St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School in Markham’s Middlefield community celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special blessing Mass, presentation and open house on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Many alumni, former staff, parents and members of the school community attended the different events.
The Mass was held in the morning at Chinese Martyrs Catholic Church and was officiated by Father Patrick Gnanapragasam.
A special presentation featuring remarks by local dignitaries and school board officials took place in the afternoon. St. Vincent de Paul alumnus, Father Neiman D’Souza, who is also one of the York Catholic District School Board’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni, spoke to students about JOY – Loving Jesus, Others and Yourself.
Following the presentation, the school held an open house where guests had the chance to visit classrooms, tour the school, reconnect and reminisce.
St. Vincent de Paul CES first opened its doors in 1989 under the direction of its inaugural Principal, Barbara Bodkins. Today, the school offers many programs and initiatives, which are focused on student achievement, as well as, various sporting and extra-curricular activities.
“Our school is blessed to have very dedicated and committed staff,” said Principal Christobel Payne. “Their commitment to the school community is truly inspiring, as they encourage all students to work to their full potential as kind, compassionate, life-long learners. I thank our student and parent communities, past and present, for shaping our school into the dynamic, diverse, inclusive and caring place it is today!”