Celebrating Niagara Catholic’s Distinguished Alumni

Niagara Catholic is proud to honour three very distinct Distinguished Alumni, who were honoured at our 6th Annual Distinguished Alumni Lunch on at the Catholic Education Centre on May 11.

One has devoted her life to serving the Lord in some of the most impoverished places in the world. One is a physiotherapist and philanthropist serving her community. And one is a peacekeeper who is now leading a new generation of Canadian military. Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board, remarked on the unique ways each recipient lives their life according to Gospel teachings.

“As we conclude Catholic Education Week, it’s wonderful to be able to reflect on the very different ways these three individuals walk in the footsteps of Christ,” said Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board. “Sister Caroline Sneek, Dr. Tania Mannella and Warrant Officer Robert Morningstar are shining example of service before self, and, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am honoured to congratulate them as 2018 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.”

Director of Education John Crocco called Sr. Sneek, Dr. Mannella and Warrant Officer Morningstar individuals who represent the very best in Catholic education.

“Today, I am proud to recognize three truly impressive individuals who exemplify the very best in Catholic education,” said Director of Education John Crocco. “Each is very accomplished in their own right, and they exemplify the Catholic Graduate Expectations and Catholic Social Teachings.  They, along with the recipients from our previous years, represent the best of the best of Catholic education. On behalf of all Niagara Catholic students and staff, I congratulate Sister Caroline, Dr. Tania Mannella and Warrant Officer Rob Morningstar for their continued outstanding contribution to the communities they serve.”

The celebration included a beautiful lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts students from Notre Dame College School, under the guidance of teacher Chef Chris Begin. The outstanding meal and service was complimented by the beautiful musical performance by Hunter Murdoch, a Grade 12 student at Saint Michael Catholic High School who played the keyboard during lunch.

Dr. Mannella spoke about the power of empathy how a seemingly fleeting encounter with her vice-principal on a bad day showed her how much staff care for students. Warrant Officer Morningstar spoke about his years of service to the country, and in a speech read by her colleague Sister Amanda, Sister Caroline Sneek spoke about the “eternity of Catholic education,” and how her years at Notre Dame College School shaped her life.

You can read the full media release with the recipient biographies here, and read the story by Niagara This Week reporter Paul Forsyth here.

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