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Dreams that Soar Higher: Where Catholic Education and Social Services Meet
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Presentation Description:
Catholic education and social service provision share in a common calling of having Good News to proclaim and hope to proffer. Both sectors are integral to the mission of the Church – the school, as well as the street shelter, are summoned to be places where one can encounter the loving face of the living God. The two sectors are filled with dedicated and passionate men and women who want to serve their church, their community, and their cause. This presentation explores the overlap and intersection of education and social services and the exciting common ground, and promise of new ground, that can emerge when we start to dream and work together.

Dr. Troy Davies
DaviesSpeaker Profile:

In April of 2018 Dr. Troy Davies was appointed as the CEO of Catholic Social Services, one of the nation’s largest multi-function social service agencies. Through its 1800 employees and 600 volunteers, the agency annually serves tens of thousands of Alberta’s most vulnerable and marginalized people. Prior to joining Catholic Social Services, Troy spent nearly 5 years as a school division Superintendent and 4 years as Assistant Superintendent. Previous to that he spent almost a decade in school-level administration, including 8 years as a principal. Except for two years spent teaching with the Jesuits in inner-city Baltimore, Troy’s entire educational career occurred within Alberta’s Catholic school system. Troy has earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Regina, a B.Ed. in Catholic Studies from McGill University, a M.Ed. in Leadership from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Administration from the University of Alberta.
He is a past provincial president of the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta and a Certified Professional of Human Resources. He loves curling, football, and his Catholic faith. He and his wife, Kathryn, have four boys who keep them very busy, when life doesn’t. 



All Are Welcome - All Belong: How Non-Catholics Can Feel a Part of Our Faith Community
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Presentation Description:
Over the years, formerly homogeneous Catholic schools have become diverse environments with many ethnic cultures and faith denominations. How do we practice “All Are Welcome - All Belong” and still hold on to our rich and celebrated Catholic traditions? We will be examining this phenomenon through my own personal experience of coming from a mixed family heritage (Muslim and Catholic) and my 28 years of experience in Catholic schools as a teacher, counsellor, school principal and district senior administrator. I hope to have an open dialogue with attendees, discussing the multicultural landscape of our schools and what we as Catholic stakeholders can do to become accepting of others while holding on to our important faith traditions.

Dr. Dave Khatib
 KhatibSpeaker Profile:

Dave was born in England to a Roman Catholic Irish mother and a Mauritian Muslim father. Both of his parents were active in their faith lives and he grew up experiencing both religions and cultures first-hand. Immigrating to Canada 1980, he eventually attended the University of Alberta where he was Baptised and Confirmed at St. Joseph’s College before graduating with his B. Ed in Secondary Education. He later went on to complete his Master’s of Arts in Education at San Diego State University and 5 years ago he completed his Doctorate at City University of Seattle. Currently, Dave is part of the Senior Administration Team at Red Deer Catholic Schools, he is an active member of Sacred Heart Parish (Red Deer), a husband to his amazing wife Michelle and the father to two terrific daughters; Kirsten and Haley.




Conversion to Practice: Living the Culture of Encounter and Laudato Si’ in Catholic Schools
1:15 pm - 2:15  pm (French presentation)
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Presentation Description:
In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis calls us to an ecological conversion: to be changed in how we relate to our Sister Earth, and in how we to relate to the poor. This requires a profound reflection on our own place and role, and an honest examination of our values and how we live them. We can start this process, collectively, through committing to an encounter as a way of being as individuals and as school communities. Living a Culture of Encounter will naturally move us towards tangible, daily habits that strengthen and shift us to a deeper care for each other and our common home.

Kathleen Ladouceur
LadouceurSpeaker Profile:

Kathleen Ladouceur has been working with Development and Peace since 2013 as a Catholic Schools Program Officer, first in Ontario and now in Alberta. She holds a MA in Legal Studies: Globalization and International Law from Carleton University, and a Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development. She authored the Our Call to Caritas Professional Development kit on Catholic Social Teaching, which was reviewed and endorsed by the Education Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. With academic, theological and practical experience working on issues ranging from homelessness to indigenous relations, she is currently focused on making social justice practical for educators and those in formation for the permanent diaconate. Originally from southern Manitoba, she has been married since 2009, has a two year old son, and is currently learning breadmaking and french pastry baking.



Reconciliation: Two Sides of a Coin
11:00am - 12:00 pm (French presentation)
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Presentation Description:
This presentation will address the many challenges of striving to be a reconciling force within our very polarized and fractured world. What are some understandings and misunderstandings regarding reconciliation? How can all the stakeholders in Catholic Education be instruments of healing and reconciliation? It will cover elements of reconciliation, the essence of forgiveness, the art of an apology, obstacles to reconciliation, the role of faith and the biblical basis for understanding what it means to forgive and be reconciled as God’s action within us. Participants will also hear powerful stories of reconciliation.

Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie
LavoieSpeaker Profile:

Sylvain Lavoie, Archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Keewatin-La Pas, is a missionary Oblate who has spent over 35 years ministering among the Indigenous peoples of north and central Saskatchewan. An important part of that ministry was introducing movements such as Search weekends for youth, Christopher Leadership course and Marriage Encounter to the north, as well as forming KRT, an archdiocesan renewal team with a married couple. He is the author of four books: Drumming From Within on Indigenous ministry; Together We Heal on healing sexual abuse through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Walk A New Path on addictions awareness, and Still Green and Growing, to be published in the spring of 2019. Archbishop Sylvain now ministers as chaplain and spiritual director at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert, Alberta. He has given talks, retreats and workshops on Christian leadership, addictions awareness, human development, Indigenous ministry, spirituality, forgiveness, grieving and the 12 Step program for over 40 years. He has chaired various committees for both the Oblates and the Western bishops, and is presently chair of the local Oblate JPIC committee as well as the planning board for St. Dismas House of transition for former inmates.



The Legal Challenges to Catholic Schools in Canada: Update on the Theodore case
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (French presentation)

Presentation Description:
In the Saskatchewan case Good Spirit School Division No. 204 v Christ the Teacher Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 212, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench held it was unconstitutional to publically fund the education of non-Catholics attending Catholic schools as this was not part of the denominational rights that were entrenched in the Constitution Act or the Saskatchewan Act of 1905. The 3 day appeal, which is scheduled for March 2019, includes potential intervenor submissions by ACSTA, OECTA, OCSTA and AFOCSC. It is hoped a decision will be rendered before this conference so that we may discuss the outcome. We will fully explore this case and discuss how it impacts denominational constitutional guarantees for Catholic Schools across Canada.

Anna Loparco
 LoparcoSpeaker Profile:

Anna Loparco is a partner at Dentons Canada LLP and member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. She has acted for the ACSTA for many years and intervened at the Supreme Court of Canada in the Caron case. She has also been counsel in several high profile cases involving child protection proceedings and she possesses a wealth of experience in constitutional law, administrative law and privacy law.




Beyond the Blisters: Finding Light in Walking the Way
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Presentation Description:
Our life is a path. When we stop walking there is something that isn’t right.” Pope Francis, Pro Ecclesia Mass, Sistine Chapel, March 14, 2013.
It’s a familiar metaphor: life is a journey and disciples are pilgrims on a pilgrimage to God. But what might happen if we actually went on a pilgrimage? What might we learn? A few years ago, I embarked on a three-week, 370-kilometre trek along the Spanish route of the Camino de Santiago. This ancient pilgrim’s path meanders through Spain and ends at the magnificent Cathedral of St James. It was an amazing experience with much for a novice walker like me to savor. Pilgrimage, I found, goes beyond the blisters. If we let it, we find it is brimming with spirit, inviting us to see more deeply and walk more meaningfully. In this presentation, we will explore some of the graced notes of pilgrimage and discover the blessing of walking in the light of Christ.

 Sandy Prather

Speaker Profile:Prather 

Sandra (Sandy) Prather is a long-time retreat director, writer and facilitator known for an infectious joy in her faith. She works locally, nationally and internationally teaching and leading retreats, seminars and workshops for educators, lay formation programs, parishes, and men’s and women’s religious organizations. Drawing upon her theological training and faith perspective as a wife, mother and grandmother, Sandra ‘breaks open the ordinary’ so that we might know God `amidst the pots and pans.’

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Theology degree from Newman Theological College. She served for 21 years as Executive Director of Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert and in 2018 was the recipient of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award, an award given by Newman College that recognizes and honours individuals whose outstanding Christian Leadership reflects the values of the college. She serves as Provincial Animator for Associates for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Lacombe Canada and has been an Honorary Oblate since 2008.
She and her husband Bob reside in Sherwood Park, Alberta and are blessed with four adult children and ten grandchildren.



Reaching the Heights: Building Inclusive Communities in Catholic Schools
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Presentation Description:
This session will explore what it means to be an inclusive community within our Catholic Schools. Informed by Catholic social teachings and the Holy See’s teaching on Catholic school identity, this presentation will share Calgary Catholic School District’s approach to building communities in which every student belongs. As part of the journey in faith, the district is looking to reach the heights of justice for all.

Jennifer Woo
 WooSpeaker Profile:

Jennifer Woo is a Director of Instructional Services within the Calgary Catholic School District, providing leadership in the areas of religious education & family life and student wellness. She holds a Master’s degree in Education, and Graduate Diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Canon Law. She is sustained by the love of her husband, Patrick and two daughters, Isabel and Charlotte. She is grateful to serve the Catholic community in her current role.