September 2017 Press Release

Sept 18, 2017

OAPCE Awards to watch “Top 5” volunteer leaders committed to Catholic Education across Ontario

Mississauga, ON— The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) proudly announces it’s “Top 5” volunteer awards for 2016-2017.  “There are so many positive leaders in our Catholic community, across the province, and we want to do our part and recognize the ‘Top 5’ for their ability to inspire, shine and enlighten the community and academic experiences for all”, said Maurizio Ruberto President, OAPCE.

This is the 78th year of OAPCE, created in 1939, the OAPCE Directors and Executive want to continue this tradition and recognize leaders who are helping shape the provincial conversation about publicly funded catholic education for the years to come.  “As we hoped when this recognition was established, many previous honourees are indeed continuing in their leadership positions to contribute to the community” said Annalisa Crudo-Perri, Vice President, OAPCE.

This years honourees will be recognized during the 2017 OAPCE Annual Conference, October 13th and 14th, 2017 Details and Registration information available on oapce.org

The OAPCE Conference is open to all members of the community and registration fees should be covered/reimbursed by school parent councils or regional Parent Involvement Committee (PIC’s) as the Conference is the largest Parent Engagement Conference for Catholic Education in the Province. 

The 2016-2017 AWARDs “Top 5” are listed below in alphabetical order: For a full breakdown of the requirements for the award please check our website www.oapce.org

FACE OF MERCY AWARD: Recognizes a student in our schools who is a consistent sign of mercy in every aspect of school life.

FATHER MAZEROLLE AWARD: Presented to a religious or layperson that has substantially contributed to the Catholic School System in the community.

GLORYA NANNE AWARD: Presented to an individual who has substantially contributed in fostering a better understanding of Catholic Education in Ontario though the use of various forms of media.

MONSEIGNEUR HARRIGAN AWARD: Presented to a Priest, Bishop, Deacon, or School Chaplain who has substantially contributed to the Catholic School System in the community.

VOLUNTEER PARENT OF THE YEAR: Presented to a parent that goes above and beyond to support their child's school initiatives and activities.

About OAPCE

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 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.

For media requests, please contact marianakuitinmorais@gmail.com  

The Wheels on the Bus

The first day of school is often met with anticipation, expectation and a degree of trepidation from students and their families. Advance planning is key to getting students to school before that first bell. This process can be particularly challenging for children with special needs. One major part of this process includes the ride on the bus to school. More than 800,000 students are bused to and from school each year.

Advanced planning also goes into the process of that bus pick up, by the School Boards, Ministry of Education and the Transportation Consortia.

Under the Education Act, School Boards are self-governing bodies entitled to establish their own transportation eligibility criteria and policies. There is no legislated requirement that Boards provide busing for students. However, the Act excuses children from attending school, if transportation is not provided by a Board, and there is no school within a prescribed distance from the residence. In Ontario, most School Boards arrange transportation for eligible students, usually by school bus.

The Ministry of Education plays an important financial role in student transportation. It provides the bulk of operating funding to school Boards, through the Grants for Student Needs Program, also known as the funding formula. For the 2016-2017 school year, the total transportation grant amounted to $898.6 million.

School Boards establish policies and eligibility criteria related to student transportation. To deliver these services efficiently, those in the same geographic area typically join together to establish a body to assist with arranging transportation, referred to as a Consortium. They are represented on the Boards that govern these consortia, and must provide them with information about their schools and students to assist in administering the transportation program. School Boards are not required by law to establish consortia, but since 2000, the Ministry of Education has provided financial incentives to those that chose to do so.

School busing delays and mishaps occur each year. If you have had trouble with the busing system, and have been unable to resolve this problem, contact your School Board, Bus Company, Consortium, and as a last resort – the Ombudsman. If you are having trouble, chances are other families are as well. Together we can work to make the system better. If you know of an outstanding employee, and the system is working well for you, let them know that as well – they will appreciate it! Parents can help keep the “wheels on the bus” keep going “round and round” by participating in this process.

Information taken from the Ombudsman Report – Paul Dube, Ombudsman of Ontario, August 2017

bus.png

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 athttp://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/reaching.html for more information.
 
Applications are to be completed and submitted online at http://education.factorial.ca.

Questions?

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

 

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 oapce.org

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 oapce.org for more details.

About OAPCE

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. 

Background:

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.

Description:

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.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YBPnDmf5Xo&feature=youtu.be