Catholic Student Youth Day

We are pleased to announce that on May 8th, during Catholic Education Week, our system will once again celebrate Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day (OCSYD). Over the last several years our provincial student trustee leadership team has taken on the task of planning an engaging and interactive event to inform and inspire Catholic youth in our system. Below is the program outlining the sessions planned for the 2024 Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day Seminar.

Please note that this will be a virtual seminar hosted on OCSTA’s Zoom platform and offered at no cost to CDSB students. This event will start at 9:15 a.m. and will include the Catholic Education Week Provincial Mass, celebrated by The Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharines and President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. The celebration of the Eucharist will be presented via live-stream from the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria at 11:00 a.m.

Following is the link to view the Provincial Mass live-stream from the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria: A separate Zoom link for the OCSYD Seminar will be sent to registered board contacts prior to the event.

Students in grades 7 -12 at Ontario’s Catholic school boards can register for this event by contacting their local Catholic school board.

Students who attend this special event will be receiving an OCSTA certificate of appreciation for their attendance and participation.

Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day Schedule

Catholic Education Week Theme: We are Called to Love

9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

David Beshai, OSTA-AECO Catholic Board Council Vice President

OCSTA President

9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

Cadmus Delorme, Founder and CEO of OneHoop Advisory Services

10:30 a.m.

First Nation, Metis and Inuit Studies Course – Introduction & Facilitated Discussion


11:00 a.m.

Provincial Catholic Education Week Mass

Celebrated by His Excellency, Bishop Gerard Bergie

12:00 p.m.



12:45 p.m.

Introduction to OCSTA Resource: Indigenous Knowledges: Joy, Beauty, Brilliance

Anne O’Brien, Director of Catholic Education, OCSTA

Jodie Williams, Indigenous Lead, Dufferin-Peel CDSB

1:15 p.m.

Indigenous Influencers & Contributors

Student Trustee Presentations

2:15 p.m.

Raffle & Closing Remarks