22nd / 2023

Deepening our Faith as Engaged Parents

Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, Kingston Ontario

Travel and Accommodation Bursary Information

OAPCE is providing a limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries to help cover some of the costs while attending the OAPCE Conference in Kingston.

Bursary details:

  • Travel and accommodation bursaries range from $50 to $250
  • Travel and accommodation bursaries applies only for attendees coming from outside the Kingston area.
  • In order to qualify for the bursary, the following must be fulfilled:
  1. You must attend the full-day conference (morning and afternoon sessions) at the school.
  2. You must attend the Gala Dinner at the hotel.
  3. Submit the required receipts.
  • Further Bursary details will be made available at the conference registration table once you check-in.
  • Only the individual who secures the hotel reservation can qualify for the accommodation bursary.
  • Bursaries are available to attendees who belong to OAPCE Member Catholic School Boards and living outside the Kingston area.
  • Bursary cannot be combined with any other bursary.

If you have any questions about the conference, or the bursary program, please contact the conference team at [email protected]

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Hotel Reservation Information



As part of the accommodation bursary, OAPCE has partnered with TWO hotels in the Kingston area to accommodate conference attendees.

  • Quality Inn & Conference Hotel – OAPCE Conference Home Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites

33 Benson Street, Building 1, Kingston, ON, K7K 5W2, CA

To reserve your room, please contact Kyra Noyes, Sales & Catering Manager at 613-546-3661 ext. 393

Email: [email protected]

Hotel Phone Number: 613-546-3661

11 Benson Street, Kingston, ON K7K 5W2 Canada

To reserve your room, please contact Kyra Noyes, Sales & Catering Manager at 613-546-3661 ext. 393

Email: [email protected]

Hotel Phone Number: 613-549-3662

If you have any questions about the conference, or the bursary program, please contact the conference team at [email protected]



The OAPCE Conference brings together a Carousel of Guest Speakers throughout the day in one space.


Make meaningful connections and continue the conversations long after with great opportunities to network and connect with others.


Start engaging conversations, share experiences, and spark new ideas with conference attendees, our Guest Speakers and Vendors.


With expert-led workshops from leaders of all industries, hear inspiring success stories where you will be guaranteed to learn something both new and exciting.




Dr. Lombardi is an award-winning author and documentary film maker who has worked as a parish minister, university campus minister, high school chaplaincy leader, teacher educator through O.E.C.T.A., professor of Religious Education, Brock University, retreat facilitator, faith formation consultant, and program coordinator in the Diocese of Hamilton. Presently, she is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough, Ontario, where she served as Director of Lay Spiritual Formation for eleven years. She has done media work in radio and television and has been an advisor to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in the area of doctrine and Catholic-Muslim relations. Her books On Earth as it is in Heaven and Experts in Humanity have been featured on Salt and Light TV. Experts in Humanity was awarded first place in the category of Family Life by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada in 2017.

She is the Series Theologian for the new Religious Education resource for grades 1 through 8, “Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ” for Catholic School Boards in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.


  • Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts, Gerontology and French (McMaster University)
  • Master of Religious Education (McMaster University)
  • Master of Arts in Theology (University of St. Michael’s College)
  • Ph.D. in Systematic Theology (University of St. Michael’s College)
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Member, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
  • Business Development Academy for Coaches
  • World Executive Business Coaching Summit
  • Recognized ExpertTM Course

“Deepening Our Faith as Engaged Parents”


“Deepening Our Faith as Engaged Parents”

Dr. Josephine Lombardi will walk us through a deepened understanding of what it means to live our faith: to believe, to know, and to trust the Lord. Providing examples along the way, she will draw on the riches of scripture and tradition, including research supporting the benefits of faith, to show how our families will benefit from our faith development.


Miguel was born in El Salvador, then moved to Canada when he was six years old.

In his early years, he worked for MuchMusic, representing the network across Canada. He danced on various half-time sports games, television shows, movies, commercials, and music videos.

Miguel is passionate about instilling soft skills at an early age. He has worked with the First Nations to bring active programs to their schools. He has provided workshops for multiple school boards, visiting over 100 schools on average each year, with the MTCLife programs being taught in over 500 schools in Ontario.

On a corporate level, Miguel’s programs have increased productivity and community participation at Nascent, PLASP, faculty members for multiple school boards, Canadian Mental Health Association, and multiple churches – by working for Fortune 500 companies, Miguel has learned the impor- tance of providing tools and motivation to his participants.


Miguel has found Passion & Purpose through Dance, Laughter, and Music – which now serve as cornerstones to MTClife Inc.

“Co-Parenting with Christ”


“Co-Parenting with Christ”

Parenting may be a difficult endeavor sometimes, especially post-pandemic. This highly interactive workshop aims to address those situations by teaching techniques on how to co-parent with Christ. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn practical tools on how to incorporate faith into parenting. Additionally, they will get guidance and insight on how faith inspires strength, courage and joy in the most difficult moments of parenting. So don’t miss out – come join us for a fun workshop that offers real-world applicable tips on parenting with the Lord by your side!


Theresa is a servant leader called to her vocation as a Catholic educator 31 years ago.

Theresa is currently serving in the role of Co-Director at School Mental Ontario on secondment from her role as Supervisory Officer with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.

Theresa had the privilege to serve on the OCSOA Board of Directors and as OCSOA President, 2017-2018.  Theresa has demonstrated thoughtful leadership and contributed to numerous strategic initiatives in multiple system portfolios at the system and provincial level.  Her collaborative work with varied community partners in her role as Co -Director, SMH-ON for the past 3 years and as a superintendent of education over the last 14 years has been extremely rewarding and influential in supporting every student.

Theresa values collaboration, teamwork, partnerships and believes in the gift of relationship. She is passionate and committed to supporting the work of identity affirming mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention in service of equitable outcomes for every student and is honoured to serve, lead and work together with Ontario school districts to support student mental health.

“Mental Heath Matters – Faith and Wellness”


“Mental Health Matters – Faith and Wellness”

School Mental Health Ontario is a provincial implementation support team who works with Ontario school districts to enhance student mental health through evidence-informed strategies and services. School Mental Health Ontario provides board Mental Health Leadership Teams with: guidance about best practices in school mental health, tailored co-created resources and mental health literacy. This workshop will focus on Ontario made, evidence informed everyday faith and wellness mental health practices and will highlight resources and strategies to support parents/caregivers.


8:30AM – 9:00AM 

Conference Check-In & Registration, Coffee/Refreshments

9:00AM – 9:30AM 


9:30AM – 10:30AM 

Speaker / Presentation 1

10:30AM – 11:30AM 

Speaker / Presentation 2

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Lunch Break, Connect @ Vendor Mall

12:30PM – 1:30PM 

Speaker / Presentation 3

1:30PM – 2:30PM 



Wrap Up


END / return to Hotel

5:00PM – 6:00PM 

Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral


Gala Dinner Check-In @ Quality Inn & Conference Centre Room: Cartier B


Gala Dinner @ Quality Inn & Conference Centre Room: Cartier B

Confirmed Vendors and Exhibitors attending the conference


Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario

Contact: Mark Siolek

Edge Imaging Inc.

School photo company/school photos/grad photos/yearbooks

Contact: Bridget Accaputo

Simple clean with HollyAnn

Eco friendly all Natural Cleaners and body care

Contact: HollyAnn Meeks

Usborne Books at Home Canada

Usborne children”s books— both English and French, all ages, colourful, educational books most subjects, activities, flash cards, games and puzzles

Contact: Anne Coleman

Itty Bitty Puppy Boutique

Everything to do with dogs. Bandanas, embroidered towels, dog beds, homemade dog treats, collars, leashes, poop bag holders, dog placemats etc.

Contact: Nancy Harrison

Self publish author selling two picture books for children ages 3-6

Contact: Christine (Gallivan) Robertson

Lily Mooncat Jewelry, Candles and Gifts

Natural wood wick candles, wood bowl candles, bath & beauty items, jewelry, and gift baskets

Contact: Lesley Jardine


We sell allergy friendly spice blends and innovative cookware to help busy families get a healthy meal on the table in 20 minutes. We also feature fundraisers, ways for families to earn their products free, and a business opportunity to help bring in another stream of income in these tough times.

Contact: Angela Lim

Everything Tupperware By Courtney

Tupperware products, containers, bowls, kitchen tools

Contact: Courtney Scott

Classic Fire +Life Safety

We are a full service fire protection company which provides Preventative maintenance inspections of fire protection equipment. Deficiency repairs and service. Emergency service. Additions and expansions of fire systems fire safety plans. Serving industries are as follows automotive, education, healthcare hospitality, multi residential, retail, place of worship government as so on.

Contact: Bruno Di Petta

Brave Education Inc.

Brave Education inspires resilience through social and emotional skills. Through our class by class approach, scenario-led learning, and participant-centered lens, we pride ourselves on impacting school climate.

Contact: Gemma Zelmanovitz

BGC South East

To provide safe supportive spaces and positive mentoring relationships where young people experience new opportunities and develop confidence and skills for life. Recreation, and education programs, and childcare.

Contact: Rosie Gatenby

Interested in becoming a vendor or exhibitor at our conference?