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In just a few weeks, the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association will have a new executive director at the helm.
Julian Hanlon was named as the next leader of the national organization earlier this spring, and will take over the post of executive director on July 1, 2015.
CCSTA president, Mike St. Amand, said the association is pleased to welcome Hanlon to the position. “Julian is the right person at the right time for our organization,” he said. “We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to tap into his depth and wealth of knowledge for Catholic education.”
Current executive director, John Stunt, agreed with St. Amand, saying that Hanlon is a proven leader who is well known in Catholic education circles.
“We welcome Julian whole-heartedly and know that he will make the transition seamless, putting his enthusiasm and connections within the Catholic education sphere to good use with CCSTA,” Stunt said.
In fact, Hanlon has served in many capacities throughout the spectrum of Catholic education: as a teacher, vice-principal, principal, supervisory officer and currently as the director of education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). He has been with the school board for 36 years and was recently awarded with the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association Distinguished Leadership Award.
A small Catholic high school in Perth, Ont. is combining ambition, heart and justice to break records and help its community.
St. John Catholic High School is proving that even rural schools can make a big difference, as it prepares to host its 14th annual Relay for Life event to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society. The school has already raised almost $570,000 over the past 13 years for the cause – and expects to add more to the total this year.
Dave Peters, teacher at SJCHS and staff co-ordinator of the event, says no other school in the province has run as many Relay for Life events – St. John Catholic High School holds the designation in Ontario. “It has become an event that defines our school,” he said. “The Relay is something we do at St. John. The entire school community is on board and supports the event whole-heartedly.”