Success of Catholic Schools Recognized by Minister of Education at Provincial Conference to Elect Regional Leadership

TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Trustees from Ontario's Catholic school boards gathered in Toronto on May 3, to elect Regional Directors for the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA) and to meet Ontario's Minister of Education, the Hon. Liz Sandals. The election and meeting was part of OCSTA's Annual General Meeting and Conference.

During the Minister's presentation, she acknowledged the contribution of Ontario's Catholic school boards to the success of Ontario's education system—an education system that has received international acclaim for its innovation and ability to support student success.

Trustees welcomed the Minister's statements about Catholic education and her unequivocal support for publicly funded Catholic schools. The Minister further added that "Catholic boards have committed themselves wholeheartedly to improving student achievement and have been a key partner in the success of Ontario's education system."

Following are the OCSTA Regional Director Election Results:

Region 1 - Acclaimed
Colleen Landers, Northeastern Catholic District School Board

Region 2 - Acclaimed
Paul Landry, Kenora Catholic District School Board

Region 3 (At Large)
Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, The Northwest Catholic District School Board

Region 4 - Acclaimed
Beverly Eckensweiler, Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board

Region 5 - Acclaimed
Linda Ward, St. Clair Catholic District School Board

Region 6 - No Election: ** 2012 Appointment**
Sal Piccininni & Maria Rizzo, Toronto Catholic District School Board

Region 7 - No Election: **2012 Appointment**
Anna da Silva & Thomas Thomas, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Region 8 - No Election: **2012 Appointment**
Carol Cotton, York Catholic District School Board

Region 9
Shawn Cooper, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Region 10 - Acclaimed
Andrew Bray, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board

Region 11 - Acclaimed
Arlene Iantomasi, Halton Catholic District School Board
Patrick Daly, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

Elections were not held for OCSTA's Executive Officers as the existing officers are serving terms that will expire in 2014.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents the interests of Catholic school boards that collectively educate approximately 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Image with caption: "2013 OCSTA Board of Directors (CNW Group/Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130506_C4066_PHOTO_EN_26434.jpg

SOURCE: Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association

For further information:

Sharon McMillan, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations
Tel: 416-932-9460, ext. 232, Fax: 416-932-9459   E-mail: smcmillan@ocsta.on.ca


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