Bonaventure Fagan is humbled by being named CCSTA’s Justice James Higgins Award recipient for 2015.
But his outstanding contributions to Catholic education, service and faith spurred numerous nominators for the award to extoll Fagan for being an exemplary person who has led the cause of Catholic education and Catholic community all through his life, working tirelessly during his career spanning 40 years.
Fagan says it’s a great honour to be recognized, but admits he doesn’t feel deserving. “In truth, such an award is not something one aspires to,” he said. “I suspect if you were to ask every single winner of the Higgins Award, they would say that they did not feel they deserved it. I feel that way. So, I recognize the honour of the award and thank my nominators for their efforts in this regard and the CCSTA board for their decision.”
Fagan said he continues to be involved in Catholic education because he feels it’s the most wonderful opportunity for young people.
Although Ontario revealed its long awaited Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum about a month ago, the storm of questions and concerns surrounding the document is still swirling.
Education Minister Liz Sandals said earlier this month that the sexual education curriculum is modernized, addressing issues for Grades 1 to 12 that the document it replaces never envisioned, such as the hazards of the internet and sexting. The last time the curriculum was updated was in 1998 – 17 years ago. Details on the new Health and Physical Education Curriculum can be found by clicking here.
The education minister is quoted as saying that the material relating to sex is only about 10 per cent of the overall document with it also including health lessons about nutrition and why physical activity is important. Even so, that’s the portion which has received the most attention in the weeks following the release of the new curriculum overview.
CCSTA is reminding students and their families to keep the Endowment Fund top of mind this month, as the deadline for applications is set for March 31.
Applications for receiving the tuition assistance will be accepted until the end of the month. The Endowment Fund is in place to help elementary and secondary school students attending Canadian Catholic schools pay their tuition in Canadian provinces which receive limited or no public funding. The Fund contributes specifically to tuition costs, distributing such funds to students annually.
The fund was established almost a decade ago. Each year since the fund was established, the number of applications and amount requested grows, illustrating the need for CCSTA’s continued support in the program. Requests for tuition assistance typically exceed the amount of money that is available. Since its inception, CCSTA has received more than 380 student requests totalling more than $780,000.