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Thursday, June 7th

Most Reverend Gary Gordon, Bishop of Victoria
AWEsome Responsibility

BishopMerlin On the GoCatholic School trustees and school employees have an integral role of being good examples and teachers of virtue for the treasure of the children. Authenticity of Catholic education is founded in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who in his life, death and resurrection, reveals what it is to be fully human – and the meaning of life itself.

The Catholic school is a witness to the Gospel of life and the promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ. This fundamental goal of Catholic schools explains why the trustees and employees of our schools, above all else, must Witness to their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and be authentically engaged in their own Catholic community (parish) on a regular basis, by full conscious, active, participation. It is from our Catholic communities of worship, charity, mercy, justice and truth that our schools find their roots and meaning.

The glory of God is the human person fully alive, and to this end, Excellence in formation of the human person to be all that God wants each person to be is our mission. “How precious must the human person be in the eyes of the Creator, to have gained so great a Redeemer.” (cf. Redemptor Hominis #10, St. Pope John Paul II)

These foundational principles (AWE) of Catholic Education, is the mission of Catholic Schools. Finally raising children is an AWEsome responsibility which we share in mutual trust and collaboration as parents, educators, and parishes. And with the grace of the Holy Spirit our schools, create an environment where our young people can grow in faith hope and love.

About Bishop Gordon

Since his ordination in May 1982, Most Reverend Gary Gordon’s love of nature and connecting with his congregation, especially with First Nations communities, developed a long-time bond with the Stó:lō Nation in the Fraser Valley. Embodying the model to Authentically Witness Excellence, his adventurous, outgoing spirit, and gift of storytelling endeared himself to the community. Shortly after being appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Whitehorse in 2006, in honour of his evangelising and connecting with the people, Bishop Gordon received the name Xyolhmetoxw, which means ‘taking care of the people’ in Halq’eméylem, the language of the Stó:lō Nation.

In November 2014, when Bishop Gordon was appointed Shepherd of the Diocese of Victoria, he continued to personally engage, accompany, connect, model, and mentor; encouraging his staff and clergy to follow suit. Bishop Gordon guides and teaches in his own special, personal, and unique way; whether it is creating sandboxes as a prop to explain the complexities of Truth and Reconciliation to Grade Two students, working with inmates, victims, and families through Restorative Justice, or simply connecting with people on their own terms while fishing.

Leading by example, as an authentic witness to the excellence he aspires to, he supplements and complements the vitally important mission, tenets, and objectives behind Catholic education to weave a tapestry of Faith in the fabric and lives of the children, youth, and families of our future.



Friday, June 8th

Dr. Stephen Shore

Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: An Inside View Towards Success

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Join Stephen in his autobiographical journey from the nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum. Some of the areas discussed include classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment. The session ends with a short audience activity demonstrating what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization.  


Participants shall be able to...

  • list 2 or more educational strategies enabling the person with autism achieve success in education,
  • experience communication challenges similar to those of individuals with autism, and,
  • describe how what might originally be a challenge could be considered a strength for people with autism.


About Dr. Stpehen Shore

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.

A current board member of Autism Speaks, president emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, The US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Counsel of OAR, and other autism related organizations.



Saturday, June 9th


Most Reverend Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver


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Evangelization: What does that mean in our Catholic Schools?

The Church’s mission is to evangelize the world, and, as Pope Benedict XVI said, “Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News.” All Catholic schools and Catholic teachers share in this mission. Faithfulness to this mission requires facing challenges such as the mentality of the “world” and parents offloading onto educators their responsibility to be the primary evangelizers and catechists of their own children. Archbishop Miller will explore these themes and provide effective tips for evangelizing young people, including having a personal relationship with Jesus, and understanding students in the light of him, being joyful witnesses of the Gospel, knowing your faith and sharing it, sticking to the core message, putting moral teaching in its proper place, and praying with and for your students.


About Archbishop Miller

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, became Archbishop of Vancouver in 2009. He was born in Ottawa, Canada. Archbishop Miller previously served as Archbishop Secretary of the Congregation of Catholic Education in Rome, as President of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. He is a member of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and represents the Conference on the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. Archbishop Miller, a specialist on the papacy and modern papal teaching, is a prolific author and taught theology for many years in Houston, Mexico and Rome.