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Welcome to the Father John Redmond CSS Parent Council Page 

Parent Council provides a forum through which parents and the community can have a voice in the education of their children. The FJR CSPC supports the school through: volunteering, advocacy and fundraising.

Below you’ll find general information about Parent Council meetings, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. To stay up to date on your children’s schooling - be sure you’re connected to School Messenger. Not connected or having issues? Reach out to the office at

Download My School Day app for school-specific timetables, news and events for students and parents.

And for friendly reminders - follow us on Instagram @FJRparentcouncil

Parent Council can be reached via our official email:

CSPC Mission Statement and By-Laws

Parent Council and Meetings

FJR CSPC holds 4-6 meetings per school year. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Meetings take place at 7:00pm on Tuesdays. Meeting details and instructions to join are sent out via School Messenger typically two weeks prior to the meeting.

Schedule and Minutes 2021/2022: 

October 5, 2021 – Annual General Meeting and Council Elections​

November 23, 2021

January 18, 2022

March 29, 2022

May 17, 2022

Executive Parent Council for 2021/2022:

Chair Maria Afonso Slack

Treasurer  Michael Kinsey

Secretary  Sperry Bilyea

Event Coordinators Lucy Viana and Olga Pototska

Used Uniform Sales Coordinators  Alessandra Levi and Marta Organisciak

Communications  Alicia Markson and Gabi Gomes

Pollinator Garden Coordinator  Olga Pototska 

OAPCE Rep Jennifer Pyz

Annual School Events/Volunteer Opportunities 

Kaleidoscope - January-May

A “Kaleidoscope” of art, featuring visual art as well as dance, drama and music performances (vocal, band and strings). The event is held on an evening in the spring throughout the school. Volunteers are needed from the planning stage which starts in January through to the event date. Funds raised support the Regional Arts Program at Father John Redmond​. Silent auction donations such as gift cards, event tickets, gift baskets, services, wine for gift basket raffle, and baked goods for the bake sale are needed and appreciated. If you are a local business owner that can donate or a parent who would like to volunteer, we’d love to hear from you.

Used Uniform Program - June-August 

The used uniform sale is the school’s biggest fundraiser. It’s an opportunity for students to donate their used uniforms back to Father John Redmond to support various school programs. Uniforms can be dropped off in the attendance office. Sales are typically held in July during the grade nine transition program, late August on grade nine orientation day and on curriculum night in September. Volunteers are needed from the sorting stage which starts at the end of June through to the sale dates. If you would like to help organize this event and/or assist with collection and sorting of the clothes, please contact us. 


Pollinator Garden - April-May and September-October

In 2019, Father John Redmond received funding from the City of Toronto to create a pollinator garden. The garden is intended to engage students in outdoor learning, and to foster their development as stewards of the land. Students, teachers, and parents collaborated with the school board and local environmental teams to redesign the grounds northwest of the school. Planting of native trees and shrubs started in the fall of 2020. The garden serves as a source of enjoyment for the community as well as a necessary habitat for pollinators. Volunteers are needed at least twice a year to maintain the garden. 

For more information about volunteer opportunities for parents and/or students, email us at:

Requests for volunteers are sent out via School Messenger when required.