Sister Shelley Lawrence, RSCJ
Running for OCSB Zone 9 Trustee - Municipal Elections - Ottawa - October 22, 2018
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Sr. Shelley Lawrence,rscj
Zone 9 Trustee OCSB
Ward 16 (River)
Ward 17 (Capital)
My name is Shelley Lawrence. I live in Zone 9 and know and understand the unique characteristics of this area. I currently volunteer teaching at an adult ESL center in zone 9 and work with my religious community.
I was a chaplaincy leader in the OCSB for 25 years serving in St. Paul H.S., St. Matthew H.S., Immaculata H.S., and, St. Francis Xavier H.S. As a chaplaincy leader, I worked with all in the school community (students, parents and staff) and many in the surrounding community area. I am a recipient of the OCSB Director of Education Commendation (May, 2006) for excellence in education and an Archdiocesan award for my work with youth (2013). I hold a B.A (Economics)., B.Ed., and M.A. I am a Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ), an international order of women serving in 42 countries of the world whose service in the church is education. Because of this call, I want to serve the OCSB as a trustee to promote and support its mission, vision and goals.
“We are reminded that publicly funded Catholic education is a call to service. Regardless of our position or responsibilities within catholic education, our role is a call, birthed in our Baptism, to bring the saving message of Jesus Christ into the lives of those students whom it is our privilege to serve. We are not alone in this task. Jesus promised us the abiding strength of the Holy Spirit to be with us always. But the promise is predicated on our faithful and faith-filled response to that call to serve.”
Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association
What I am passionate about:
Gospel values and social justice
Deep learning – connecting students with the world and its people in new, creative, critical, collaborative and just ways
ESL – continuing to integrate and support new students in our schools so they will achieve success
Equity – continuing to ensure stewardship of resources and a balanced budget that promotes equity, safe, inclusive and accepting schools
A faith that does justice
Catholic education is a unique gift that we all have a responsibility to protect and ensure its continued existence. Catholic schools are places where our students can encounter God who is always present in their lives. This leads to an engagement with life that bears witness to Gospel values, justice and faith.