HomeSudbury News

Sudbury Catholic board names Joanne Bénard new director

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | May 19, 2014 - 1:50 PM |
Joanne Bénard has been named the new director of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. File photo.

Joanne Bénard has been named the new director of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. File photo.

Takes over reins from Catherine McCullough

Joanne Bénard has been named the new director of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.

Bénard joins the board from her current position as superintendent of education with the Nippissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board in North Bay, where she has held her position since 2001.

Bénard graduated from the University of Ottawa and Nippissing University and holds a masters degree of education.

Effective July 1, Bénard will be replacing Catherine McCullough who has served as director for seven years.

“Throughout her career, Joanne has consistently demonstrated her very strong leadership skills, and the fact that she leads with integrity and compassion,” said Jody Cameron, chair of the board.

“Joanne's outstanding accomplishments, and connection to her board, community and province makes it quite evident that she will be a huge asset to our already strong senior administration team, as well as the entire Sudbury Catholic community.”

Under her direction as superintendent, Bénard has led several programs including Kindergarten to Grade 12 supervision, French as a Second Language, early learning, board leadership and development strategies, parent engagement, and equality and inclusive education.

In her community, Bénard has been involved with numerous organizations including serving on the board of directors for the North Bay and District Multicultural Centre, is chair of the Nippssing, Parry Sound Student Support Leadership Committee and is chair of the Crown Ward Championship Team of Parry Sound and Muskoka.

Provincially, Bénard serves as the chair of the Ontario Institute for Educational Leadership (her second term) and also is a part of both the Principal Workload Study Group, as well as the French as a Second Language Provincial Working Group.

“I am truly honoured and privileged to have the opportunity of working with the board of trustees in serving the students, parents and staff of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.” said Bénard.

“I look forward to building upon the board's solid foundation in building schools focused on academic excellence and student success.”

Bénard will be in attendance at the May 20 regular Board meeting and will be introduced at that time.

Like what you're reading? Click here to make us your homepage today!

Reader's Feedback may contain content submitted by readers, usually in the form of article comments. All reader comments and any opinions, advice, statements or other information contained in any messages posted or transmitted by any third party are the responsibility of the author of that message and not of The fact that a particular message is posted on or transmitted using this web site does not mean that has endorsed that message in any way or verified the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. We encourage visitors to to report any objectionable content by clicking the "X" on the top right of the comment in question. Comment Guidelines

Local Business Directory