Fellow Trustees, Student Trustees, Members of Senior Administration, Friends of Catholic Education, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am both honoured and humbled to be standing before you this morning, knowing that your confidence and faith has allowed me the opportunity to be the Chair of the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board for 2017.
I look forward to working with Jamie our Director, Norm our Vice-Chair and with each of you this coming year. We have accomplished many goals in Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board and we will continue to do so.
I am very excited that our Board is continuing a partnership with The Future Design School and their “Design Thinking” strategy. It is imperative that we prepare our students for the future. They inhabit a different world than we did. We need to teach them differently, to be innovative, to work both collaboratively and independently, to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers. We are making significant changes in classroom teaching and learning all across the board.
Technology has become a necessity for our students. It is just one of many tools we will continue to develop and grow both in the classroom and in our offices here at the Board.
Our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. We are blessed to have these students in our schools. They not only add cultural diversity but also help us better understand and grow with the knowledge of their history and ethnicity.
I would like to continue building relationships in our communities, with our parents, our politicians, and the many organizations who have become a part of our school communities; with our First Nations communities and within our own Catholic community. Working with each other and putting our many talents and ideas together, we can achieve great things for our students!
Ours is a Catholic Education, based on gospel values. We not only teach the academics but we feed and nourish the mind, body and soul. Many believe this is limited to our religion classes when in actuality, our faith is interwoven in all our day-to-day studies and activities through Christian meditation, daily prayer, school masses, sacramental preparation, faith formation for both students and staff; helping those less fortunate than ourselves through social justice opportunities organized by our students; practicing our Catholic virtues; the opportunity in our schools to discuss not only our faith but other religions as well. This list goes on and on…
Let’s face it, in today’s fast changing world we are treading in unknown waters. We need to prepare our students not only academically and skillfully but also for their well-being and spirituality. This is what our Catholic education will provide ~ a moral compass in today’s secular society.
Our Catholic Graduation Expectations are high but we expect nothing but the best from our students!
I ask each one of you, our staff, and our students to continue practicing our Board Vision to “Let Your Light Shine”. Be proud to be Catholic and be proud of your Catholic Education!
Thank you again for giving me this opportunity and God Bless you!