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ONFE Board Spotlight: Denise Andre, Vice-Chair of ONFE’s Board of Directors

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Denise Andre, Vice Chair ONFE
In our second ONFE Board Spotlight, we are featuring our wonderful Vice-Chair, Denise Andre.


Denise Andre joined the ONFE Board of Directors in 2015, following her appointment as Director of Education of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). Denise’s career in education spans four decades, and has included the role of teacher, vice-principal/principal, Superintendent, and Associate Director. As the Director of Education of a board serving over 83 schools and close to 44,000 students, Denise sees the value that ONFE brings to the K-12 education scene in Ottawa: “ONFE is unique in that it brings key partners to the table, from education, business, and the community to best serve the needs of our students.” 

ONFE’s focus areas of career readiness, learning, health, and well-being support the many aspects of school life. The OCSB partners with ONFE in necessary services such as the School Breakfast Program and substance abuse intervention support, as well as innovative career readiness programming such as JA Ottawa and Employer Connections. “As a Director of Education who sees on the ground the impact that ONFE has on the lives of of our students, I am always impressed with the creativity and passion of ONFE staff who work with our dedicated school board staff to make a positive difference in the lives of our students.” 

As Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, a member of the governance committee, and a planning committee member for the Spark Soirée, a gala benefiting the School Breakfast Program, Denise is a proud advocate of ONFE. “I travel throughout Ontario and Canada meeting many other educational leaders, and I have yet to see the ONFE model of education, business, and community partnership that exists here in Ottawa.”

“It does ‘take a village’. ONFE is very much that village to so many students we serve, and we are grateful for our partnership.” 


This article is part of a series which profiles our Board of Directors. For more information about ONFE’s board members: 


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