Joseph Noonan began his career in Catholic education in the 1950s, and spent the next 44 years committed to expanding Catholic education in Niagara. In those early years, Mr. Noonan went door-to-door in Welland to convince Catholic ratepayers to direct their taxes to Catholic schools which were in need of financial support. He was steadfast in his belief that Catholic schools should receive equitable resources in order to advance the quality and scope of Catholic education in Niagara.
As a teacher, Mr. Noonan demanded high standards of his students, while instilling in them a belief in their abilities through hard work and commitment to their faith. As an administrator, his intensity and commitment to students were strong examples to his staffs. As a trustee, Mr. Noonan was a frequent visitor in schools, speaking with students and staff so that he could better understand the issues he needed to bring to the Board table. He was unequivocally advanced in his ideas about the value of providing students with innovative ways to enrich students and teachers in Catholic schools, for justice in decision-making and was equally at ease with everyone from students to government officials.
Mr. Noonan passed away in November, 2007, at the age of 81.
Inducted April 10, 2015