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Office of the Direc​tor of Education

TCDSB Mourns the Death​ of Former Director of Education​

June 3, 2020

It is with a great deal of sadness that the Toronto Catholic District School Board acknowledges the loss of former Director of Education Norm Forma. Our condolences go out to his family and friends, and we pray for all who mourn his loss. 

Mr. Forma was dedicated to Catholic education, starting his career as a teacher in 1965 at St. Raymond Catholic School. After serving as vice-principal at St. Matthew and Principal at St. Vincent de Paul, he was appointed as special assistant to the Director of Education in 1975. He went on to hold numerous positions including Superintendent of Education of Planning and of Curriculum, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Special Services and Deputy Director of Education for Program Services before accepting the position of Director in 1996.  

Widely respected for his collaborative, compassionate and student-centered leadership Norm is particularly remembered at the TCDSB for his advocacy on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing students. He continually promoted increased opportunity for students with special needs, a passion which led him to a position as the Executive Director of Silent Voice, a Catholic Charity meeting the unique needs of deaf children and their families​. 

His lasting legacy to the Board was the establishment of the Norm Forma Bursary to support the post-secondary aspirations of students in the deaf and hard of hearing program. 

He will be fondly remembered by all of us as a caring, compassionate and committed lifelong educator, a true leader in Catholic education and a consummate professional who never sought the limelight, but led with quiet conviction, a quick wit and respect for all those he served throughout his life.

"Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him."

Rory McGuckin                                                                        
Director of Education​