From Toonies to Parliament, CCSTA is working on a number of initiatives, ensuring Catholic education remains a priority for politicians, trustees, educators and families across Canada.
Throughout the summer, CCSTA has finalized details for an exciting Toonies for Tuition campaign. The campaign is set to spread the word about the Toonies for Tuition initiative, which is a fundraising effort to help families in need cover tuition costs in non- or partially funded provinces and will allow individuals, schools and parishes to set fundraising goals.
“We’re really excited to spread the word about what we plan to do with Toonies for Tuition,” explains CCSTA Executive Director John Stunt. “We expect the campaign will ignite dialogue across the country, reaching out to each person involved in Catholic education.”
The new campaign will be officially launched at the CCSTA Conference, Catholic Education: A National Conversation in Ottawa this October. Since the conference’s first successful offering in 2008, CCSTA will host this gathering for the third time, welcoming trustees, educators and clergy from across Canada. Keynote speakers include Sr. Maureen Sullivan, Bishop Claude Champagne, Father James Mallon and Father Gilles Routhier, all of whom will touch on the New Evangelization and its role in the Catholic school system.
“Nearly 300 delegates will gather together for a three-day conversation about Catholic education in Canada and the role we play in celebrating ours successes and overcoming the challenges,” explains Mr. Stunt. “We’re continuing a very important conversation that will encourage reflection, discussion and inspiration as we bring together those passionate about Catholic education and faith.”
CCSTA will also remain focused on networking on Parliament Hill this year. CCSTA will contact senators and MP’s to discuss Catholic education’s role and impact across Canada. We always look forward to speaking with our parliamentary delegates to impress on them the contribution that Catholic education has and continues to make to the social fabric of our nation.
A new look to our website, ongoing news reporting, and a membership services survey are all designed to improve our communication with our members and widen the Catholic education community.
As CCSTA staff and directors continue with a busy schedule, we wish trustees, teachers and students all the best as they begin another school year.
“It takes an entire community to make a Catholic school successful and we value the efforts each person makes to ensure our children receive a Catholic education,” says Mr. Stunt.