The duties of CSPA Representatives/Alternates of a school in good standing are; to attend and participate in school council meetings and other activities; report to, and consult with school councils on issues referred to it by the Board and/or the Catholic School Parents' Association; and vote at Catholic School Parents' Association Meetings. (In the absence of the Member and Alternate, these duties may be filled by the School Council Chair or by another delegate of the School Council.)
When voting, Members/Alternates will be asked to represent, to the best of their knowledge, the opinions of parents in their school community. On issues with sufficient lead time, Members/Alternates are responsible for voting to express the majority view of the School Council they represent. It is expected that any significant minority opinions will also be communicated to the Catholic School Parents' Association either in writing or orally, during the discussions that precede a vote.
CSPA Chair/ Co-Chairs / Vice-Chair
The Chair administers the affairs of the Catholic School Parents' Association and ensures that all decisions and actions approved by the general membership are implemented. The Chair heads (leads) CSPA meetings and prepares the agenda for such meetings with advice from the other executive members and committee representatives. The Chair also represents the views of the CSPA to the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), the Ministry of Education, the media, and elsewhere, as required. These responsibilities may be shared equally with a Co-Chair or Vice-Chair. Such determinations are to be made by the individuals standing for election each year. A Past Chair (non-voting; 1-year position) is appointed at the discretion of CSPA Executive if the experience of the past chair is required.
Cathy Philpott, Past Chair delegate from St. Mark High School
The Treasurer is responsible for: the collection of all voluntary fees; the preparation and reporting of expenditures; the collection of monies; and the reporting of the financial balance at each Meeting. In addition, the Treasurer also prepares on an annual basis, a written financial statement and prepares, as required, cheques for signature of appropriate signing officers.
CSPA Liaison Officers
Liaison Officers act as a point of contact for a certain number of School Councils, as determined by the Executive, and collectively represent a cross-section of educational interests as determined by the Executive. Liaison Officers attend and participate in Executive and Catholic School Parents' Association Meetings and may choose areas of specialization with the agreement of the Executive as a whole. Such areas may include, but are not limited to - Secondary School Issues, Elementary Panel Issues, Safe Schools, Budgets and Finance, and Facilities.
Sherisse Al Sabeh delegate from St. Patrick's High School
Samantha Azar, delegate from St. Andrew School
Ana Barrett delegate from Holy Cross School
Theresa McGowan-Beard delegate from St. Stephen School
Note: The Ottawa Catholic School Board's Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is invited to elect/appoint a parent representative from their Committee to act as Liaison/Advocate for Special Education on the Executive of the Catholic School Parents' Association. Learn more about SEAC