Niagara Catholic is extremely proud to announce that Blaine MacDougall, Principal of Cardinal Newman Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls, has been named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals by The Learning Partnership.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Niagara Catholic District School Board is extremely proud of Mr. MacDougall’s recognition as an exemplary educator and an outstanding principal,” said Frank Fera, Chair of the Board. “Blaine has exemplified the qualities of a great leader in the Niagara Catholic District School Board for many years. We wish him the very best as he continues to have a profound impact on the students of his school community.
Director of Education John Crocco also congratulated Principal MacDougall on behalf of staff and students.
“Blaine MacDougall is a strong, committed Catholic educational leader, who serves the students, staff and the families in his school community with compassion and care,” said Director of Education John Crocco. “His dedication and commitment to Catholic education excellence is evident in the schools that he has served. In addition to his active role as a principal, Blaine also serves as President of the Niagara Catholic Principals Council, where he works tirelessly to support and provide educational opportunities for his colleagues. On behalf of the Niagara Catholic community, I congratulate Blaine for this national recognition by The Learning Partnership.”
Mr. MacDougall is the Board’s representative on the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario. In 2017, while principal of St. Michael Catholic Elementary School, he was recognized by CPCO as one of six Principals of the Year.
“I am very humbled, honoured and grateful to have been nominated by my staff. The nomination came as a surprise to me, as I was in the midst of transitioning to a new school. I look back upon my years as an administrator and I have been blessed to have worked with so many creative and dedicated educators within Niagara Catholic,” said Mr. MacDougall. “There are many principals and vice-principals who are doing amazing things in their schools, in their communities and for the Board, and I am just one of many in our Board who would be eligible for this award.
“I would like to thank the staff members who nominated me for this award, and all of my staff members and colleagues who supported this nomination.”
Mr. MacDougall is the third Niagara Catholic principal to receive this recognition. Maurice Charbonneau was recognized with an Outstanding Principals Award in 2005 as principal of Denis Morris Catholic High School. In 2008, Dan Trainor was recognized as an Outstanding Principal by The Learning Partnership while principal of St. James Catholic Elementary School.