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Team CEC Rides the Big Bike and Raises Money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation 

Twenty-eight hearty and adventuresome members of the Catholic Education Centre staff in Wallaceburg volunteered to ride the Big Bike for the Heart & Stroke Foundation this week.

Team CEC set $1,500 as a fundraising goal and we are happy to report that we raised just over $2,000. 

"It's important to remember that Chatham-Kent has among the highest incidence of heart disease in Ontario," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.  "What a tremendous accomplishment and a worthy cause!"

The staff's reward for the successful fundraiser was a 20 minute ride through Wallaceburg on the big bike, fashionably decked-out in Hawaiian attire!

"Special thanks to Lisa Vander Pryt and Melissa Steele for organizing this fun event in cooperation with the Chatham-Kent Heart & Stroke Foundation and to all our staff who participated in the event, or contributed to the success of the fundraiser," says Mrs. Crawford.


May 18, 2018

Special Sarnia Deanery Meeting Brings Together Catholic Partners from Across the Community 

The second of two planned meetings with the Sarnia and Kent Deaneries was held today at the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall in Sarnia, with representatives of Catholic educations foundational triad of home, school and parish.  Members of the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Women's League, parents, parish members, trustees, principals, Board administration, union and association representatives and pastors were on hand for this important gathering.

"We are so grateful you are here today, because you represent our entire faith community," Director of Education Deb Crawford told the guests. 

The purpose of the meeting was twofold: First, to explore together the new Pastoral Care of Our Catholic Schools document.  Joe Bezzina, a retired educator who is currently the Director of Pastoral Services with the Diocese of London, led the discussion.  Secondly, the group reviewed the new religion curriculum Growing in Faith - Growing in Christ, which was recently released in schools.  Superintendent of Education Laura Callaghan and Elementary Curriculum Consultant Kim Fitzmorris introduced the new curriculum and helped the group to experience the many resources that are available, including online components that can be accessed by parents and the parishes.

"I want to thank the members of the Sarnia Deanery for helping us to make this gathering possible," says Mrs. Crawford.  "It can only serve to strengthen and support Catholic education whenever all of the partners can come together like we have today."

A similar gathering of Catholic partners in the Kent Deanery was held in April in Chatham.

May 18, 2018

The Muskoka Woods Experience - Building Faith in a New Generation of Leaders 

Hundreds of Grade 7 students from across the St. Clair Catholic District School Board in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton participated in the annual Muskoka Woods Experience with the studens leaders from their Catholic high schools - St. Patrick's in Sarnia and Ursuline College in Chatham.

"This is a tremendous faith-building and leadership experience in an awesome setting," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.  "It's a time with friends and mentors that our students will never forget!"

Each year, the Muskoka Woods Leadership Camp brings together secondary student leaders and Grade 7 students for a retreat filled with growth opportunities for every student.

"Special thanks to Father John Comiskey for his leadership, mentorship and for celebrating inspirational Masses, that lifted our faith and brought us into a close and moving encounter with Christ," says Mrs. Crawford. 

"He connected with our students in ways that will impact their faith and their growth as young men and women for many years to come."

Muskoka Woods offers a challenge by choice environment, where students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone in ways that embrace new relationships and personal challenges.


May 09, 2018
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22-May-18 Board of Trustees Approves Renovations for Holy Family Catholic School in Wallaceburg
22-May-18 Accessibility Plan for 2018-2019 Presented to Trustees
22-May-18 Director of Education Announces Principal Appointments for September 2018
08-May-18 Grade 2 Teacher at St. Anne Catholic School in Sarnia Receive Prime Minister's Certificate of Achievement
04-May-18 Catholic Education 'Renewing The Promise" is the Theme for Catholic Education Week 2018
25-Apr-18 St. Clair Catholic Staff to Celebrate System Faith Development Day - Renewing our Passion and Purpose
24-Apr-18 Board of Trustees Approves Capital Projects at Three St. Clair Catholic Schools
24-Apr-18 Board Approves Appointment of Student Trustees
27-Mar-18 Director of Education Announces Principal and Vice Principal Transfers Effective September 2018
27-Mar-18 St. Clair Catholic Trustees receive Report on Board Calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year
27-Feb-18 St. Patrick's Grade 11 Communications Tech Class Receives Prestigious Ontario Heritage Award
01-Feb-18 Province Approves $17 Million in Funding for New Catholic School and Child Care in Sarnia
26-Jan-18 Ministry of Education Approves $534,421 for New Child Care Spaces at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Sarnia
19-Dec-17 "Blessing of the Ground" Kick-off Celebration to be held at Site of New North Chatham School
05-Dec-17 John Van Heck Acclaimed Chair of the Board; Michelle Parks Acclaimed Vice Chair
28-Nov-17 2017 Director's Annual Report Presented to St. Clair Catholic Board of Trustees
08-Nov-17 Director of Education Announces Mid-Year Principal and Vice Principal Transfers
24-Oct-17 Our Lady of Fatima Principal Lisa Demers Appointed Superintendent of Education
12-Oct-17 CLASS Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week and Bus Driver Appreciation Day
20-Sept-17 St. Clair Catholic Releases Results for Grade 3 and 6 EQAO, Grade 9 Math; and Grade 10 OSSLT Assessments
06-Sept-17 Deb Crawford named new St. Clair Catholic Director of Education, Effective January 1, 2018
29-Aug-17 Board Announces Location of New North Chatham Elementary School

Upon Whose Shoulders We Stand - A Letter from the Director of Education 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario has produced a 35-minute documentary, which celebrates the legacy of the many contributions of religious congregations to Catholic education in Ontario from the mid-19th century to today.  It is now posted to our Board website at:


The film features interviews with teachers, students, historians and members of Religious Congregations across Ontario, who help to tell the story of the over 70 communities and their formative influence on education in Ontario. This documentary explores the heroic history of these Religious Congregations, both English and French, as they built the infrastructure that was to become the Catholic School System of Ontario.

We witness students from Stratford who journey to Toronto to participate in the World Climate March. Students from Southern Ontario visit remote First Nations villages north of Superior to learn more about Indigenous culture as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for action.  These young people from the south experience the beauty of Native spirituality through smudging ceremonies and hoop dances. It is the story of heroic individuals, who were inspired to cross oceans and to live in hostile environments in service of their faith. And it is a story without an ending, as it will be the new generation of teachers, entering the vocation of education in the Catholic system who will write its next chapters. 

The producers of the film have provided the questions and information below to help guide your thoughts and reflections as you view the film.

Questions Before the Film

  1. What would be the defining characteristics of a school that you would want to be part of?
  2. In what ways can Catholic schools contribute to public betterment or social change?
  3. What do you know about the beginnings of Separate Schools in Ontario?  When were they officially recognized and who were the leading characters

Questions After the Film

  1. Name three images and three sounds that were memorable for you.  Would you share them with others who viewed the film?  Why are they particularly memorable to you?
  2. What does Prof. McGowan mean when he says “robbing Peter to pay Paul?”
  3. Is there anything that surprised you about the history of Catholic education in the province of Ontario?
  4. What are some of the new roles that Religious Congregations who staffed an administered Catholic schools are currently engaged in?  Are there examples in the film?
  5. What steps would you like to see taken by schools and boards to further the cause of reconciliation with Native people?
  6. What shoulders have you stood upon in your journey through Catholic education?

As we celebrate Catholic Education Week in Ontario, I encourage you to watch this important film with your family. It is a film for those who want to know more about the legacy of Catholic education in the province of Ontario; that we might know and appreciate on whose shoulders we stand. 


Deb Crawford

Director of Education

May 07, 2018
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