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Dufort to Work for Ministry of Ed
Dufort to Work for Ministry of Ed
Posted on 10/20/2015

 Chimo Elementary School Principal
to Take on New Role with Ministry

By Mark Calder

(Smiths Falls) - A veteran educator with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) will take on a new role with the Ministry of Education. 

Carole Dufort, principal of Chimo Elementary School, has been hired as an education officer with the Ministry’s Ottawa office. She will begin her new job on November 9.

Working within eastern Ontario, she will act as an adviser to schools and school boards on Ministry of Education legislation, policies and programs, and ensure compliance. She will provide guidance relating to a variety of portfolios such as Safe Schools, Early Learning, French as a Second Language, Aboriginal Education, Equity and Inclusion and Special Education.

“It’s with mixed feelings that I take on my new role,” said Dufort. “I’ve been with this board for 25 years and have had great moments in my career and have loved my time at our board, but this is a wonderful opportunity and a new challenge, and I’m looking forward to the next step in my life.”

Dufort has had a distinguished career with the Upper Canada District School Board. In 2013, she was one of 51 principals across Canada recognized with a Canada’s Outstanding Principals' Award. In 2012, while under her leadership as principal, Caldwell Street Public School won a Health Promotion School Champion Award. She is also a winner of the Ontario Principals’ Council Ted Kennedy Award and a Director’s Extra Mile Award.

She has served in several roles with the Upper Canada District School Board Champions for Kids Foundation, most recently as president.

“We are very proud of the work that Carole has done for Upper Canada, and we know that her skills will be valued as she works with other boards in her new role with the Ministry,” said Charlotte Patterson, UCDSB director of education.

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