The growth and success that we enjoy in Catholic education today is a testament to the unwavering commitment of strong leaders who believed in the importance of the separate school system.
William Amadio – known to friends and colleagues as Bill – was one such champion.
Bill is a role model for students and staff, particularly for his committed practice to looking to expand and improve Catholic education.
Bill was an up-and-coming lawyer when he was elected as a trustee of the Welland County Roman Catholic Separate School Board in 1972 at the age of 26. Over his tenure with Welland County Catholic, Bill served as a trustee, vice-chair and Chair of the Board.
His call to action laid the groundwork for closer co-operation between the public and Catholic school boards in Niagara, and he actively supported funding to increase and expand special education programs for students, even during times of austerity. During his years with the Welland County Roman Catholic Separate School Board, Bill supported and enabled the expansion of Board infrastructure through buying and exchanging lands, as well as through the expansion of at-capacity schools and building new ones. He also actively supported the Ministry in its move to approve Grade 9 and 10 Religion credits for students in Catholic secondary schools.
Bill is a founding member of the Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education, and has served on the Board for many years, currently as a Director. Prior to his retirement from his law practice in 2018, Bill served as Niagara Catholic’s lawyer. His expert legal guidance and sage counsel has not only assisted the Board, but also the Foundation, allowing the organization to fulfill its mandate to assist students in need.
Bill also has given much back to the Niagara Falls community. He has served as Chair and Co-Chair of the Niagara Falls United Way campaigns, and a member of the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member of the Finance Council of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Niagara Falls, where he is a regular parishioner, and continues to be a passionate advocate of Catholic education.