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Toronto Catholic District School Board

​Order of St. Jean de Brebeuf 2016


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On Sunday, December 23, the Brebeuf community formally inducted four men into the school's Order of St. Jean de Brebeuf. They were world-renowned author Joseph Boyden '85; Robert Meagher (posthumously), the school's founder and first principal; Michael Rogers '81, a teacher and guidance counsellor; and Dennis Tobin '79, a lawyer active in the community. Over one hundred people came to celebrate Mass and honour these individuals at a special luncheon.

The Order of St. Jean de Brebeuf, named for our Patron, is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member of the Brebeuf Community. Recipients are inducted in recognition of achievement that exemplifies the values and ideals for which Brebeuf College School stands, namely: Faith, Discipline, Integrity, Hard work, Humility, Excellence, Success, Pursuit of the Greater Good, Friendship, Community, and for always being Men and Women for Others. The Order is open to all members of the Brebeuf community, both individuals and groups, past and present, including: Staff, Students, Alumni, Parents, Supporters, Jesuits, Presentation Brothers, and Benefactors. 

Joseph Boyden ‘85

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Joseph is an internationally renowned author, teacher, humanitarian and social activist. A staunch advocate for First Nations people, Joseph is a driving force behind Camp Onakawana , helping at-risk indigenous and non-indigenous children. He is also a voice for mental health, sharing his own experience with depression in the hope of helping others. Joseph is a Member of the Order of Canada, recipient of the 2008 Giller Prize, CBA Libris Author of the Year, McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award among numerous other accolades. He writes stories with social messages and gives tirelessly to the various communities and peoples with which he is connected. He is a true “Man for Others”. 

Robert Meagher

Robert Meagher was the founder and first principal of Brebeuf College School. It was his vision and tenacity that saw Brebeuf rise from idea to reality. He served as principal 1963-1972, laying the foundation of a school community dedicated to discipline, effort, academic excellence and Catholic values. Robert Meagher hand-picked the school’s original 15 staff members, designed the school crest and authored the school’s motto (“Studio Gradum Faciant”). Most importantly, he personally oversaw the development of many of the Brebeuf traditions which continue to this day. Quite simply, without Bob Meagher, there would not be a Brebeuf College School. After leaving Brebeuf, Bob continued his passion for teaching and for developing young men at St. Andrew’s College and continuously encouraged his students to become “Men for Others”. 

Michael Rogers ‘81

An alumnus (class of ’81) and a long serving and highly respected member of the Brebeuf staff, Michael has dedicated his career to developing his students and providing strong guidance and leadership to all. As a teacher, coach, and key member of the Guidance Team, Michael has always placed the needs and goals of his students above all else. He is regarded by both students and fellow staff as a first class counsellor who has a special place in his heart for “at-risk” youth, for many of whom he has played a pivotal role in their development and futures. Michael is also a strong supporter of Brebeuf’s annual leadership and services trips to developing countries and the annual Can-Aid drive. Michael’s kindness, compassion and intelligence exemplify the best of the Brebeuf community. He embodies the true spirit of Brebeuf. He is without doubt “A Man for Others”. 

Dennis Tobin ‘79

Dennis is a well-regarded lawyer, a dedicated family man, a strong community leader and to some a ‘life saver’. His many contributions to the community include his work in the legal community, the Brebeuf community and his constant support for those in need. He was a founding member of the Brebeuf Alumni Association and remains an active member today as do his two sons, also Brebeuf graduates. Dennis consistently supports the development of young lawyers through a cooperative program he developed. As a coach and a teammate, he is always there to assist. During a fundraising hockey game one of Dennis’ teammates collapsed. Dennis fought vigorously to save his teammate until medical staff arrived. Less than one week later, due in large part to Dennis’s effort and commitment, his teammate returned home to his wife and family. Dennis would accept no recognition for his life saving efforts, once again demonstrating that he is a “Man for Others”.



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