2021-2022 Director’s Citation Award

2021-2022 Director’s Citation Award: Anna Kyriakakis
Posted on 06/08/2022

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 Anna Kyriakakis on receiving the 2021-2022 Director’s Citation Award!


Anna Kyriakakis has been enthusiastically and compassionately supporting students, families, and staff in the OCDSB’s childcare programs for over 19 years. She has dedicated her life to the fundamentals of early learning, all for the benefit of children, families, and the program itself, which grows and evolves every year under her supervision. Anna is inspirational, curious, and ambitious, truly leading the way towards growth and change in the early learning sector. Her positive attitude inspires her colleagues to give their very best at all times: she empowers them to push themselves, to grow and learn new pedagogy, and to be the best versions of themselves professionally and personally. Anna fosters collaboration and connectedness within her team, encouraging each staff member’s creativity while respecting their individual learning styles. She constantly pursues opportunities to improve learning outcomes for children both within and outside of school, as she has done through continuous professional development and joining initiatives like the Infant, Early Childhood Mental Health Committee with the City of Ottawa. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Anna provided countless learning opportunities for her team, beyond expected childcare models, to include children’s mental health outcomes, Trauma Informed Care practices, and more. She designs culturally sensitive environments that promote enrichment, sense of belonging, and settlement for children new to Canada, and supports their parents too. Over the years many parents have returned to thank Anna for her support during their settlement in Canada, and students return to invite her to graduations and other celebrations. What a wonderful demonstration of Anna’s impact!


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

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