Kathy Burtnik31 Parnell Road
St. Catharines, ON
December 6, 2016
We have so much to celebrate in our rich history. We have a remarkable, dedicated staff who constantly bring the light and the life of Christ into our classrooms, hallways, offices and communities. The coming year will be marked with challenges and opportunities. We will only be able to meet those challenges, and take the opportunities if we are committed as trustees, not to our own motives, but to the collective mission of Catholic education here in Niagara. We have our Bishop & a Diocese of parishioners who count on us to keep the gift of Catholic education fully alive. We have parents and guardians who for a multitude of very personal reasons choose Niagara Catholic to help raise their children to be all they can be in this world. We have students from 3 to 93 who are counting on us to be the hands, the feet and the heart of Christ.
We must continue to build relationships with each other and with all those who have an interest in Catholic education. I know I said this last year, but it bears repeating – We are all aware of the constant whispers calling for the discontinued funding of our schools. We cannot dismiss them, we can however diminish their noise by loudly and proudly proclaiming our distinctiveness. If we can continue to do this, as we did this past year, without using words, by simply living out the gospel story of peace, love, acceptance and forgiveness we will have accomplished great things in our community. We will have honoured the sacrifices of those that have gone before us in building the foundation upon which we stand. This moment of promise has been given to each of us, we are not here by mistake, let’s hold it sacred and continue to share the good news with all we meet.
I look forward to working with Father Paul. In moving our staff, students and communities ever closer to the face of God.
Wishing you all of God’s blessings – blessings of Peace, of Love and of Joy.
View Vice-Chair Burtnik’s remarks here.