2018 OCSTA Awards Recipients


TORONTO – May 1, 2018 – The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) Awards Program recognizes Catholic Trustees, Student Trustees and other leaders in Catholic education who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to others while exemplifying the values that are at the core of Catholic education. The Association announced the recipients of this year’s awards at the April 27 OCSTA Annual Awards Dinner in Kitchener.

This year’s recipient of the Trustee Award of Merit is long-serving trustee, journalist, and inclusionary education advocate John Curry of the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Through his membership on the Special Education Advisory Committee, John is a very vocal supporter of programming for students with special needs. He has been a proponent for French Immersion in rural and small schools and as a result of his advocacy, the Ottawa Catholic School Board offers the French Immersion pathway in all 83 of its schools.

The OCSTA Special Award is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Catholic education at the provincial level. This year’s recipient is Sr. Joan Cronin, former Executive Director for the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE). During Sr. Joan’s tenure at ICE, she elevated the profile of Catholic education and gained a tremendous level of respect and influence with educators, various Ministers of Education, Premiers and Bishops. As a former instructor in the Supervisory Officers’ Qualifications Program, Sr. Joan played a pivotal role in forming generations of Ontario’s outstanding Catholic school board supervisory officers.

The Student Trustee Alumnus Award is presented annually to Catholic school graduates who served as student trustees at the secondary level and since graduation have demonstrated through their actions the values articulated in the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations framework. This year’s recipient is Dr. Anthony Silva. A former student trustee from the Kenora Catholic District School Board, today Dr. Silva is an Orthopaedic Doctor who has committed his life to helping others through medicine. For more than five years, he has focused on palm frond injury research to support workplace Health and Safety initiatives in addition to conducting research focused on the mental well-being of doctors in the medical profession.

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 educates approximately 550,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

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