Date of Review:
Dates of Amendment:
May 26, 2010 - Board
Principal and interest on donations from the family and friends of Fintan Kilbride, as well as any further contributions, are to be used to provide for an annual award to an eligible graduate student of a Toronto Catholic District School Board secondary school who has been accepted into a recognized post-secondary institution. The award is in memory of TCDSB teacher Fintan Kilbride (see Appendix A).
1. Annual donations shall be maintained in the current accounts of the Board.
2. An annual award of no less than $500 will be given to a graduate student of a Toronto Catholic District School Board secondary school who provides proof of registration to a recognized post-secondary institution.
3. The distribution of the cash award is contingent upon submission of:
i) a copy of the student’s résumé including his or her social justice initiatives and community involvement and;
ii) a 250-word essay illustrating how the student formed his or her commitment to the Gospel values of social justice for the poor and/or marginalized, how the student has attempted to live out this commitment thus far, and how it may be implemented in the student’s future.
5. A cheque will be presented to the recipient at his or her graduation ceremony. Ms. Kilbride, or her designate, is to be invited to attend the graduation and to present the award.
6. The TCDSB, in consultation with Ms. Kilbride, or her designate, will review annually and adjust the amount of the award, if sustainable, in order to keep the award in line the minimum amount of $500 per year.
7. If for any reason, the award is to be discontinued, any remaining principal amount and interest accrued will be given, in Fintan Kilbride’s name to the TCDSB Student Leadership program to support its work for social justice.
(Excerpt from the Catholic Register--January 5, 2007 and edited by Tomi Tarusuk)
One of eight children, Mr. Kilbride was born in 1927 in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. He grew up in Clonmel, County Tipperary, and credited the local church, run by the Franciscan order, with instilling his commitment to social justice at a very young age.
He entered the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in 1944 and taught in Trinidad from 1948 to 1951 where he was recruited to play on Trinidad's national field hockey team. He returned to Ireland and was ordained in 1954.
For 15 years he worked as a missionary in Eastern Nigeria, where he built and staffed 3 high schools and a 50-bed hospital before the fall of Biafra in 1970 ended his work there.
Mr. Kilbride returned to graduate school, and left the priesthood after nearly two decades to marry Kenise Murphy Kilbride in 1973. Together the couple had two daughters, Siobhan and Ciara.
Although he left the priesthood Mr. Kilbride continued working for the poor as a volunteer in places such as Jamaica, Haiti, and Nicaragua.
The family moved to Canada in 1975 and Mr. Kilbride was offered a job at Toronto's Neil McNeil High School. After retiring in 1992, he continued as a substitute teacher until 2003. While at the school he founded a program eventually to be called Students Crossing Borders, which introduces students to the realities of working in developing countries. Each year he took students to work in impoverished neighbourhoods in Kingston, Jamaica; this program continues under the administration of some of its graduates, now professors and teachers who remain committed to the ideals which inspired Fintan.
Fintan Kilbride died December 21, 2006 after a battle with cancer. He was 79.