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It is an honour and privilege to serve the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board as Director of Education. The past three years have been demanding on our senior team, administrators, teaching, and support staff. However, our achievements relative to our new Multi-Year Strategic Plan during this time have reinforced my conviction that Catholic education is adaptive and as such, our Catholic schools continue to nurture faith-filled learning communities where each member is loved, inspired, and successful.

The 2020-2021 school year presented a host of challenges to our staff, students, and families. Our Catholic learning communities responded to remote learning after both Christmas and Easter Break by remaining resilient, perseverant, and steadfast in nurturing the light of hope through some dark days of the pandemic.

Our hearts were full of gratitude as our staff and students returned to our Catholic schools for in- person learning this September. Building socialization skills and nurturing the mental health and well-being of our staff and students were our priorities as we re-engaged with our families and students. The feedback from our administrators and board staff indicate that our tact was a resounding success.

Also, the 2020-2021 school year marked the first complete cycle of our Multi-Year Strategic Plan. The foundation for this five-year plan was built through consultations with a diverse group of stakeholders from public and private sectors. This process yielded our new vision, mission, values statements, and priorities.

I invite you to read the 2021 Director's  Annual Report , which articulates some of the progress our Catholic learning community made in implementing our key actions as we strive to fully meet all our goals within the priorities of Faith, Equity and Well-Being, Achievement and Innovation, and Resource Management.

In collaboration with the Board of Trustees, our senior leadership team, and staff throughout our Catholic education system, we continue to press forward in the interests of strengthening our culture. One that prides itself on organizational excellence in everything that we do so that our students will not just contribute to our world but have a hand in transforming it.

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Our Vision | The world as we want it to be

We imagine a world where all are empowered to reach their full potential through faith and service.

Our Mission | Our role in that world

The ALCDSB builds faith-filled learning communities where each member is loved, inspired, and successful.

Our Values | How we make decisions

  • Our Catholic faith and the joy that comes from living Christ-centered​ lives
  • Responsibility and Stewardship
  • Equity and Well-Being
  • Individual Success and Accomplishment 
Our Priorities| 
  • Faith
  • Equity and Well-being
  • Achievement and Innovation
  • Resource Management 

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  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.