Upcoming OAPCE Regional Meetings
Monday December 6th, 2021 – 7:00PM
“Rebuilding Our Resiliency as Parents”
"Rebuilding Our Resiliency as Parents"
Webinar Series | November 2021
Bishop Joseph Dabrowski
Most Rev. Joseph Dabrowski, C.S.M.A.
Auxiliary Bishop of London
Bishop Joseph Dabrowski was born in 1964 in Poland, the second of five children. The son of Czesława and Ludwik, he grew up in Wysoka Strzyżowska, a small village in the south of Poland.
After graduating from a high school run by the Michaelite Fathers, he chose to enter the Michaelite religious order.
After completing one year of the Novitiate he made his first profession in 1982. After one year of internship in Poland, he was selected to study in Italy at the Institute of Philosophy and Theology of Saint Peter in Viterbo. He graduated from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome, obtaining his Master of Divinity.
He was ordained to the Priesthood on May 4, 1991 at the Pontifical Sanctuary of Santa Maria ad Rupes, Italy. Four days later, he was assigned to join the Michaelite Fathers community in London, Ontario.
“Fr. Joe”, as he has been affectionately known by his parishioners in the past, has served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Czestochowa in London from 1992-1993; St. Michael in Leamington from 1993-1996; St. Pius X (now Holy Family) in London from 1996-1997; and St. Mary in London from 1997-1998.
In 1998 he was named Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in London, where he served until he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of London on 14 April 2015 at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica in London, Ontario.
In the Michaelite community, Bishop Joseph has served as Vice Superior, Vice Provincial, and Provincial of North American Vice Province.
At the Diocesan level, Bishop Joseph has served on a number of different committees such as the Council of Priests, the Ministry to Priests Team, Spiritual Director for St. Peter’s Seminary, the advisory board for St. Peter’s Cemetery, and the Ethnic Communities Committee.
Bishop Dabrowski, a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), was appointed as Catholic co-chair to the Roman Catholic / Evangelical Dialogue (Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity), and as a member of the Episcopal Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis. As a member of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Bishop Joseph was appointed to serve on the Commission for Priests Committee, and act as Bishop Liaison to the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE).
Bishop Joseph enjoys serving and speaking with the faithful of many cultures, and celebrating the Catholic faith in many languages. He speaks English, Polish, Italian, Spanish, and French, and has previously studied Russian and Latin.
Miguel A. Martinez
Miguel A. Martinez - President, Owner, Founder & Head Coach
Miguel has been working with youth across Canada for over 17 years, and served as a Christian missionary in Puerto Rico for two years. He has worked with a large variety of different groups and is passionate about instilling soft skills at an early age. By working for Fortune 500 companies, Miguel understands the important of providing tools and motivation to his participants.
While growing up, and to this day, Miguel finds comfort in music and dance. He used to dance for MuchMusic and choreographed and danced all across Canada.
As a talented motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and experienced sales person, Miguel has the life experience necessary to provide practical, real world advice. With an electric smile, and infectious enthusiasm, he is able to capture the attention of young people, and keep them engaged from the start of a workshop to the end.
OAPCE’s FIRST EVER Parent Crowdsourcing Idea Board
As we closed out this past school year, OAPCE was eager to gather the thoughts of parents from across the province to fulfill our mandate to be the voice of parents in Catholic Education. We invited parents from across the province to contribute to generating ideas which would be shared with the Ministry of the Education and School Boards across Ontario.
The intent was to crowdsource parent thoughts and ideas on what things should START, what things should STOP, and what things should CONTINUE to be done in publicly funded Catholic Education across the province. OAPCE utilized free software tool (ideaboardsz.com) to facilitate the data collection. As this was OAPCE’s first attempt at such an activity, the organization opted for a free service prior to exploring other fee based tools. To that end, there are some limitations around data analytics but overall the tool was extremely successful in achieving its 2 primary objectives. One, engage parents and two, gather parents thoughts and ideas on three key themes.These boards where open from June 23rd to July 16th, 2021.
Theme 1 - Mental Health
Thinking about children’s mental health. What should the ministry and school boards…START doing, STOP doing, CONTINUE doing?
Theme 2 - Student Achievement
Thinking about academic achievement. What should the ministry and school boards …START doing, STOP doing, CONTINUE doing?
Theme 3 - Virtual Learning
Thinking about technology and virtual learning. What should the ministry and school boards…START doing, STOP doing, CONTINUE doing?
Thank you to everyone who attended the OAPCE VIRTUAL Conference 2021
Self-Select Webinars – Available Now!
His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins
Dr. Josephine Lombardi
Wayne Jones, M. Ed.
“Parenting Positively in a Pandemic”
Webinar Series in November…
In November 2020, OAPCE hosted FREE Webinars for all parents across the province. You can watch the recordings for each webinar here.
Parent Partner Newsletters
Our newsletters are full of information. We help get the word out to parents, partners and stakeholders with news from OAPCE Provincial, and our local regions and share that information to get everyone involved and engaged. If your region has something to share, please email us directly and we’ll be sure to post it here.
As the world continues to endure the effects of the pandemic, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of our school communities from students, to parents, to school staff, for their unwavering dedication to providing and delivering a different learning experience during these challenging times…READ MORE…
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