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(Left to right): Marc Kielburger, Angela Stirpe, vice-president, C.F.O. Caldwell Investment Management, Brendan T. Caldwell, president and CEO of Caldwell, Martin Sheen, Alex Escobar, student from Chaminade College School, Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues, TCDSB Chair Ann Andrachuk, Diana Marchese, teacher from St. Gabriel Lalemant and Craig Kielburger.

Today’s Good News highlight looks at how activities at two of Ontario’s Catholic school boards help to under score the distinctiveness of Catholic education–a distinctiveness that offers students significant opportunities to serve and care for the most vulnerable in our midst and to celebrate a faith tradition that nourishes and develops the whole student – mind, body and spirit.

TCDSB Celebrates Partnership with Free the Children With Actor and Activist Martin Sheen

The Toronto Catholic District School Board was pleased to celebrate its lengthy partnership with Free The Children with a special event held on May 28th at the Catholic Education Centre. The Board welcomed back alumni Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of Free The Children, and renowned actor and social justice advocate Martin Sheen.

Marc Kielburger announced that We Day, the organization’s youth empowerment event, which has its roots with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, was going national. Presentations were made to Bruce Rodrigues, TCDSB Director of Education in recognition of the continued support and partnership of the Board, Diana Marchese, Educator from St. Gabriel Lalemant Catholic School and Alex Escobar, Student from Chaminade College School who were being recognized for their leadership.

TCDSB Chair Ann Andrachuk told the gathering that “We Day continues to be a catalyst for energizing the students in our schools to put their Catholic faith and values into action. We see evidence of that inspiration throughout the school year as they engage in raising awareness and funds for a wide variety of initiatives.”

Craig Kielburger spoke with great fondness about his years as a TCDSB student and the support he received from his teachers.  He was pleased to announce that students across the Board have responded to the call to action. “TCDSB students have logged over 190,000 volunteer hours last year – a demonstration that they are living their faith through service,” said Craig Kielburger.

With his faith firmly rooted in non-violence, Martin Sheen may be best known for his peace actions, but he supports a myriad of charitable causes and social justice projects, as well as being an outspoken advocate to cure the plight of the homeless. Mr. Sheen’s address to the staff and students encouraged them to “find their passion to change the world.”

“The TCDSB was the first Board to support We Day and we are proud of our shared history with Free The Children,” said Director of Education, Bruce Rodrigues.  “We applaud the work that is being done throughout the year by our own students and school communities to raise awareness and provide much-needed resources to vulnerable children and their families around the world.”

“Craig and Marc, both graduates of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, are inspirational role models for our youth.  They have exceeded our Catholic Graduate Expectations as collaborative contributors who find meaning, dignity and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good,” said Mr. Rodrigues.

Celebrating our Faith – Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

CDSB-Eastern-CEWcropvidCatholic Education Week wrapped up a few weeks ago but we have for you an opportunity to briefly see and listen to the liturgical celebrations that took place at the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. This short video closes with the beautiful CEW song for 2012 “Walking in the Light of Christ” performed by Nancy Bodsworth Boss of the Dufferin Peel CDSB.  Click here to view the video.