CDSBEO Director of Education Gartland set to retire in January

August 30, 2017 by

GartlandDirector of Education for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, Bill Gartland (pictured), has announced his retirement from the Board.

He will leave the Board effective January 2018.

Gartland has served as teacher and administrator in Catholic education for the past 32 years. He has held the position of CDSBEO Director of Education for the past 11 years, and previously held the position of Superintendent of Human Resources with the Board prior to becoming Director. He also held positions as Principal, Vice-Principal and teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, where he also served as Assistant to the Director and Manager of Corporate Affairs.

Director Gartland has overseen many initiatives within the CDSBEO, including the development of several notable mental health initiatives, for which the Board was recognized by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada with two awards. He has made tremendous contributions to improved student achievement, and strengthened and expanded community outreach through the development of new partnerships and coordinated response initiatives.

Over the 11 years he has been Director of Education, Gartland has served on many provincial committees as well. He has also been a mentor to new Catholic Directors of Education, and has been involved in the community through various swimming and alpine skiing youth competitions.

“I have enjoyed my vocation as an educator during these past 32 years,” noted Gartland. “Of course, it is difficult to leave, and I will miss the people from all parts of our Board. We are a great Catholic community and I leave with a spirit of appreciation for all the blessings I have been given over the years. It has been a tremendously rewarding career.”

CDSBEO Chair Todd Lalonde noted that Gartland has guided the Board with a great vision for positive growth that has resonated throughout CDSBEO schools. “We are most grateful to Bill for having accepted the challenge as Director some 11 years ago. Under his guidance, the CDSBEO has continued to excel as one of the most highly regarded Catholic boards in the province. We wish him a long and healthy retirement. The Board will miss his leadership.”