Another dynamic Catholic Education Week has drawn to a close at Niagara Catholic.
The week began with Music Monday at our schools, followed that evening by our Catch the Spirit Awards, which recognize student excellence within Niagara Catholic. One student from each Catholic elementary and secondary school, and one student from our Continuing Education Learning Centres are selected by staff to receive this award.
A number of other events took place in schools throughout the week, including mental health and social justice initiatives, a citizenship court, and the pinnacle of Catholic Education Week, our Distinguished Alumni Celebration, which took place at the Catholic Education Centre on May 8.
This year’s event honoured three individuals who are renowned in their chosen fields and for their social justice activities at home and around the world.
Approximately 40 people took part in the luncheon, including the families and friends of our 2015 recipients, representatives from the schools they attended, and the individuals who nominated them.
Following lunch prepared by Notre Dame College School Culinary Arts students, under the guidance of Chef Chris Begin, Director of Education John Crocco introduced each of the nominees, who said they were honoured and humbled to receive the award.
Local oncologist Dr. Michael Levesque was presented with his award by Family of Schools Superintendent of Education Lee Ann Forsyth-Sells. In accepting his award, Dr. Levesque thanked his former teacher, Mr. Frank Delazzer, for instilling a love of learning in him and his family for creating an environment at home that supported his academic endeavours and his desire to help the community.
Joseph McDonald, who is currently completing law school at Osgoode Hall, expressed his gratitude at being recognized for doing what he was always taught to do; to help others and support those in the community who did not have the same opportunities afforded to them that he had at home and school. He was presented with his award by Family of Schools Superintendent of Education Yolanda Baldasaro.
Terri-Lynn Woodhouse was presented with her award by Family of Schools Superintendent of Education Ted Farrell. She began her career teaching adults and a spontaneous side-trip to Morocco after participating in the El Camino trek in Spain led her to a business opportunity that offered her the chance to help artisans in the developing world. In accepting her award, Terri-Lynn noted it was an honour to be recognized for doing what she was taught to do throughout her Catholic education.
Thank you to all those who worked to make this event such a success, with special thanks to Eli LeRose of Notre Dame College School for taking time out of his school day to act as official videographer and the Holy Cross Jazz Band for providing the entertainment.
Nominations for the 2016 awards will open in late 2015.
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