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TCDSB ​Awards Night 2020


Awards Night is our traditional celebration to launch Catholic Education Week and an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of our alumni, students, staff and friends of Catholic education. 


While we typically celebrate Awards Night together at the Catholic Education Centre, this year will need to look a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions. 


We will still celebrate student and alumni award recipients on the Monday of Catholic Education Week - this year Monday, May 4, 2020. We will be sharing an Awards Video of this year's recipient's, and will also share details of their accomplishments on this webpage. 


Watch the Awards Night 2020 Video here!​

 

For more resources and information about Catholic Education Week visit www.tcdsb.org/catholiceducationweek​

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Given to those students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement either academically, physically, spiritually or socially at the provincial, national or international level.

Denille DSt. Victor Catholic School

Winner in Yes I Can! Award in Self-Advocacy 

Denille even uses her assistive technology during soccer, ukulele club and skating!  

 

Aiden K, St. Timothy Catholic School

1st Place-Junior Category, 2019 Spelling Bee of Canada Championships

 

Vianna V, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts

Winner of French for the Future National Essay Contest, for her essay: Le quartier de Parkdale-pas parfait mais prestigieux (The Parkdale area - not perfect but prestigious)

 

Cassandra C, Mary Ward 

1st Place, 2019 Skills Ontario Graphic Design Challenge

 

St. Oscar Romero Home Building Team: Francisco F, Andrew JPatrick M, Andrew S

1st Place, Skills Canada 2019

 

James Cardinal McGuigan TV and Video Production Team: Jay Matthew J, Francis Daniel L

1st Place, 2019 Skills Ontario 

 

Michael Power/St. Joseph Robotics Team: Michael B, Yuriy H, Vincent N, Andrey V

1st Place, Skills Ontario 2019

 

St. Joseph Morrow Park Video Challenge Team: Ariane N & Lizzacris P

1st Place, Skills Ontario 2019

 

Lizzacris P, St. Joseph Morrow Park

1st Place, Ontario Business Educators’ Association Poster Contest

 

Fatemeh H, St. Joseph Morrow Park

1st Place, Ontario Business Educators’ Association Promotions Contest

 

Father Henry Carr 4x100M Midget Girls Relay Team: Kereece A, Francess U, Evidence A, Kristie A

Gold Medal, 2019 OFSAA Track & Field Championships

 

Father Henry Carr 4x200M Midget Boys Relay Team 

Jaylen J, Ogheneviefe I, Jalen A, Jjelani S

Gold Medal Champions, 2019 International Youth Meet 

 

Father Henry Carr 4x100M Junior Girls Relay Team

Kymora KAdae TAriana Ca, Zayna F

Gold Medal, 2019 OFSAA Track & Field Championships

 

Father Henry Carr 4x100M Sr. Girls Relay Team 

Allison L, Chelsea A, Dominique M, Sydonie M

Gold Medal, 2019 OFSAA Track & Field Championships


Catholic Values Award: Recognizing a student’s school & community contributions and volunteering.


Annmaria R, St. Nicholas Catholic School

  • Active volunteer 
  • Social justice leader 
  • Community fundraiser throughout the school year, including leading Toiletry Drives at Christmas, and raising funds for water pumps in Sierra Leone.  
  • Member of Me to We team – organized a “We Scare Hunger” campaign 
  • Member of Stop the Stigma, working hard to spread mental health awareness​


Ana N, Mi​chael Power/St. Joseph

  • Active volunteer
  • IB student
  • OFSAA medal snowboarder
  • Captain of MPSJ cheerleading team, 2020 World High School Cheerleading Championship Bronze medalists
  • Lead dancer for Free the Children dance group

 

Olivia M, Loretto Abbey

  • Active volunteer
  • Avid fundraiser
  • Student mentor and role model
  • Recipient of the CEFO Ontario Catholic Student Award
  • Member of Loretto Abbey School Music Council
  • A regular Reader for the NCBC’s Daily Televised Mass

 

Mary B, Loretto Abbey 

  • Active volunteer 
  • Leader for the Rosary Apostolate - teaching elementary students to pray the Rosary; 
  • Avid fundraiser and event organizer 
  • Strong advocate for mental health initiatives
  • Member of Loretto Abbey Safe Schools Committee 
  • Regular Reader for the NCBC’s Daily Televised Mass

 

Randesh W, Francis Libermann 

  • Active volunteer
  • Avid fundraiser and event organizer 
  • Vice President of Francis Libermann’s Safe Schools Committee
  • York University’s School of Public Policy and Administration essay competition winner, writing about solutions to youth homelessness.

 

TCDSB ALUMNI ​AWARD​

Recognizing a former TCDSB student who has achieved significant success in their chosen pathway. Through pursuit of personal excellence, they have made a positive contribution to their community and represent the image of the Catholic learner as outlined in the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.

 

The 2020 TCDSB Alumni Award is presented to:  

Lauren Giordano, St. Conrad Catholic School and Madonna CSS

& Mark Giordano, St. Simon Catholic School and Chaminade College; 

Captain of Calgary Flames since 2013 

 

Mark and Lauren contribute whole-heartedly wherever they are, including:

  • Generous donors to many causes and organizations 
  • Spokespeople for Habitat for Humanity since 2011
  • Recipients of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award  
  • Active supporters of the TCDSB Angel Foundation for Learning and the Calgary Board of Education 
  • Launched the “Team Giordano Project” in 2014 with the Calgary Flames Foundation to provide Calgary schools with:
  • Resources and programming, including new gym equipment and computers
  • Support to over 1,900 students to encourage physical fitness, academics, leadership development and community involvement 


ASHIF JAFFER AWARD FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORT​

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

 

Filomena Silva, Educational Assistant at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School

A kind, compassionate educator who is:

  • Dedicated to improving her students’ success
  • "Always willing to go that extra mile for students, staff, and parents”
  • "One of those people who transforms lives”
  • “The heart and soul of our community”

 

SISTER MARY​ HAMILTON AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS​

Awarded annually to exceptional students in recognition of significant personal achievements or exceptional contributions to the lives of others.

 

Julien D, St. Basil-the-Great College

A kind, caring, and extremely helpful student, Julian is also:

  • An active volunteer
  • Classroom assistant
  • Co-op student at St. Martha Catholic School

 

Shadelle T, Father J​ohn Redmond CSS & RAC

A hard-working, positive and welcoming student, Shadelle also: 

  • Supports peers in their academic and emotional needs 
  • Creates an inclusive environment at her school
  • Recently won a Student of the Month Award, impersonating the virtue of Hospitality
  • Manages two work placements and one in-school work placement 

 

FATHER AND​REW CUSHIERI AWARD​

Awarded every 2 years to a TCDSB student between the age of 7 and 13, who has accomplished a humanitarian act towards another person. 

Jacob V, Pope Francis Catholic School

A compassionate, patient and selfless student, Jacob is also:

  • An active school volunteer 
  • A student leader, involved in planning the school’s Climate Action Summit 
  • A dedicated and supportive family member 
  • A respected role model by his peers

 

SISTER EVANNE HUNTER AWARD ​​FOR YOUNG WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP​

Established in honour of International Women’s Day, this award is given annually to exceptional female students in Grade 8 or Grade 12 in recognition of leadership qualities.

 

Faith C, St. Barbara Catholic School

  • Kind and dedicated problem solver 
  • Creates a positive and welcoming school environment for everyone
  • A student leader:
      • Member of the Stop the Stigma and Ambassadors team
      • Grade 8 student government representative 
      • Safe Schools advocate 
      • ​​Promotes mental wellness in her school, including creating a "Be the I in Kind" display

 

Isabella D, Msgr. Percy Johnson CSS

  • Helpful and supportive of all her peers
  • Active volunteer and member of school and parish community 
  • Member of school chaplaincy team and Me to We group
  • Actively participates in a number of Catholic youth movements

 

Serena H, Senator O'Connor College

  • A modest, humble, thoughtful student who is always considerate of others
  • Active volunteer and peer tutor 
  • A student leader:
      • Member of Safe Schools
      • Grade 9 Religion Retreat Leader
      • Student Council Member, and President 2019-2020
      • AP School Newsletter Editor 
  • A community leader:
      • Senator O’Connor Book Exchange to support and encourage peers during exams.
      • “Knit for Newborns" coordinating a group of community knitters to send over 90 baby blankets to the Aga Khan Hospital in Tanzania.


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