April 2019 Newsletter

These first four months as trustee have gone by so fast.  There are so many great things going on in Halton Catholic that it is a full-time job keeping up.  To begin, I had the honour of judging one of the regional speech contests at St. Timothy’s Elementary.  The caliber of speeches done with so much passion clearly demonstrates that we are forming tomorrow’s leaders.

The two S.T.E.A.M demonstrations I attended at Notre Dame and St. Anne’s were just a delight.  The buy-in from students at all levels and abilities clearly shows how our schools are allowing our students to embrace technology and form the future as opposed to being afraid of it.

I attended a parent council meeting at St. Anne’s this past winter.  To see parents engaged with such passion and dedication to their school was refreshing.  Though, I went there to teach them a few things about the board, I really feel they taught me a few things.  I look forward to answering the invite to St. Mark’s parent council in May.

I have the privilege of also working with the staff of St. John the Baptist to help produce their annual talent show, held in the church hall.  Seeing these children working so hard on developing their God-given talents resonates so well with our belief in connecting parish with school.   I hope some of you get a chance to come out on May 4 at St. John the Baptist Church to see these students perform.

At the board table, myself, along with Trustee Karabela, have written the first draft for a policy on Optional French programming.  I feel passionate about working toward making French Immersion accessible to everyone.  I believe this policy is a start; and look forward to your stakeholder input when the policy is put before you, the ratepayer.

The work of the children Holy week has been simply inspirational.  The students from St. John the Baptist took over the entire liturgy at the church on Tues. night.  At Holy Rosary the older students were feeding the younger through the salad bar, Food for Thought Program.   The stations of the cross at St. Patrick’s and St. Timothy were done with such passion, they left one tearful.  Our schools are certainly putting Faith into Action.

On the provincial scene, I have been most privileged to have my name put forward by the board to run for OCSTA Director, Region 11.  OCSTA is the organization of all Catholic trustees in the province that work with the ministry directly to bring about effective changes for education in the province.  I will be running against 3 other long-standing veterans.  However, I feel, Halton needs a voice provincially.  I will keep you posted on the voting which takes place Apr. 26 at our AGM.

On behalf of myself and the board, I would like to wish you all a Happy and Blessed Easter as you take time with friends and family to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection.

Tim O’Brien
Halton Catholic Trustee, Burlington

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