The Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC) (Association of Franco-Ontarian Catholic School Board) honoured Ms. Anne Dechaine, Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon Trustee for Zone 7 (St-Charles, Markstay-Warren and French River) with its excellence in Catholic education award during its 21st annual congress, which was held from May 23 to May 26 in Cornwall. The prize, which was awarded during the closing ceremony of the congress, recognized the important contributions made by Ms. Dechaine to French-language Catholic education in Ontario.
From 1997 to 2018, Anne Dechaine showed remarkable passion for French-language Catholic education and outstanding work as a school board trustee. During her more than 20 years as a school board trustee, Ms. Dechaine held the title of Vice-President for three terms and President for one. She also sat on various committees, including the Leadership in Catholic Education Committee, the Parent Involvement Committee and the Special Education Advisory Committee. The success of each and every student is extremely important to her and she always sought to ensure that students with special needs had the support and services they needed to succeed.
“Anne Dechaine’s open-mindedness and lasting commitment to encouraging her peers in their roles as school board trustees has spurred them to become leaders in their own right,” stated CSC Nouvelon President Mr. André Bidal.
“Anne is a Christian leader and has always been very active in her school communities,” added Ms. Lyse-Anne Papineau, Director of Education at CSC Nouvelon. “She regularly visited the schools in her zone to celebrate student successes and highlight the exceptional work of staff members. As a volunteer in her parish in Coniston, Anne mentors students and their parents in preparing for the sacraments.”