More time to apply for a 2017-18 Parents Reaching Out Grant!

The deadline to submit applications has been extended from May 25, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

PRO Grants support parents in identifying barriers to parent engagement in their own community and to find local solutions to involve more parents in support of student achievement and well-being.

PRO Grants are available to school councils for a maximum of $1,000
To support equitable access to postsecondary education, special consideration will now also be given to projects that promote the value of postsecondary education (apprenticeship, college, or university) by providing parents with information on postsecondary education pathways, possibilities, and supports for their children.

Please visit the Ministry of Education’s website at for more information.
Applications are to be completed and submitted online at


If you have any questions about PRO Grants, please contact the Parent and Community Engagement Office, Ministry of Education by email at
For technical assistance with the online application, please contact SmartSimple support at 1-866-239-0991 or (416) 591-1668 or at


OAPCE Press Release

OAPCE – Mission is to strengthen our collective voice through dialogue and effective, respectful partnerships—at home, school and church.  

Having a strong, independent, and representative voice is at the heart of the OAPCE initiatives.

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is pleased to announce the new executive is developing a communication strategy as part of our commitment to ensure the parent voice is strong across the province, with great collaboration from our partners and valuable parent groups. We know the parental concerns, and want to ensure they are at the forefront of our advocacy efforts. We are developing our policy files and want to hear from you. We encourage parents to contact your Regional Council or Director, all information can be found at

In 1939, the OAPCE Directors and Executive recognized the importance of engaging the Catholic community to preserve and enhance the highest quality of publicly funded English Catholic education in Ontario, enabling our children to become contributing members of the Church, School, Home and Society in accordance with God’s will.

"My role is to drive change and to focus on two-way communication”, noted Maurizio Ruberto, President, OAPCE. “As a provincial Association, we need to demonstrate leadership and support initiatives important to parents, and I feel this team will help parents overcome obstacles. The support has been so positive, with a strengthening of our partnerships and increase of parent input”.

Collaboration is considered very important and the lifeblood of OAPCE. “We take our role very seriously here and I am a huge proponent of parents helping parents”, noted Annalisa Crudo-Perri, Vice President, OAPCE. Crudo-Perri also wanted to remind parents that the 78th Annual OAPCE Conference, AGM and Awards Gala will be held on October 27th and 28th, 2017 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School, in York Region, please visit for more details.


As Ontario’s parent voice Association, the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is the authoritative voice of Ontario parents and guardians in Catholic education. We are the provincial voice that is authorized through the Education Act and Regulation 612, to represent families with children enrolled in the English Catholic education system. OAPCE is a vital connection between the Ministry of Education, Catholic District School Boards in Ontario, the Institute of Catholic Education, Ontario Catholic Trustees, Parish, Regional Parent’s Associations, School Councils and other valuable parent groups, and a prominent advocate for Catholic education excellence and student success. OAPCE elevates the profile of a publicly funded Catholic system of education by providing opportunities for ongoing information sharing, resources, learning, networking and community building.

Canada's Diversity Advantage Project Presented by Dr. Ash

United Nations Canada:  Canada’s Diversity Advantage Project Presentation by Dr. Ashleigh Molloy

The culmination event for this UN project is scheduled for Friday, March 24th at the North York Centre in Toronto. 


This project is to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada as a nation. It involves speaking to teenaged students in schools throughout the city since October about Diversity in all its forms. It was a student centred approach that demonstrated the pillars of Leadership and Advocacy as catalysts for positive change in the community through empowerment of our youth.


Research and Community Mapping – Healthy Active Living: Diversity and Disability

This interactive presentation was led by Dr. Ashleigh Molloy. Dr. Molloy introduced the terms, diversity, inclusion and equity throughout his school visits. He taught students how to be healthy and active citizens advocating for inclusion. They were provided with strategies to be welcoming to ALL while building respect for those who are different through dialogue and an action plan.

Wellington CDSB Tribute to the Sisters of Loretto

This video was shown at the November 25th, 2016 Spiritual Development Day for the Wellington Catholic District School Board. It helped set the stage for the day, reminding as of this wonderful gift and tradition of Catholic Education and our call to the mission of SEEING GOD IN ALL, LOVING GOD IN ALL, and SERVING GOD IN ALL.