Ontario’s Catholic School Trustees’ Elect New Leadership At Association’s 78th Annual General Meeting


Toronto—April 29, 2008—Over 200 members of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) gathered last week in Niagara Falls to elect new executive members during the 78th Annual General Meeting of the OCSTA membership.

OCSTA is pleased to announce that Sudbury Catholic District School Board Trustee, Paula Peroni has been elected President of the Association. Ms. Peroni has served as OCSTA Vice President since 2006. She was first elected a Catholic trustee in 1997 and has served as Chairperson and Vice Chair of her board for 7 of the past 9 years. A lifelong resident of the Sudbury area, Ms. Peroni has represented the interests of her region as an OCSTA Director since 2000.

“Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools have contributed to the vitality and success of Ontario’s education system for over 160 years. I’m thrilled to be elected the new president of the Association representing the interests of Catholic education in this province and I look forward to working with the government and our partners to enhance education for all of Ontario’s K-12 students,” stated Ms. Peroni.

Catholic District School Board (CDSB) of Eastern Ontario trustee, Nancy Kirby has been elected Vice President of the Association. Currently the Vice Chair of the CDSB of Eastern Ontario, Ms. Kirby has been a member of the OCSTA Board of Directors since April of 2007. She has also served on the Minister of Education’s Advisory Council on Special Education and on the Board of Directors for Curriculum Services Canada.

OCSTA delegates also elected Northeastern Catholic District School Board Trustee, Colleen Landers as the Ontario representative to the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association (CCSTA). CCSTA represents the interests of Catholic school boards at the national level.

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 more than 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.