The CCSTA would like to officially welcome and introduce our new President Paula Scott and our new Vice President Patrick Daly. They took office in June 2019 at the CCSTA’s Annual General Meeting.
President Scott was a teacher for many years before becoming a trustee in Saskatchewan — the province that created the Toonies for Tuition Trophy Challenge, and was the winner every year up until 2018.
“Being from a province with funded Catholic education, I understand the gift of educating our students in faith,” she says. “Toonies for Tuition gives students that gift in provinces where they wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise. It gives hope to families, which is so important to all of us as Catholics.”
President Scott has always been a staunch defender of Catholic education in Canada and believes that having a national voice is very important.
“I’m pretty passionate about Catholic education,” she says. “And being able to bring everybody together to share our stories and work together really excites me.”
“We all share a focus on Catholic education,” she continues. “And, especially for the provinces that don’t have funded Catholic education, it gives them an opportunity to share their stories and be part of the bigger community. We want them to know that they’re not alone, and that if you need help, please reach out.”
Vice President Daly has been a Catholic school trustee for over 30 years and has served continuously as Chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth CDSB since 1991. He is a recipient of both the CCSTA Higgins Award and the OCSTA Trustee Award of Merit. He has also been instrumental in raising significant funds for Toonies for Tuition at his local school board.
“Through all of that service, I’ve come to really appreciate that Catholic education is a gift to our church and a gift to parents,” he says. “And I thought if there was a way to contribute at the national level, I would like to do that.”
Vice President Daly believes that the CCSTA is a critically important national organization.
“Our role is to protect and promote Catholic education,” he says. “It’s also an important source of professional development and community, bringing trustees from across the country together at our AGM.”
Ms. Scott and Mr. Daly are extremely dedicated advocates for Catholic education. The CCSTA is fortunate to have them.