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Toronto Catholic District School Board

​TCDSB Celebrates International Women's Day 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Catholic Education Centre

80 Sheppard Ave. E. 

Check back for details as we get closer to the event. 

The Sister Evanne Hunter Young Women in Leadership Award will be presented at this event. Read more about the award below.

Sister Evanne Hunter 

Young Women in Leadership Award


In honour of International Women’s Day, the Sister Evanne Hunter Young Women in Leadership Awar will be presented annually at TCDSB's International Women's Day Celebration to two exceptional female students of the Toronto Catholic District School Board in their graduating year (one grade 8 student and one grade 12 student) in recognition of their leadership qualities and involvement in social justice efforts in their school and community. 

About Sister Evanne Hunter

“Women should and can provide something more than ordinary” - Mary Ward


Sister Evanne Hunter is a Loretto Sister with the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). She has worked at Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School, as a Teacher (1966-1969), Vice Principal (1972-1973) and as a Principal (1973-1985), in the Metropolitan Separate School Board (MSSB, later TCDSB).


Sr. Evanne was the Provincial Leader of the IBVM in Canada from 2006 until 2012 (with an office at Loretto Abbey in the TCDSB) and prior to that spent 3 years in New York establishing the IBVM presence as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with Associative Status with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. 


Since 1988 she has been working with SalvAide, an Ottawa based NGO, as coordinator of the Loretto/La Bermuda Project, a twinned relationship with a rural repopulation in El Salvador.


Sr. Evanne was awarded the TCDSB Award of Merit in 2012 for outstanding contributions to the TCDSB and Catholic education. Sr. Evanne remains a strong supporter of the TCDSB and an advocate for publicly funded Catholic Education. 

She was instrumental in ensuring that Loretto Abbey remain part of the MSSB when full funding was introduced for Catholic schools and part of the TCDSB when the IBVM sold the property. She established the Loretto Fund, supported by donations from schools, through the Angel Foundation for Learning, to support newcomers to Canada. Sr. Evanne remains involved in many aspects of education for justice, promoting learning experiences for students with the Sisters of Loretto in India, at the UN in New York and at the Mary Ward Centre in Toronto.

Sr. Evanne’s leadership, embodies the core values of the IBVM, the vision of the TCDSB and Pope Francis’ call to action in pursuit of social justice. Sr. Evanne is a modest, humble, fair, thoughtful, articulate, and respected role model for all women leaders.​