Director of Education, David DeSantis
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.
| 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 role in that world
The ALCDSB builds faith-filled learning communities where each member is loved, inspired, and successful.
| 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
Equity and Well-being
Achievement and Innovation