2021-2022 Director’s Citation Award

2021-2022 Director’s Citation Award: Pauline McKenna
Posted on 06/13/2022

The Director’s Citation Award and Employee Recognition Awards are an annual opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the work of OCDSB staff, and the positive impact they have had on students, colleagues, and families across the District.

We are pleased to share that a staff member from our school community has been recognized this year. Congratulations to Pauline McKenna, Principal, for receiving the 2021-2022 Director’s Citation Award!


Pauline McKenna embodies Kanata Highlands’ motto, “Be Open, Be Curious, Be Kind”, in everything she does. Equity underlines much of her work, as she empowers staff to move forward in their own personal journeys of bringing equity to the forefront of their practice. She regularly coordinates guest speakers and workshops to help herself and other staff see their unconscious biases and behaviours, and with how these can affect students and families. Pauline sets the tone for open, welcoming, and honest dialogue without judgement, which helps staff to be open and learn. Pauline is always seeking additional equity training and pursuing individual learning opportunities through reading, that she then shares and encourages among other staff. She regularly assesses library books through an equity lens, encouraging educators to do the same with their classroom libraries and surroundings. When the school first opened, Pauline set up a map of the world on the ground floor and encouraged families to post a sticker to show where their family origins are from. This map is still hanging in the school, and students enjoy stopping to look at and discuss it! She fosters a kind, open and inclusive environment with students, knows each of them by name, and understands their successes and needs. Many staff and student successes at Kanata Highlands Public School are due to Pauline’s focus on creating an open, curious, and kind environment, celebrating differences, and keeping equity at the forefront of the school’s practices. It’s no mistake that KHPS is a community of learners that celebrate each other’s unique stories – it’s due to Pauline’s dedicated focus on uplifting each and every person in her school community!


To learn more about the awards and the other recipients, visit the OCDSB website.
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