Director of Education to Retire at End of Calendar Year

Posted On Monday May 16, 2022

Earlier today, Durham District School Board Director of Education Norah Marsh informed the Board of Trustees that she will be retiring from the DDSB at the end of this calendar year after a 32-year career public education and being with the DDSB since 2019.

Director Marsh has been an innovative change agent in public education as an executive leader for over 16 years across various roles and organizations. Her focus as Director has been on managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on staff, students and families, in addition to advancing important work on staff culture, Indigenous rights, human rights, student engagement, well-being and achievement.

Quote from Director of Education Norah Marsh:

“It has been an honour to work alongside a dedicated staff team in the interest of student success and well-being. I am proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish together over the last three years, providing stability for the community and bringing forward important work centred on Indigenous rights and human rights and a safe and respectful workplace culture.

I would like to thank the Durham community for the lessons that I have learned here that will help inform my future advocacy for public education that is grounded in social justice. I look forward to supporting the important work of the Trustees’ Ignite Learning Strategic Plan over the course of the remainder of this year and a smooth transition for staff as the Board searches for a new director.”

Quote from Carolyn Morton, Chair of the Board of Trustees:

“On behalf of students, staff, the Board of Trustees and our entire Durham District School Board community, I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Director Marsh for her tireless advocacy, her dedicated leadership, and her strong commitment. These last few years have been challenging for all and Norah’s empathetic leadership and ability to provide stability during these trying times, will leave a positive impact on the work of the DDSB for years to come.”