Governor General David Johnston

Governor General David Johnston recognizes OCENET and OCDSB leadership in international education

 OCENET Executive Director Geoff Best (right) met with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to discuss the OCDSB International Certificate Program and the many other international education initiatives in the OCDSB


His Excellency David Johnston is well known as a strong and tireless advocate for educational innovation, and he was extremely interested in and supportive of the new OCDSB International Certificate Program during a meeting in February at Rideau Hall with Geoff Best, OCENET Executive Director, and Kathy Scheepers, OCENET International Education Coordinator. A meeting that was initially scheduled for 20 minutes extended well beyond an hour. At the recent ceremony for students receiving the OCDSB International Certificate, the Governor General sent a letter to this year’s recipients acknowledging the benefits of the program: “The International Certificate Program you are graduating from today is a shining example of what I like to call the ‘diplomacy of knowledge.’ Unencumbered by borders, language barriers or social restrictions, this approach to global thinking will shape the smarter and more caring Canada of which we dream. Moreover, it will lead to a brighter tomorrow for all of humanity.”

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