NEWS RELEASE

Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Catholic Education Acknowledged at Group’s Annual Awards Event

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Toronto—May 6, 2010—The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) presented two trustees with the provincial OCSTA Award of Merit for outstanding leadership and service to Catholic education during the group’s recent Annual General Meeting and Conference in Thunder Bay.

Alice Anne LeMay of the Halton Catholic District School Board was acknowledged for her dedication to improving the Special Needs Programs at her board and for successfully advocating for apprenticeship programs for students.

Alice Anne has served the Catholic education community in Halton for 30 years and was instrumental in the planning and realization of the first Catholic high school in Halton. Ron Eamer, Chair of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario was acknowledged for his involvement in various initiatives to improve the educational experience of students in Catholic schools. He is a charter member of the board’s Catholic Education Coalition which focuses on strengthening the bond between home, school and parish.

An active trustee in Eastern Ontario, Ron’s concern for Catholic education also spans the nation. Ron was instrumental in starting an annual Silent Auction at the OCSTA Annual General Meeting to raise funds in support of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association’s “Toonies for Tuition.” This initiative helps families in need to provide their children with the gift of Catholic education.

“Alice Anne LeMay and Ron Eamer demonstrate their faith commitment through outstanding service that helps to strengthen their school communities and support students in realizing their full potential. Ontario’s Catholic schools have benefited from this kind of trustee leadership for almost 170 years,” said OCSTA President, Nancy Kirby.

The Association also presented its annual Special Award to a non-trustee to acknowledge outstanding commitment and contributions to Catholic education in Ontario. That award was presented to veteran educator, administrator and labour relations facilitator, Mike Riley.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents the interests of Catholic school boards that  collectively educate approximately 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

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For more information, please contact:
Sharon McMillan, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations
Tel: 416-932-9460, ext. 232, Fax: 416-932-9459
E-mail: smcmillan@ocsta.on.ca