Premier Wynne and School Alumni Join in Celebrating the Launch of Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day

TORONTO, April 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Catholic Education Week in Ontario happens next week, from May 3-8,  but this year students have added a new component to the event—the first ever Ontario Catholic Student Youth day (#OCSYD) happening on May 7, 2015.

Premier of Ontario, The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, celebrities Rick Mercer and Catholic school alumnus, Enrico Colantoni (of TV shows Just Shoot Me! Veronica Mars and Flashpoint) are just some of the high profile Ontarians featured on the video sharing their best wishes for students. To view this video visit: The video was created by Catholic student trustees Joe McLeod of the York Catholic District School Board and Quinn Scarlett of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

Catholic Education Week 2015 celebrates the theme "Exploring Paths of Joy" – a theme inspired by the work of Pope Francis and his focus on the "Joy of the Gospel." The week long promotion is the culmination of several months of school activities, social justice initiatives, prayers and reflections designed to help students deepen their awareness and understanding of their calling to serve others with compassion, humanity and joy.

Media are invited to contact their local Catholic school boards or the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA) to learn more about the extensive activities happening at schools across Ontario. Of particular note is the province-wide Mass that will happen on May 7 (the same day as Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day) at many Catholic schools and at every Catholic school board across Ontario.

OCSTA created Catholic Education Week 14 years ago to celebrate Catholic education in communities across Ontario.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association is the provincial voice for Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents all English Catholic school boards and collectively educates approximately 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

SOURCE Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Sharon McMillan, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations, Tel: 416-932-9460, ext. 232 / cell: (416) 460-7937 / E-mail:,


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