Celebrating our 2017 Director’s Inspiration Award Recipients

The Director’s Inspiration Award was created in June, 2013, to honour Niagara Catholic exemplary staff members who embodies the Mission, Vision and Values of our system, our vocation and our call to serve students, colleagues and our community and recognize faithful, passionate, innovative and extraordinary contributions to Niagara Catholic.

The 2017 Director’s Inspiration Awards celebration took place at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in St. Catharines on October 19, and honoured 11 individuals who do extraordinary work for students and colleagues every day.

The evening began with a Mass concelebrated by Bishop Gerard Bergie, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines, and Father Paul MacNeil, pastor of Our Lady of the Scapular Roman Catholic Church in Niagara Falls.

The reading focused on humility and about doing good work, and Bishop Bergie echoed those sentiments in his homily. He credited the recipients for the tremendous examples of servant leadership in all that they do, and reminded us that this is what Christ calls us to do every day.

“The best way to proclaim your faith is by witnessing,” he said, before quoting Christ’s words from Luke, reminding those in attendance “that the measure you give shall be the measure you get back.”

Following the Mass, Fr. Paul stepped into his role as Chair of the Board to welcome the approximately 175 honourees and guests in attendance, and noted that the both the homily message and the award celebration “remind me that education is very much about the future.”

Director of Education John Crocco encapsulated some of the highlights from the nomination forms in his speech, which commended all 11 recipients – and those nominated – for being leaders in what they do every day. He credited them for the way in which they continue to shine a light in what is often a very dark world.

“If we were to take a snapshot of our world today, we would see a world with places of conflict between nations and people, public figures who are not truthful and honest, nations, communities and families that are divided, challenges to the rule of law and social norms,” said Director Crocco. “And amidst all of this, we have very powerful and personal images of love, kindness, good, compassion, hope and joy. Here in our paradise of the world, as partners in Catholic education, we recognize those who exemplify the impact on the lives of students and colleagues.”

The evening ended with a reception in the church hall, where recipients, their nominators and guests enjoyed refreshments prepared by students in Niagara Catholic’s Culinary Arts programs. Thank you to Hollo Maple Farms for once again supplying fruit, pumpkins, gourds and mums to complete our fall-themed decor.

Please check the gallery below for photos of our recipients. Absent from the event was recipient Tammy Morrone, who had a prior engagement.

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