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Lynch-Getty Award

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Lynch-Getty Award


Alex Getty and Ron Lynch, both former Ottawa-Carleton Education Network (OCENET) board members and active supporters of international education, believed that learning to communicate and act globally was important to creating a world where people strive to understand and help those near and far. To recognize Ron and Alex’s contribution to the Ottawa-Carleton Education Network and commitment to international learning and cooperation, OCENET established the Lynch-Getty Global Student Award in 2010.

The Lynch-Getty award will be presented to four students each year attending school in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board – this award is intended for both Canadian residents as well as international fee-paying students within the OCDSB. The students will have demonstrated leadership in their community and involvement in groups, events and activities that foster cross cultural learning and understanding in school and in the community. Participation in international exchange programs, intercultural clubs, international volunteer programs, peer tutoring, student organizations, charity groups, and community associations are some activities that would help to support an application for the award.

Each recipient will receive an award valued at $1,000 CAD that is to be used upon graduation towards post-secondary education or a volunteer experience outside Canada.

 Application 2018-2019 is now Open!

Available to all students in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in grade 12 in the 2018/2019 school year.


 Application Form for 2018-2019

 Who is Eligible?

The awards will be presented to up to four students who:

  • Are in the Ottawa-Carleton Dstrict School Board in Grade 12
  • Have demonstrated leadership in local projects that involved cross-cultural initiatives and which helped to effect a better understanding of other cultures
  • Have received a minimum 75% average in their most recently completed school year

 Application Process

To be eligible for consideration, every application must include:

  • A fully completed and signed application
  • An essay of approximately 400 words describing their leadership in cross-cultural contexts
  • Two letters of support or confirmation from the group, groups, or individuals who are infomed or well aware of the student's involvement 
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, or school official
  • A school transcript for the previous and current school year

 Selection Process

Each application is reviewed by a selection panel and four recipients are chosen by the end of May, 2019.


Completed applications and supporting materials must be sent and postmarked no later than Monday, April 15, 2019 (4:00 p.m.) to:

Ottawa International Projects and Exchanges (OIPE) Division
Ottawa-Carleton Education Network (OCENET)
Albert Education Centre
440 Albert Street, Room E123b 
Ottawa, ON K1R 5B5Re: Lynch-Getty Global Student Award
Att: Constantine Ioannou, Program Director

By Fax: (613) 239-0494 
By Email:

 The awards will be presented before the end of June at graduation ceremonies.

 All applicants will be notified in writing in June 2019 as to their status.

 2017-2018 Recipients

The following students were selected for the Lynch-Getty Award for 2017-2018 – provided for by the Ottawa-Carleton Education Network. Each student was awarded $1,000 CAD from OCENET and a plaque which was presented at their graduation ceremony.

  • Bethany Anne McMorine - Canterbury High School

  • Feras Balbous - Hillcrest High School

  • Mawaia Abd Hussein Elkbouli - Brookfield High School

  • Najla Ahmed Mohamed - Ridgemont High School

 Najla Mohamed received the Lynch-Getty Global Student Award from OCDSB Superintendent of Instruction Shawn Lehman at the Ridgemont HS Graduation Ceremony in June 2018

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