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TCDSB Awards Night 2022

Awards Night is the traditional celebration held by the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) to launch Catholic Education Week. It is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of our alumni, students, staff and friends of Catholic education.

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2022 TCDSB Award Recipients

Team Achievement Awards

Immaculate Conception’s Faith And Equity Group
Led by Teachers, Ms. Bermitt, Mrs. Dorego, Ms. Picarelli, And Ms. Valade

Ongoing school leadership, including the annual organization of charitable community contributions.

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St. Michael’s Choir School’s Cardboard Hovercraft Team
Augustin C., Zachary M., Massimo K., And Andrew W.

First Place in Skills Ontario Cardboard Hovercraft Races Championship Round.

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Student Achievement Awards

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Stephanie De C.
Senator O’Connor College
A local and board-wide leader who is actively involved in her school and surrounding communities, acting as a leader in her roles as Student Trustee, Co-Chair of the Catholic Student Leadership Team (CSLIT), student council representative, AFL Board member, and Co-President of her school’s Safe Schools Team and Stop the Stigma Club – just to name a few.

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Adekunbi L.
Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School
A student leader committed to social justice issues, holding roles as Co-Chair of the Student Census Success Committee, CSLIT Director of Equity, and as Member of the Student Advisory Council.

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Dominique A.
Francis Libermann Catholic Secondary School
A student leader holding roles as Student Council Treasurer, member of CSLIT, and a mentor and tutor to many peers through her involvement in the grade nine transition program.

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Adrian O.
Francis Libermann Catholic Secondary School
A student leader, and active community volunteer with FOCUS Youth, Adrian holds roles as Student Council Treasurers, and member of Libermann’s Black Alliance Club, which included leading events during Black History Month.

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Sebastian P.
Bishop Allen Academy
Recognized for leadership, community involvement and volunteering, Sebastian has been active in the arts and athletics throughout his high school career, including as a member of the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Baseball and Cross Country teams.

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Julia G.
Holy Spirit Catholic School
A dynamic role model to her peers, always working to actively engage others in class lessons and activities.

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Johan M.
Holy Spirit Catholic School
A collaborative contributor in his classroom who models our pastoral plan, illustrating that to walk with Christ is to walk together with those in our community.

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Jayda B.
Michael Power - St Joseph Catholic High School
An active school, parish and community volunteer who went above and beyond as executive member of the school's Black History Every Day Committee to engage and educate students, staff and parents throughout the school year.

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Smret G.
James Cardinal Mcguigan Catholic High School
An active school and parish member, Smret volunteers her time mentoring students in James Cardinal McGuigan’s English as a Second Language Class.

Sister Evanne Hunter Award for Young Women in Leadership

The award is given annually to two exceptional female TCDSB students in their graduating year (one student in Grade 8 and one student Grade 12) in recognition of the students’ leadership qualities based on four foundational Principles that exhibit the leadership traits of Sister Evanne.

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Charlotte H.
Holy Angels Catholic School
Charlotte is known providing a positive force in her school community, role model and leader to fellow classmates, and a generous and caring community member who has led charitable initiatives for families in need.

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Shanteese H.
St. Joseph Morrow Park
Shanteese is known as an impactful leader and change-maker with a passion for inspiring others. Executive Leader of the Afro-Caribbean Club and Events Coordinator for School Sports, Shanteese Henry uses her positive spirit to actively engage everyone around her to do more for their communities.

Sister Mary Hamilton Award for Exceptional Students

This award is made annually to exceptional TCDSB elementary and secondary students in recognition of significant personal achievements or exceptional contributions to the lives of others.

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Thomas N.
Holy Angels Catholic School
Thomas is an integral part of his class and community, who has helped make Holy Angels a more accepting and loving school. Thomas inspires his classmates to be more open and to have empathy for others. An embodiment of TCDSB’s mission statement, Thomas will leave a legacy of kindness and compassion when he graduates and leaves Holy Angels this year.

Austin B.
St. Basil-the-Great College School
Austin is being recognized for his dedication and perseverance in achieving personal and academic success, as he approaches grade 12 graduation. Austin is an active school and community member, using his spare time to volunteer with the Etobicoke Humane Society and Toronto Miracle.

Ashif Jaffer Award for Excellence in Special Education Support

This award recognizes a TCDSB teacher, education assistant, peer tutor/helper or volunteer who has demonstrated excellence in the support of Special Education.

Mary Miller
ME/DD Teacher, Cardinal Leger Catholic School
Mary Miller is recognized for her collaborative programming and going above and beyond to support her colleagues, students and their families. Ms. Miller’s efforts to ensure an integrated classroom provides students with a safe and caring space to learn and grow with the support they need to meet their potential. As an educator, Ms. Miller promotes the rights and dignity of her students in everything she does, creating a nurturing learning environment that fosters student success for all.

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Antonio Furfaro
Special Education Teacher, Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School
Mr. Furfaro is recognized for being a passionate and dedicated educator, mentoring and supporting his students through all challenges big and small. He has been described as his students’ “biggest cheerleader”, and ensures every student has a caring adult in their corner.

TCDSB Alumni Award

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Randell Adjei
St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy, Class of 2009
Randell Adjei shares publicly that he discovered his gift and love for poetry thanks to the support and inspiration from one of his Grade 8 teachers who introduced him to writing as a means for self-expression to deal with challenges he was facing. This inspired his path as a published writer and Ontario’s first Poet Laureate.

In addition to his talent as a writer and poet, Randell remains committed to inspiring youth. In 2012 he formed R.I.S.E. Edutainment (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) to provide youth with inclusive and safe platforms across the GTA to creatively express themselves through the performance arts. RISE programs continue today and have earned Randell notoriety including CBC’s Torontonian of the Year and the Mayor’s Youth Award.

While Randell now performs across the globe and in support of high profile figures like President Barack Obama – he continues to make himself regularly available to both staff and students at TCDSB, working to inspire our students that they will indeed be the best they can be.

TCDSB Award of Merit

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Sister Anne Schenck, CSJ
Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJ)

Catherine Anne Schenck entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1953 and held many roles as an educator throughout her twenty-year career, including Principal at St. Joseph Morrow Park.

Following her career in education, Sister Anne eventually incorporated the Furniture Bank in 1998 to help furnish apartments for newcomers. The Furniture Bank continues today as a Toronto charitable organization to collect and distribute donated furniture and household furnishings to clients – including many of our Toronto Catholic families - referred by registered agencies. Sister Anne remained a volunteer at Furniture Bank until 2018 – for those who can’t do the math, by that point she was 87.

Sister Anne’s legacy continues to help those in need today, a true example of the mission and values of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, inspiring and motivating others, for the good of our community.

TCDSB Friends of Catholic Education Award

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Dr. Janine McCready
Michael Garron Hospital

Dr. McCready, and her team at Michael Garron Hospital, have been invaluable partners to their community, and specifically our schools over the past two years. Dr. McCready has personally reached out to our principals to offer helpful information and support throughout the pandemic, and especially at times when Covid cases were rising in our school communities.

Throughout the pandemic Dr. McCready has arranged school vaccination clinics and local asymptomatic testing for staff and students attending in-person during school closures. She has made herself available to school administration as needed and facilitated regular webinars with school staff to answer questions and ease anxiety.

The following quote from one our principals captures Dr. McCready’s invaluable contributions well: “I really don’t know how I would have managed some of the challenging periods of running a school during the pandemic without [Dr. McCready’s] support... In a time of fear and anxiety and acute stress, she brought clear and accurate information, active and tangible support, and warm-hearted grace.”

Past Recipients

View the full list of past award recipients.​

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