Meet OCENET: Jill Doherty

Jill Doherty, Academic Advisor

1. What are some of your main roles at OCENET?

I believe my main role is that of an academic advisor to international students at 10 of our secondary schools and a liaison between OCENET and the students and staff at those schools. Through reviewing report cards I can keep track of how students are doing and speak to or email counselors and teachers on how to support these students. I also communicate with other colleagues at OCENET about our students and respond to requests from agents, parents and prospective students.

Another role is developing and refining our procedures for initial assessment. Donna Bass and I are especially proud of how we have developed an effective online assessment tool for use during the pandemic. Our students find the process to be a comfortable experience and our assessors like the fact there are no interruptions and they can focus on getting to know the student. A win-win for both.

2. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?

I enjoy interacting with all my colleagues at OCENET, my teacher contacts at the schools and the students I meet with. It is always satisfying and fulfilling.

3. What have been some of your OCENET accomplishments?

Donna and I have been able to attract and keep a special group of retired teachers to help us with assessments during our busy intake periods. They are so dependable and professional and we all get along famously.

I am also proud of the connections I have made with our school contact teachers whom I can call at a moment's notice and receive help or direction.

4. What new projects are you working on at OCENET?

Donna and I have been developing and adapting assessment materials for a changing student population.

More and more students are coming with higher levels of English while others are coming for Grade 12 with a stated goal of graduation from the Ontario school system.

5. What are some of your interests outside of work?

I love being physically active and am fortunate to still be able to hike, golf, cycle and xcountry ski. Literacy is a passion for me and during the pandemic I have spent time reading with my grandchildren in person and on Zoom.

I am also a long time member of the Grassroot Grannies connected to the Stephen Lewis Foundation which supports African grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren.

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