Welcome Back to a New School Year!


As the summer winds down over the last few days before school begins, our students, parents, staff, and members of the community begin to express the feelings associated with this time. It is a time of great anticipation, excitement, and perhaps some feelings of uncertainty as we embark on a new school year.

I am pleased to welcome all of our students, families, faculty, and staff! I hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing and fun-filled summer with friends and loved ones. Our staff have been busy getting our schools and classrooms ready for the new school year, and are looking forward to another exceptional year in Catholic education!

Great things are happening in our schools and across our district. Here are just a few:

  • I am thrilled to announce the opening of our newest school in the North Oakville Preserve community this September: St. Gregory the Great Catholic Elementary School will open its doors to students on the first day of school. This state-of-the-art facility is designed to accommodate a building program for 671 students, and includes a one story child care centre, connected to the school near the Kindergarten classrooms. Registration will be open for St. Gregory the Great in September, 2016! For more information, I encourage you to visit our website and learn How to Register.
  • We are excited to share with you our next multi-year plan, which outlines our school board’s strategic direction beyond 2016. The development of this plan would not have been possible without the feedback we received from our stakeholders in the fall of 2015, which involved parents, students, staff, parishes, and members of our broader community.  Stay tuned for more information to come!
  • Our 2 Welcome Centres continue to flourish at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School in Oakville and Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education in Milton. Families new to our school board or new to Canada, who are interested in registering their child for school can find the guidance and support they need. Learn more about our Welcome Centres.

As we turn to another exciting and rewarding school year, I want to acknowledge the integral role that our parents, staff, and parishes play in the continued success of our entire school district. Together, we will continue to focus our vision on being a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic, providing exceptional education, while nurturing the call to love and to serve.

All the best for another extraordinary year ahead!


Wishing everyone a very safe and restful summer!

Here we are…at the end of another school year! And what a tremendous year it was.

I am so grateful that I was able to attend many school-based events and celebrations this past year, recognizing once again, that great things just keep happening across our school communities! We are so fortunate as a school district, with so much to celebrate and acknowledge. Our students and staff are a reflection of the healthy and vibrant partnerships between all members of our Catholic school community.

Please take a moment to watch the video below, highlighting just a few of the wonderful events and activities that took place across our district this past year.

The end of the 2015-2016 school year marks the completion of a cycle for many in our community. Our Grade 8 students have completed the first phase of their education and will be moving on to high school. Many of our secondary school students will be leaving us to embark on post-secondary pathways. And some of our staff will be retiring and moving on in pursuit of new endeavours. During the month of June, we celebrated over 3,309 years of service to our students. Read how our school district honoured 61 staff members who have served the Board for 25 years and the 83 who are retiring from the Board this year.

To the students and staff in our community who are moving on to another stage along their life journey – I wish you continued success and may God keep you safe in His care.

I hope that this time of year afforded by the break from school schedules will provide an opportunity for our students, our families, and our staff to slow down the pace, and enjoy some quality time with friends and loved ones.

Have a wonderful summer!

4th Annual Roots of Empathy Celebration

On Thursday, May 31, 2016, I had the privilege of attending the Halton Catholic District School Board’s fourth annual Roots of Empathy celebration, in partnership with Roots of Empathy, which recognized 33 volunteer families in our community.

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that significantly raises the social and emotional competence of elementary children, while also increasing their feelings of empathy. Once every month, a parent and their infant will visit a classroom, and will work with a trained instructor who will coach the students to observe the baby’s development and overall feelings.

This year’s celebration included presentations and a slideshow of the programs available, accompanied by many heartwarming messages from students about what they learned in Roots of Empathy.

Thank you to all of our volunteer families, students, and staff who contributed their time and efforts to this program. I invite you to watch the fourth annual Roots of Empathy celebration on our YouTube channel below!

A Truly Remarkable Film, “The Vanier Way”

It was both an honour and a privilege to be invited to the debut of the documenVanier plaque 1tary film, The Vanier Way on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

In the Spring of 2015, 10 students from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Milton, Ontario were able to meet their school’s namesake, Catholic philosopher, humanitarian and L’Arche community Founder, Jean Vanier in Trosly, France. Jean Vanier founded L’Arche in 1964, an international federation of communities spread over 35 countries, for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them. Continue reading