Governance Awards reflects an inclusive and open process, and all Canadian organizations from all sectors are invited to take an opportunity to receive recognition for their innovative governance practices and to be celebrated for their accomplishments.

NPSC has a rich history of being a leader and innovator in the implementation of the Policy Governance Model.”, says Board Chair Leo de Jourdan.  “For over two decades, the leadership of both the Board of Trustees and its Director of Education in implementing this governance model has allowed the organization to grow, realize its ENDs, be a leader in diversity and inclusion, and exercise a high degree of engagement with its community.  It is a deep honour to receive these nominations and is a testament to the collective work of our Board, both past and present, in the service of our students and Catholic Education.”, he adds.

A shortlist of finalists for the awards will be released in September 2022, and winners will be announced and celebrated on Thursday November 17 in Toronto.