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Cancellation - CCSTA 2020 AGM/Convention (COVID-19)

Due to COVID-19, the in person AGM/Convention was cancelled and all refunds have been processed.    The AGM business meeting will be held virtually on June 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM (EST).  All trustees should have received an invitation to participate or assign a proxy.  Any questions can be directed to the CCSTA office by visiting the "Contact Us" page. 

Catholic Education Week and Toonies for Tuition: A missed fundraising opportunity this year

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Catholic Education Week is upon us! Across the country, Catholic School Boards are highlighting the wonderful and important work happening within our Catholic education system.

Naturally, with so many good things being celebrated within our classrooms, our attention turns to ensuring Catholic education is available to all Canadians, including those living in jurisdictions that have no or partial publicly funded Catholic education.

Which is where the Toonies for Tuition Endowment Fund comes in.

Traditionally, we at CCSTA see a surge in fundraisers for the Toonies for Tuition Endowment Fund during Catholic Education Week.

With schools functioning remotely throughout the country, Catholic Education Week looks a little different than most years. With those changes comes an unexpected consequence: fewer local fundraisers are happening for Toonies for Tuition.

As a result, there will be a potentially reduced funding for Toonies for Tuition this year. To curb the negative impact on the fund, CCTSA is asking our supporters, followers, stakeholders and fellow educators to consider donating to the fund.

Upon hearing about the funds’ challenges this year, many administrators from across the country reached out to share stories that might inspire action. They shared stories of belonging, family ties and the benefits of faith-based education, and how the Toonies for Tuition program supported those experiences.

“The Toonies for Tuition Endowment Program has afforded many children the opportunity to avail of Catholic education in a safe and caring environment which has enabled them to have a sense of belonging,” shares Elaine King, Principal of Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. “They have flourished in a faith based learning that is so important to them and their families.”

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Catholic Schools Across Country Showing Compassion During Pandemic

 ODSB PrinterAcross Canada, our news feeds are being dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We pray for the country and all those affected by the crisis.

While paying close attention to the ever-changing news updates, we have come across incredible stories of Catholic schools helping their local communities in this crisis.

Here are a few of our favourites:

Edmonton Catholic Schools staff assemble food hampers
At times like these, food insecurity can become a major concern for low income and vulnerable sectors of the community. Staff members from the Edmonton Catholic Schools joined (at a safe distance) to put together hampers for the less fortunate. Through this initiative, they assembled 286 hampers for families in need.

 

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The Sisters of St. Ann - St. Joseph’s Community honoured for commitment to Catholic education with prestigious Higgins Award

SSA TreeOver a century of dedicated service to Catholic education has earned the Sisters of St. Ann - St. Joseph’s Community the prestigious 2020 Justice James Higgins Award.

Throughout their illustrious history, the sisters have worked tirelessly in education, healthcare, pastoral ministry, spiritual accompaniment and social justice across Canada. Established in 1850 to meet the educational needs of poor families, the Sisters of St. Ann St.- Joseph’s Community began in Quebec and soon migrated west to Victoria, British Columbia. Before long, they set up schools and ministries across the Pacific Northwest.

In memory of a distinguished Canadian jurist and Catholic School Trustee, the Honourable Justice James Higgins (1913-1974) of St. John's, Newfoundland, the Board of Directors of CCSTA annually presents an award to a person or group that has made an outstanding contribution to Catholic education in Canada. The Justice James Higgins Award is the highest honour provided by CCSTA. It reflects recognition of an exceptional contribution to Catholic education in this country.

Sister Marie Zarowny expressed her gratitude for the annual award on behalf of the Order.

“This award recognizes the often hidden and very challenging efforts of hundreds of Sisters throughout 162 years,” explains Sr. Marie Zarowny. “Those who came before us lived with enormous hardship and their faith, trust and commitment has been phenomenal. We were very surprised and at the same time pleased, humbled and grateful.”

The Annie’s, as they are affectionately called by their friends, recognized the power of Catholic education and mobilized to help the underserved before it was mainstream.

 

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Toonies for Tuition fundraising campaign supports Catholic students in provinces that have limited or no public funding for Catholic schools.

 

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Enlivened by the Word of God and our tradition, we promote and protect the right to Catholic education in Canada.  We speak as one.

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