The following is part of a 90th Anniversary series that features Catholic trustees from across Ontario sharing insight on the experience of Catholic education at their boards.
1. What Good News and experiences as a Trustee at your CDSB can you share that can serve to illustrate the positive impact of Catholic Schools in the community?
At Wellington Catholic, we celebrated our Spiritual Development Day this past November 29th. The focus of our day was centered on literally taking to heart Catholic social teaching and the second encyclical of Pope Francis, “Laudato si”, on care for our common home. As such, Catholic schools, through various staffs, engaged themselves in a Service activity in the afternoon, pitching in and interacting with community members at local sites, including for example, the St. Vincent de Paul, Michael House, The Drop-In Centre, Rockwood and Erin Foodbanks, the Guelph Foodbank, Centre Wellington Foodbank, The Mount Forest Christmas Bureau and the Arthur Food bank.
Their physical presence and a desire to lend a hand, demonstrated their care and commitment to help others. This was particularly significant in county schools were there is usually one Catholic school serving one town. The experiences were so profound that there is significant interest in continuing this action in the new year.
At Wellington Catholic, we are proud of our social justice initiatives. In participating in the above we recognized, not only the need beyond our borders but within our local neighbourhoods as well.
Trustee, Wellington Catholic DSB