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Celebrating Exemplary Practices Award Winner
For the 13th year, Toronto Catholic District School Board acknowledged innovative projects and programs at TCDSB schools with the Exemplary Practice Awards, which took place on April 23rd. Among this year’s award winners was Msgr. Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School for its “Me To We Outreach Group”.
It is our vision to educate a generation of children, who will see it as their responsibility to protect the human rights of all; who know that they can and do make a difference in this world. Our Me to We group consists of over 100 students who are fundraising and are volunteering their time to raise money for others on a daily basis. We do outreach inside and outside of our community on weekends where students are constantly amazed and encouraged by the tenacity, courage and warmth of the people they meet whose lives have been devastated by conflict. People who carry themselves with degrees of dignity and grace that leave them feeling humble and inspired. The students know and feel that they are a part of something bigger than they could ever imagine. We teach them that every person is a gift from God and everything we do, we do it with our hearts. Our group lives by our school motto “Heart Speaks to Heart” daily and demonstrates excellent leadership skills by volunteering their time without hesitation. We have dedicated students who with guidance can help to make a difference in the world. These are our future leaders. They will practice their faith in their actions. We may be the leader of the group, but sometimes the students lead us.

Me To We Outreach Group 2011 2012



Urban Hero 

Congratulations to Marcella Porretta from Msgr. Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School in Etobicoke, who will be recognized as an Urban Hero at a celebration scheduled for June 25th. The award, presented by Toronto Community News, recognizes personal efforts, sacrifices or contributions which have made a significant impact to a cause, a person or a group in our local community.
Ms. Porretta is described as an exemplary leader and an inspiration to the students, tireless in her dedication to fostering community and compassion among youth, and a saint of education and community.
Ms. Porretta formed a Me to We chapter of 130 students who give up weekends to volunteer in the community and who have fundraised over $20,000 for schools in Sierra Leone and Ecuador.
The school was recognized with a TCDSB Exemplary Practice Award for the initiative, and they were also recognized in the Canadian House of Commons by MP Kirsty Duncan.