“While the world may change, God’s love, fidelity and mercy remains constant. Being rooted in the truths of our Catholic faith is more important than ever. Just as a plant with deep roots can withstand harsh growing conditions, a faith deeply rooted in Jesus will be able to withstand challenges and hardships.”Diane Boyko
Chair of the 2023 AGM & Convention Organizing Committee
A huge thank you to all who joined us for our 2023 AGM in beautiful Saskatoon. It was a tremendous gift to gather after several years of being apart. We were pleased to see members from across Canada attending!
The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools host committee outdid themselves in organizing an incredibly enjoyable and engaging itinerary for delegates.
The week began with our CCSTA directors attending Board Meetings (see Board Highlights here) followed by a beautiful tree planting ceremony at Bishop Filevich Ukrainian Bilingual School.
Throughout the AGM, we had a full line up of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters who offered a diverse range of topics from Truth and Reconciliation to engaging our students in Catholic Social Justice. These passionate individuals brought insight, truth and perspective to important topics and left us with renewed hope and fervor to serve our mission of Catholic Education.
Some participant takeaways:
“Points from Dr. Gertrude keynote. How Indigenous teachings and faith can work together.”
“We can weather the storm together with Christ. Show your heart before you ask for a hand.”
“Holy Spirit is present in our teachings of the Catholic faith as a leader in our schools, communities and parishes.”
“Listening to Cadmus Delorme speak was an honour and I hope that we hear more from this gentleman in the future. He is the kind of leader that we need in so many different roles in this country at this time in our history. It was wonderful to have the in-person experience with so many like minded people.”
“The long walk we need to make with our Indigenous community. To speak the truth, lead with the heart. Be ok with the uncomfortable.”
“Love tenderly – God is in tenacious solidarity with us in the depths of our humanity.”
After a very full two days, we finished off Saturday afternoon with Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral with Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Saskatoon, followed by our annual Gala Dinner. We were pleased to present the 2023 Higgins Award to Albert Provost – a very worthy recipient!
All in all, the most significant takeaway from our 2023 AGM is the encouragement we feel after having connected with trustees and board members from across Canada who are engaged in promoting and protecting Catholic schools in their Provinces and school boards. Together, we broke open some of the major issues faced by schools and young people these days in Canada, shared our stories, concerns and reasons for hope – and we left with an impression that we are truly united in this most important mission of Catholic Education.