As we’re one month into the academic year, CCSTA has a lot to be grateful for this time of year.
Here’s just a sampling of our gratitude:
-The foliage: There are few better sites than witnessing the fall colours come alive. The reds, oranges and yellows brighten the landscape, and we appreciate the season’s message of transition, change and comfort.
It takes a special couple who can travel 3,100 kilometres together in a car.
But Norm and Colleen Easson did it with ease, as they took a trip of a lifetime to Yellowknife this past June to get the CCSTA AGM. Colleen is the British Columbia representative for the CCSTA Board of Directors, and Norm usually comes along each year wherever the AGM made be.
When they found out this year’s AGM would take place in Yellowknife, the BC-based couple started to plan out their road trip.
And what a trip it turned out to be.
“What we discovered on this trip about Canada [is that] Canada is big, the roads are good to Yellowknife, the bison are big and no special equipment is required for the trip,” said Norm.
The trip up to Yellowknife was 1,400 km and although towns are far apart, fuel and accommodation is readily available no more than 400 kilometres apart.
When Kevin Kobus walked up to the microphone at the CCSTA AGM in June, he was faced with a challenge: to acknowledge all the people he’s worked with who demonstrate a commitment to Catholic education in a small window of time.
With his own distaste for long speeches, Kobus made his short, but sweet.
Kobus was named the CCSTA 2016 Justice James Higgins Award winner for excellence in Catholic education in Canada. He accepted the award at the CCSTA AGM in Yellowknife and past practice demonstrates that the award acceptance generally follows with a speech.
Kobus said receiving the award was both humbling and intimidating.
While the award recognizes Kobus’ leadership and the value he brought to Catholic education in Canada over his five-decade career, he was quick to put the spotlight on others.