The Renfrew County Catholic District School Board has announced the appointment of two new superintendents to its administrative staff. The appointments will take effect on September 15th.
Elizabeth Burchat, Principal at St. John Bosco School in Barry’s Bay, as well as having responsibility for the School Effectiveness program, has been named to one of the two posts as Superintendent of Educational Services. She will be responsible for the Kindergarten to Grade 6 Program, including the School Effectiveness Framework, Indigenous Education, Early Years, French as a Second Language, summer school, assessment and evaluation, and EQAO liaison, among other duties. Burchat, who has been a principal at RCCDSB since 2004, will replace Jaimie Perry, who has been appointed RCCDSB’s Director of Education for 2017–2018.
Mary-Lise Rowat, Principal of St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Arnprior, has also been appointed to the post of Superintendent of Educational Services. Rowat was also RCCDSB’s Principal Math Lead for 2016–2017. Rowat’s responsibilities will include Special Education, Safe Schools, and Mental Health and Well-Being priorities, as well as healthy schools, health and safety for pupils, equity and inclusion, environmental and outdoor education, among other duties. Rowat replaces Peter Adam, who is retiring effective September 15th. She has been with the RCCDSB since 1993, and has worked as a principal since 2007.
“My fellow trustees and I are delighted with both these two appointments,” said Board Chair Howard. “Both of the successful candidates have proven themselves as inspiring leaders and strong team players. Over their years at RCCDSB, they both have demonstrated remarkable skills in collaborative team work, resilience and critical thinking. They will greatly strengthen our Board administration.”
Jaimie Perry, incumbent Director of Education, said he is confident that both Burchat and Rowat will nurture the Board’s legacy of high-quality, faith-based education. “Elizabeth and Mary-Lise will be great assets on the Board’s administrative team. With the addition of their combined experience, energy and collaborative leadership capabilities, our team can continue to focus on RCCDSB schools to believe in.”
June 5, 2017
For further information, please contact:
Michele Arbour, Director of Education
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
499 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, ON K8A 5P1
Phone: 613-735-1031 or 1-800-267-0191