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KPSDB appoints new Superintendent of Business

09 May. 2017

Media Release - May 9, 2017

Trustees of the KPDSB are pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Findlay to Superintendent of Business and Chief Financial Officer for the Board, effective July 2017.

Findlay began his accounting career with the Kenora Board of Education in 1992 and has since worked in both the private and public sectors throughout Northwestern Ontario.  He has held leadership roles in accounting, finance, and business consulting and for the past nine years has owned his own public practice accounting firm in Kenora.  Findlay is active in his community, he has been coaching youth sports for nearly two decades, and is currently an elected Director on the Copperfin Credit Union board.

Findlay stated ““My career journey has come full circle and I am back at Keewatin-Patricia where I started out.  With experience in both the private and public sectors, I hope to bring a unique perspective to the senior management team.  Together we all have an opportunity to contribute in innovative ways to the development of our students.” He added “I am excited and honoured to be joining an organization dedicated and devoted to putting kids first. I share this vision and I am here to support the success of all students in our board in any way possible.  I look forward to working with our dedicated, hard-working, and passionate staff throughout the system.”

Dave Penney, Chair of the KPDSB Board of Trustees, said “We welcome Richard to our organization and look forward to working closely with him.  His expertise will be a valuable resource for our organization and we wish him all the best in his new role.”

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, added “We are pleased to have Richard assume the role as Superintendent of Business for the KPDSB; his experiences in both public and private sectors, as well as his unwavering commitment to kids make this addition to an already strong Senior Administration, a natural fit. As Director I am pleased for the KPDSB, and welcome his innovative thinking to a restructured organization, built for the future, built for kids."

Dean Carrie, current Superintendent of Business, will be retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year after 30 years with the public school board.

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KPDSB students participating in provincial Skills Ontario Competition in Toronto

02 May. 2017

Media Release - May 2, 2017

14 students from the KPDSB traveled to Thunder Bay in early April to compete in the Skills Ontario Qualifying Competitions at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.  Students from Beaver Brae, Dryden High and Queen Elizabeth represented the KPDSB and their schools by demonstrating their skills in culinary, small engines, carpentry, video production, and welding.  It was the largest group of students to date to attend a Skills Ontario qualifier from the KPDSB. 

All of our students, while up against tough competition from students across the region, placed in every area of the Skilled Trades qualifier.  They each earned themselves a bid to the provincial competition currently underway in Toronto (May 1-3, 2017), where they are facing off against top competitors from across the province. Our students’ participation in Toronto also marks the largest group of qualifying students to ever attend a provincial competition for the KPDSB.

Richard Hodgkinson, Alternative Learning Lead for the KPDSB, said “Good luck to all of our students currently competing in the Skills Ontario Provincial Competition.  Your dedication and passion has lead you to where you are today and we are very proud of your accomplishments.”

Hodgkinson continued, speaking to the importance of skilled trade opportunities for secondary students in the area “We want to prepare our secondary school’s youth for the highly-skilled economy of tomorrow. We offer multiple programs in all our secondary schools including Specialist High Skills Majors, School College Work Initiative Dual Credits, Cooperative Education, Peer Mentoring, and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship to help students engage, learn and develop their skills. These enable and empower all our youth, including females and Indigenous youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies.   Through the Skills Ontario Competition, programs and our regular technology courses are just another way to help students decide their pathway when they graduate.”

Carpentry Competition

Culinary Competition

Small Engine Competition

Video Production Competition

Welding Competition

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Ontario Special Needs Strategy Update for Families - Rehabilitation Services

01 May. 2017

Please click here to download a pdf version of the update and letter to families.

Dear Families,

As a family whose child may be receiving or waiting for rehabilitation services (speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy), we are writing to provide you with an update on upcoming improvements to the delivery of children’s rehabilitation services in your community.

As you may know, in 2014 the government launched the Special Needs Strategy in response to feedback received from families to improve the timeliness, effectiveness and coordination of the services that children and youth with special needs require to fully participate at home, at school, in the community and to achieve goals for adulthood.

A key initiative of the Special Needs Strategy is the integrated delivery of rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology, for children and youth from birth to school exit.
Over the past year, service providers – including community-based Preschool Speech and Language providers, District School Boards, Community Care Access Centres and Children’s Treatment Centres – in communities across the province have worked to develop locally integrated, family-centred ways to deliver children’s rehabilitation services to improve family service experiences and outcomes for children and youth with special needs. In doing so, service providers have engaged with families and youth in our communities to seek their input.

What is Changing?

Once the improvements are implemented, children and youth with rehabilitation service needs and their families will have:
 A seamless service experience from birth to school exit, with no gaps in service as children transition to school or between service providers;

  • Child, youth and family centred service as parents and children/youth work together with service providers and educators to set goals based on their individual needs and strengths;
  •  Access to a broad range of high quality interventions (classroom, parent training, educator consultation) in settings that are most appropriate to their needs, and as convenient as possible to families; and
  •  Continuous and consistent services throughout the calendar year regardless of who delivers them in the community.

Following the ministries’ review of initial local proposals, service providers are now beginning to refine their proposals based on consultation with stakeholders. Based on feedback gathered, they will then begin to develop local plans for implementation of their new local models for the integrated delivery of rehabilitation services in each community.

When Will These Changes Take Place?

These changes will be phased in so that they will not disrupt any services your child may currently be receiving in the community or school. Families currently waiting for services will maintain their place on the waitlist. There will be no reduction in service capacity as a result of this change. Implementation of new service delivery models is expected to begin as early as Fall 2018.

We will continue to work together across service providers in the community to ensure that there will be no gaps in services for your child and that any changes will be seamless for you and your family.

How Can I Get More Information?

We will continue to keep you informed as the new model is developed in your community.

You can also visit the Ministry of Children & Youth Services website at www.children.gov.on.ca for more information about the special needs strategy in Ontario.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact: Sean Monteith, Keewatin Patricia DSB, 807 468 5571 ext 236

Sincerely,

Joan Kantola
Superintendent of Education
Keewatin Patricia District School Board

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Jack Talks Session in Kenora - Free Community Event on May 2, 2017 at 7:00pm

28 Apr. 2017

Please click here to view the event poster for our Jack Talks Session!

To recognize Children’s Mental Health Week, May 1-7th, we are hosting a Jack Talks session for all families in Kenora and the surrounding areas.

The session features young leaders who discuss how to identify a mental health crisis, how to seek help, and how to support a friend who may be struggling by sharing their own experiences.

Please join us at Beaver Brae on Tuesday, May 2, for this free community event.

 

 

 

 

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It's Time to Register for the KPDSB's Hockey Canada Skills Academies for the 2017-18 School Year!

24 Apr. 2017

It's time to register for the our popular Hockey Canada Skills Academies in Dryden/Vermilion Bay, Kenora/Sioux Narrows, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake/Ear Falls and Ignace!

Please click on the links below for registration information by area:

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