The Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO) has announced the appointment of Eugénie Congi as Associate Director of Education, effective June 1, 2021. Congi will officially assume the position of Director of Education and Secretary of the CSDCEO as of September 27, 2021.

Congi previously held positions as superintendent of education at the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Center-Est and the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario. She has 11 years of experience in a senior management role and 25 years in education. The new CSDCEO associate director has also been a school principal and teacher. Congi holds a master’s degree in education and three bachelor’s degrees.

“It is a pleasure to join the great CSDCEO family and I thank the council for the confidence shown in me,” said Congi. “Together, we will develop a vision that will propel the CSDCEO to new heights and we will continue to ensure the well-being and success of every student entrusted to us.”

Francois Turpin will be stepping down after spending seven years as Director of Education and Secretary at the CSDCEO, having completed two strategic plans for the school board. Under Turpin’s leadership, CSDCEO schools have experienced many successes, including the highest graduation rates in the region for many years. Turpin was an important player in the certification of 22 EcoSchools at the CSDCEO, in addition to a growing number of entrepreneurial schools and the resounding success of the board’s Small Entrepreneur Days.

“Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to be supported by people of experience and heart who have always valued the success and well-being of students,” Turpin said. “I am confident for the future of the CSDCEO. All those who work for the CSDCEO are people who care about their school community, regardless of the position held.”

The Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien provides education to more than 10,200 students in several early childhood centres, 25 elementary schools, seven high schools and the Eastern Ontario Education and Training Centre (CÉFEO).