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Ontario Association of Parents for Catholic Education (OAPCE) 80th Annual Parent Conference


Contributions to our children’s catholic experience recognized at the OAPCE 80th Anniversary Parent Conference and Gala


Toronto, ON – The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education hosted its 80th Anniversary OAPCE Parent Conference on April 5-6,2019 at Madonna Catholic Secondary school and Montecassino Event Venue. The conference is an annual event where approximately 300 guests gathered to network, attend workshops, strengthen relationships and to celebrate the award honorees.  The theme was "CELEBRATE the PAST, APPRECIATE the PRESENT, ADVOCATE for the FUTURE"
There were many opportunities for parents to engage and connect over the two-day weekend, and to celebrate as a community with His Eminence Cardinal Collins, and Bishop Joseph Dabrowski “Catholic teaching has always upheld that parents are their children’s primary teachers of the faith.  Parental involvement in schools is essential for children to thrive and mature as disciples of Jesus”, reiterated Cardinal Collins.

Greg Rogers, Educational Partnerships Director, Me to We, talked about the importance of the Catholic Graduate Expectations their inception and how they guide our students into becoming strong Catholic leaders. His inspiring words and history of the creating of Me to We from the Kielburger brothers had an impact on all in attendance.
The highlight of the day was having our very own OAPCE President A. Crudo-Perri take a bus full of parents, during the workshops in the afternoon, downtown and address the many thousands of teachers, students and parents at Queens park to protest cuts to education. "This was such as amazing experience and a great win for OAPCE", said A. Crudo-Perri, "we wanted to ensure that the parent voice was present at the Rally and show our support for all our Education partners and teachers that these changes will impact student achievement in a negative way".
OAPCE recognized leaders that are making extraordinary contributions to enrich our catholic community. The accomplishments of the honorees are a testament to the power of inner motivation and how the level of belief and calling to help others is the strongest level of commitment to enrich the catholic community with their God -given talents at home, school and church.
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The 2018-2019 OAPCE Honorees:
  • FACE OF MERCY AWARD: Vincent Pham, Chaminade College School, a student who is a consistent sign of mercy in every aspect of school life.
  • GLORIA NANNE AWARD: Maria Rizzo, has substantially contributed in helping to support the goals and aims of OAPCE and Catholic Education though the use of various forms of media.
  • MONSEIGNEUR HARRIGAN AWARD: Bishop Joseph Dabrowski, has substantially contributed the aims and goals of OAPCE and to the Catholic School System.
  • VOLUNTEER PARENT OF THE YEAR: Angela Kocot, goes above and beyond to support her child's school initiatives and activities.

The 2018- 2019 Honorary Lifetime Award Recipients recognized the individuals’ excellence of supporting OAPCE and their commitment to Catholic Education across the province:
  • Pat Daly
  • Joseph Geiser
  • Karen Magdangal
  • Rory McGuckin
  • Nick Milanetti
  • Loretta Notten
  • Susan Steer

In addition, MP Michael Levitt, MPP Roman Baber, MPP and Education Critic Marit Stiles, and MPP Mitzie Hunter, Councillor James Pasternak, along with many other Chair of Trustees, Trustees, Directors, Superintendents and Staff all committed to enhancing, attended to show their support for parents in Catholic Education.
OAPCE once again reiterates, that Education is an investment in our children’s future, not a deficit reduction exercise that will compromise their opportunity to seek higher post secondary learning and successful careers. “The changes do not reflect the voice of parents in this province or the betterment of education for our children, stated T. Lorini current VP, “we will continue to advocate for parents across the province to ensure that our voice is heard.”

OAPCE Continues to Engage, Advocate and Enhance