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  • Marino Award 2Le président de l’ACCEC, Marino Gazzola, a été reconnu lors de la dernière Soirée de gala et remise de prix du Catholic Principals Council of Ontario à Toronto. En présence de sa famille, ses amis et ses collègues, Marino a reçu le prix Father John Redmond pour la défense de l’éducation catholique. Le père John Redmond a dédié sa vie à aider les autres. Il était un passionné d’éducation catholique. Par son exemple de vie chrétienne et par la discipline du sport, il a inspiré les jeunes à se dépasser. Ces mêmes qualités se retrouvent dans la passion et l’intention que Marino Gazzola accorde chaque jour à son travail de conseiller scolaire.
    Marino en est présentement à sa 15 e année en tant que président du Wellington Catholic District School Board, et il est conseiller scolaire depuis 1990. Il est aussi président de l’Association canadienne des commissaires d’écoles catholiques, poste qu’il occupe depuis juin 2016. Il avait été élu au conseil d’administration de l’ACCEC en 2010. Son engagement à promouvoir et protéger l’éducation catholique est bien reconnu au niveau provincial et national.
  • ACSTA 50Years logo CMYKThe Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees’ Association recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and hosted an evening gala to honour the milestone anniversary.

    The gala took place in November in conjunction with ACSTA’s AGM and Convention, and the guest list itself was remarkable as clergy, trustees, educators and children came together for the celebratory event.  “All the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories were in attendance as was the Minster of Education, David Eggen, who addressed the Gala attendees with a positive note on the great work of Catholic schools in Alberta,” says ACSTA President Adriana LaGrange.

    During the course of the evening, ACSTA honoured Trustees and friends of Catholic Education with ACSTA Awards for their dedication and commitment to Catholic education.

  • Tim UhlDr. Tim Uhl has a tradition when he drives to and from work – he listens to podcasts.

    One day, when the Montana Catholic Schools Superintendent listened to one of his former high school student’s podcast, he had a realization.

    “Why not me?” he asked himself. “I knew a few people and also knew that no one seemed to be doing this. So I thought this would be a great way to spotlight innovation and best practices and have conversations with smart people about the best path forward. This sounds like jargon but it's really true. I like thinking, I like talking to smart people, and I like trying new things.”

    And so, this past September Dr. Uhl released his own podcast, Catholic Education Matters. Each week, he interviews thought leaders in Catholic education and discusses the future of Catholic schools in America.

    Dr. Uhl hopes to reach emerging leaders, including those who want to be Catholic school principals, current principals who want to improve, aspiring superintendents, or current superintendents searching for better ways. 

    He says he wanted to focus on Catholic education for a variety of reasons.

  • Photograph by Ken Collett.Another successful CCSTA Annual General Meeting is in the books. The organizing committee, along with the entire Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees Association, put on a smooth, informative, and enjoyable event. Canmore was a beautiful setting for the yearly gathering, which Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange also attended.

    “The venue was spectacular,” says CCSTA Past President Marino Gazzola. “All the sights were beautiful, and having the Rocky Mountains all around was breathtaking.”

    He adds that the entire conference went perfectly.

    “The organizing committee did an incredible job putting it all together,” he says. “Everything was on time and on schedule. The keynote speakers were absolutely amazing, and the breakout sessions were on very relevant topics.”

  • Lobby Day 2After meeting with MPs from around the country across the span of two days, CCSTA is confident in its support from political representatives at the federal level.

    On Oct. 30 and 31, CCSTA Board of Directors scheduled meetings with MPs to discuss Catholic education in Canada and its long-serving role since the country’s earliest days.

    They met on Parliament Hill, followed by an open reception for networking.

    “In my view, overall, the day was a huge success,” says CCSTA President Marino Gazzola. “We were very well received and had many very positive comments.”

    The first meeting included a sit down with the Leader of the Opposition Party, Andrew Scheer. Scheer – who is a Catholic school graduate – reiterated his support to the system.

    “Mr. Scheer was unequivocal in his support,” says CCSTA Executive Director Julian Hanlon. “He said if we ever need his backing, don’t hesitate to call.”

    The following day, CCSTA hosted several meetings individually with MPs including Charlie Angus, Earl Dreeshen and Peter Fonseca.

  • Marino Award 2CCSTA President Marino Gazzola was honoured at the recent Catholic Principals Council of Ontario Awards and Gala Dinner in Toronto. Joined by family, friends, and colleagues, Marino was presented with the Father John Redmond Memorial Award for advocacy in Catholic Education. Father John Redmond aspired to help others all his life. He was passionate about Catholic education. Through his example of a Christian life and the discipline of sport, he inspired young people to be their best. These same qualities are exemplified in the passion and purpose that Marino Gazzola brings to his work as a Trustee each and every day.

    Marino is currently serving in his 15th year as Chair of the Wellington Catholic District School Board and has been a Trustee since 1990. Serving also as President of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association, a position he has held since June 2016 after being elected to the CCSTA Board of Directors in 2010, his impact promoting and protecting Catholic education is well known provincially and nationally.

  • Adriana LaGrangeAlberta’s Adriana LaGrange has been elected as the CCSTA Vice President and it couldn’t be a more fitting role.

    Following the passing of Vice President Tony Sykora in January, the CCSTA felt the void of Tony’s passion for education. Sykora, who hailed from Alberta, played a big role in Alberta’s Catholic education platform – as does LaGrange.

    “It’s such a meaningful fit to have Adriana accept the Vice President role to fill Tony’s spot,” says CCSTA Executive Director Julian Hanlon.

    Adriana LaGrange was first elected to the Board of Trustees of Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools in 2007 and has spent three of those years as Board Chair and Vice Chair for another two. She has long been involved in Catholic education and her community taking on numerous volunteer and committee opportunities. Adriana currently lives in rural Red Deer with her husband of 32+ years, is a mother of seven children and a grandmother of three. She holds an honours diploma in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and also owns and operates a family farm in addition to managing the trucking of a large hog partnership.

    Adriana was elected to be the President of the Alberta Catholic Trustees' Association (ACSTA) in November 2015 and re-elected to the president's position in November 2016. This put her in to serve as the Alberta representative for the CCSTA Board of Directors.

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    Le congrès annuel  When Faith Meets Pedagogy 2018 de la Catholic Curriculum Corporation se déroulera du jeudi 25 octobre au samedi 27 octobre, au Delta Marriott près de l’aéroport de Toronto. Ce congrès rassemble des intervenants de tous les niveaux en éducation catholique.

    Selon Michael Bator, directeur général de la Catholic Curriculum Corporation (CCC) depuis les derniers 9 ans, cet évènement a été mis sur pied afin de contribuer à la création de ressources pédagogiques distinctement catholiques.

    « Cela nous aide à faire en sorte que les enseignants des écoles catholiques subventionnées bénéficient d’un apprentissage professionnel qui appuie les ressources développées par les différents conseils et/ou par la CCC elle-même, » dit-il.

    Le congrès s’amorcera jeudi soir avec la conférence du Dr Nuala Kenny. Elle est médecin, membre des Soeurs de la Charité d’Halifax, professeure émérite en bioéthique à l’Université Dalhousie, et conseillère en matière de politiques à l’Alliance catholique canadienne de la santé.

  • bazinetFrançois Bazinet, chair of the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO), will be inducted into the Order of the Pleiades for the year 2019.

    He will be receiving the Order of the Pleiades of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie. He’s one of six recipients of the order within the Ontario Chapter of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (APF), the medal recognizing dedication and outstanding contribution to the vitality of Ontario’s Francophonie.

    “Contributing to the promotion of the French language across Ontario and (CSDCEO) schools is for me a cause that is enormously rewarding,” said Mr. Bazinet in a news release issued by the CSDCEO. “You could also say that it is a life mission.”

    Bazinet has worked in Francophone education for over 40 years. He is a retired teacher who, after a long career at L’École secondaire catholique La Citadelle, became chair of the CSDCEO two years ago. He serves as the trustee for North Stormont, North Dundas and Russell.

  • Oscar Tango ClothingSept élèves d’une école secondaire catholique d’Ottawa attirent l’atttention nationale grâce au lancement de leur propre ligne de vêtements.

    Ils incorporent à leur collection un message d’inspiration pour la diversité et l’égalité.

    Sous la griffe Oscar Tango, le code militaire pour les lettres O et T, ces élèves du St. Joseph High School proposent un message issu de leurs origines de partout au monde. Leurs noms?  Jay Mills, Justin Park, Hassan Hamed, Kristian Toscano, Eric Batali, Melanie Ni-Lan et Kallel Coltess.

    Jay dit que l’idée de démarrer une nouvelle ligne de vêtements leur est venue lors d’ une visite chez un ami.

    « Nous aimons tous la mode, mais nous avons réalisé que les marques de vêtements que nous portons ne représentent rien de spécial, » explique-t-il. « Nous voulions d’une marque qui transmette un

    message inspirant, qui représente chacun de nous et qui illustre nos origines comme nos racines. »

    C’est là qu’Oscar Tango est né et que le slogan Diversity Through Design (La diversité par le design)a été adopté.

  • Andrew ScheerCCSTA Board of Directors are set to meet with key political players from across Canada this week, including the Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrew Scheer.

    Scheer was elected as the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada in May, 2017. This comes after serving as the youngest Speaker of the House of Commons in the country’s history. He was elected within the Regina—Qu'Appelle riding in Saskatchewan.

    The CCSTA Board of Directors will sit down with him for a 20-minute discussion on Oct. 30 about the importance of Catholic education within the Canadian education system.

    The following day, CCSTA Board of Directors will split up to meet with other MPs from across the country including:

    • Earl Dreeshen, CPC MP (Alberta)
    • Peter Fonseca, LIB MP (Ontario)
    • Chandra Arya, LIB MP (Ontario)
    • Lloyd Longfield, LIB MP (Ontario)
    • Harold Albrecht, CPC MP (Ontario)
    • Todd Doherty, CPC MP (British Columbia)
    • Marco Mendicino, LIB MP (Ontario)
    • Charlie Angus, NDP MP (Ontario)
    • Terry Sheehan, LIB MP (Ontario)
    • Francesco Sorbara, LIB MP (Ontario)
    • Omar Alghabra, LIB MP (Ontario)
    • Chris Bittle, LIB MP (Ontario)
    • Paul BourassaQuand Paul Bourassa raconte comment il est devenu conseiller scolaire il y a six ans, deux commentaires surprennent : il s’est engagé par défaut, et il est très heureux de l’avoir fait.

      « Les parents des écoles françaises catholiques ont reçu un courriel sollicitant des candidats puisque le conseiller scolaire en exercice avait démissionné. En lisant le courriel j’espérais que quelqu’un se présente. Lorsque le second courriel est venu, nous informant que personne ne s’était avancé, j’ai discuté avec mon épouse de l’éventualité de consacrer du temps à un tel engagement, » explique-t-il. « J’ai soumis mon nom et je ne le regrette pas. J’ai mon mot à dire dans l’éducation de mes enfants et celle de tous les enfants. C’est un grand honneur et une responsabilité dont je suis fier. »

      Depuis, il est conseiller au Conseil scolaire FrancoSud et impliqué en éducation catholique.

      Paul a joint le conseil d’administration de l’Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees’ Association dont il est depuis peu le vice-président. Il s’est aussi joint au conseil d’administration de l’ACCEC à la fin de 2017 comme représentant de l’Alberta.

    • math resource for parents 01Vers la fin de 2016, Marshall Jarvis, secrétaire général  de l’Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) a proposé à Julian Hanlon, directeur général de l’ACCEC, un partenariat entre les deux organismes. L’OECTA est le seul syndicat canadien à représenter exclusivement des enseignants et enseignantes catholiques.

      « Nous nous sommes réunis à Toronto pour discuter des champs de coopération possible, dit M. Hanlon. Il se trouve qu’OECTA dispose d’un grand nombre de ressources d’apprentissage professionnel pour les enseignants. »

      Marino Gazzola, président de l’ACCEC, croit que ces ressources pourrait être d’une grande utilité pour les enseignants et les enseignantes catholiques de partout au pays.

      « Plusieurs de nos associations provinciales, en particulier dans les provinces où l’enseignement catholique n’est pas subventionné, n’ont pas accès à de telles ressources à moins de les acheter, dit M. Gazzola. Voici qu’OECTA nous proposait de partager leurs ressources sans aucuns frais. »

      « Nous sommes certains que nos partenaires à travers le Canada apprécieront y avoir accès, dit M. Hanlon. Toutes les associations ont manifesté leur intérêt. »

    • T4TPoster3 Fr 1Cette année, l’OCSTA  lance sa Campagne ontarienne pour Toonies for Tuition, en appui à la campagne annuelle de l’ACCEC pour aider les élèves canadiens à se prévaloir d’une éducation catholique dans leur lieu de résidence.

      Beverley Eckensweiler, présidente de l’OCSTA, nous dit que l’idée d’augmenter l’appui à Toonies for Tuition lui est venue quand elle a su que si chaque élève des provinces où l’éducation catholique est entièrement subventionnée contribuait deux dollars, il y aurait plus d’argent que nécessaire pour subvenir aux demandes annuelles.

      « Nous avons de la chance, ici en Ontario, dit Mme Eckensweiler. Quelle belle opportunité pour nos élèves de venir en aide à d’autres élèves qui ne bénéficient pas de subventions à l’école catholique. »

      Même si l’OCSTA aide à promouvoir la campagne Toonies for Tuition, elle laisse aux écoles le choix du mode de collecte de fonds. Cela permet à chaque conseil scolaire d’organiser une campagne qui correspond mieux à la réalité de sa communauté. Certains conseils sont déjà au travail.

    • RECongressEn mars, Marino Gazzola, président de l’ACCEC, était l’un des 30 000 délégués qui se sont réunis à Los Angeles pour créer des liens, apprendre et célébrer l’éducation catholique dans le monde. Le Los Angeles Religious Education Congress ( RECongress ) est un évènement annuel qui « offre du développement professionnel et une formation spirituelle pour tous les intervenants en catéchèse et dans les ministères connexes, » dit Jan Pedroza, coordonnatrice du programme du congrès. Sous les auspices de l’Archidiocèse de Los Angeles, ce congrès catholique a évolué pour en venir à inclure une variété de confessions. M. Gazzola y participait pour la première fois, et ce fut pour lui une expérience incroyable.

      « C’était sans contredit le meilleur congrès auquel j’aie participé, dit-il. C’était fantastique. L’expérience d’assister à la messe avec 10 000 personnes, c’était formidable. »

      L’ACCEC avait entendu tant de bien sur ce congrès de la part d’éducateurs catholiques de l’Ouest canadien qu’il était impératif d’y envoyer un représentant. M. Gazzola a participé au congrès en son entier, du jeudi au dimanche.

    • Francois BazinetFrançois Bazinet, président du Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO), sera décoré de l’Ordre de la Pléiade en 2019 par l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie ( APF ).

      Il est l’un des six récipiendaires choisis par le chapitre ontarien de l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, et recevra une médaille soulignant son dévouement et sa contribution exceptionnelle à la vitalité de la francophonie ontarienne.

      « Contribuer à la promotion de la langue française en Ontario et dans les écoles ( du CSDCEO ) est pour moi extrêmement gratifiant, » dit M. Bazinet dans un communiqué de presse émis par le CSDCEO. « Je dirais même qu’il s’agit d’une mission de vie. »

      M. Bazinet a travaillé en éducation francophone pendant plus de 40 ans. Il est un enseignant retraité qui, après une longue carrière à l’École secondaire catholique La Citadelle, est devenu président du CSDCEO il y a deux ans. Il est aussi conseiller scolaire pour les comtés de North Stormont, North Dundas et Russell.

    • OCSGE ImageRecently released statistics from the Ontario Ministry of Education show that Catholic schools in the province continue to succeed in creating well-rounded high school graduates.

      Both French and English Catholic school boards perform well above average. The Ministry sets its target 5-year graduation rate at 85%, and 27 out of the 35 Catholic school boards with numbers available are at or above that benchmark. In addition, two Catholic school boards are less than 1% away from the province’s goal.

      “As someone involved in Catholic education, I’m very proud of what our schools do in Ontario and across the country,” says CCSTA Executive Director Julian Hanlon.

      Of course, Catholic education is about more than just math and science. It’s about the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. This is best exemplified in the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs) introduced by the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) in 1998, and still used today across the province. These expectations help form graduates rich in integrity, faith, and love.

    • Paul BourassaWhen Paul Bourassa talks about how he first became a Catholic school trustee six years ago, he has two things to say about it: he signed on by default and he is so happy he did.

      “There was an email circulated to the parents of the Catholic Francophone schools asking for candidates to be trustees as the incumbent had stepped down.  When the first email came, I hoped someone would step up.  When the second email came because no one had stepped up, I discussed it with my wife and whether I could make the time commitment,” he explains. “After that discussion, I put my name forward and have never regretted it.  I have input and influence over my children's and all our children's education which is great responsibility and honour. I have no regrets.”

      Since putting his name in, he’s served as a Catholic trustee for Conseil scolaire FrancoSud and he’s continued his involvement with Catholic education.

      Paul joined the Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees’ Association’s Board of Directors and recently came on as Vice President. Prior to the New Year, he joined CCSTA as the Alberta representative.

      While he’s been in the trustee role for six years, Paul’s relationship with Catholic education started long ago.


    • Toonies for tuitionAs we approach the end of the school year, we know that principals, teachers, trustees, parents and clergy are already turning their attention to the upcoming year’s school calendar.

      For instance, most of you have already hosted your kindergarten orientation sessions!

      As you look at your 2017-2018 school calendar, please keep the Toonies for Tuition initiative in your plans to help raise money and awareness for a good cause.

      Toonies for Tuition raises money for families who want their children to attend Catholic schools in provinces with partial to no funding. As a result, students are responsible to pay tuition fees. Families who could use the financial support in order to make it happen can apply for funding support through the CCSTA Endowment Fund.

      Each year, the Endowment Fund applications are reviewed by a committee and money is then allotted to the successful applicants.

      Since 2006, CCSTA has contributed more than $315,000 so that children and youth can access Catholic education in their hometown.

      And the demand remains high.

      “It’s wonderful that we’re able to provide that much funding to students from across Canada, but the need for support continues to grow,” says CCSTA Executive Director Julian Hanlon, adding that just last year, more than $130,000 was requested through the Endowment Fund applications and CCSTA was able to allot $45,000. “The selection committee has to make some tough choices about who receives the available funding each year. We’d love to – someday – be able to fund every dollar requested.”

      That’s where Toonies for Tuition comes into the play.

    • Sr teresitaA lifetime of dedication to faith and education has earned Sr. Teresita Kambeitz some well-deserved recognition at the national level; she’s been named the 2018 Higgins Award Winner.

      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. Sr. Teresita is the seventh women to receive the honour since its 1975 inception.

      Nominated by the Board of Education of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Sr. Teresita’s commitment to education clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by her peers.


      Sr. Teresita’s Dedication to Education

      Sr. Teresita’s 56‐year tenure spans from 1959 when she began teaching in Tramping Lake, SK through to the present day in her role as Assistant Director of Religious Education for Newman Theological College, Edmonton: Saskatoon extension‐site.

      Sr. Teresita contributed many years to the vocation of Catholic teacher. Over 26 years, from 1959 to 1985, she taught in Grades 8 through 12 and fulfilled many roles including principal, 15 years as a teacher of Christian Ethics, and ten years in campus ministry and as a sessional lecturer at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.