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This year’s theme is Walking in the Light of Christ

Schools across the York Catholic District School Board will celebrate Catholic Education Week (May 6 -11) by holding many special events and activities that recognize the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to the community, province and country.

York schools will join in with Catholic communities across Ontario to reflect upon this year’s Catholic Education Week theme, Walking in the Light of Christ, through prayer, assemblies, school open houses, guest speakers, a board-wide justice symposium, an arts festival, fundraisers and York Catholic District School Board’s highly-anticipated, annual “Distinguished Alumni” campaign.

Each year, the school board salutes a small sample of its alumni who have gone on to make unique and distinctive contributions in various fields, such as entertainment, business, athletics, philanthropy and more. This year the six alumni who were chosen include:

• Grammy award-winning singer, Melanie Fiona, who graduated from St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Maple;

• Breast cancer researcher, Arthur Kwok, who graduated from St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham;

• Canadian business woman and one of Chatelaine magazine’s 2011 Women of the Year, Alejandra De Miguel, a graduate of St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in Thornhill;

• Team Canada athlete, Brent Hoey, who completed his academic career at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Newmarket;

• News anchor and award-winning reporter, Cristina Tenaglia, a graduate of Holy Cross Catholic Academy in Woodbridge; and

• Entrepreneurial siblings Chris, Kathleen, and Trevor Williams, who were featured on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and are all alumni of Cardinal Carter Catholic High School in Aurora.

Full profiles for each “Distinguished Alumni” are available on the York Catholic District School Board website , and have also been included on posters which were sent to board schools and parishes across York Region. Ads featuring the alumni will also be in local and Catholic newspapers as part of the school board’s recognition of Catholic Education Week.

“Catholic Education Weeks provides a great opportunity to highlight the many contributions Catholic schools make in our communities,” says Susan La Rosa, Director of Education. “Our Catholic schools consistently produce high levels of student academic achievement and intertwined with their studies, students also learn to demonstrate Catholic virtues in their everyday lives.”

During Catholic Education Week, students will reflect on what it means to be Walking in the Light of Christ by exploring a sub-theme each day during the week in their schools and by taking part in various activities and events.

Catholic Education Week events and activities hope to inspire and promote optimism among school communities. View the list of YCDSB Catholic Education Week school events.