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