The Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario (CSPNE) announced the appointment of Ms. Julie Cull as the new Director of Social Services.
Ms. Cull will begin her new role on Monday, August 8.
Ms. Cull holds an Honours B.A. in Psychology from Laurentian University and has additional training and certification. She has extensive knowledge and experience in psychotherapy, mental health and social services. She has strong analytical and problem-solving skills and has experience working in the organizational and institutional sectors to lead the social services sector of the CSPNE.
A natural leader with superior interpersonal skills, Ms. Cull has expertise in ministry initiatives in the area of school-based mental health, multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral teams and relational approaches, particularly in the area of special education and the intersection of special needs and school-based mental health. In addition, her community involvement on several committees has allowed her to expand the scope of her knowledge and skills in order to ensure the health, safety, well-being and development of Northern Ontario communities.
For the past several years, Ms. Cull has worked closely with the CSPNE team in contributing to wellness and mental health initiatives through her work with the Consortium des élèves du nord de l'Ontario (CÉNO).
"We are very proud to have the opportunity to welcome Ms. Cull to the team," said Director of Education Yves Laliberté said in a release.
"We know that she will be able to maintain the excellence of the social services offered to the students of the CSPNE schools while aligning with the strategic plan and helping to maintain optimal organizational health."
Julie Cull's appointment fills the vacancy left by Melanie Ciccone who announced her departure a few weeks ago to pursue a new challenge in the Timmins community. The CSPNE thanks Ms. Ciccone for her dedication and commitment to the well-being of our school communities for many years.
"We wish Ms. Cull and Ms. Ciccone every success in their new professional endeavors," officials added in the release.
In accordance with universal values, the CSPNE covers an area of 46,453 km2 and provides the communities of Hearst, Kapuskasing, Iroquois Falls, Timmins, Temiskaming Shores, Sturgeon Falls, North Bay and Parry Sound with quality French-language education. Close to 2,100 northeastern Ontario students have chosen French-language public schools.