February 2019

Press Release: For Immediate Release

Announcing New Executive Board Members

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is pleased to announce that an election was held on February 8, 2019, and the Board of Directors has elected Tony Lorini (York), Vice President, Nick Giovanelli (Toronto) Executive Treasurer, and Mariana Kutin Morais (Dufferin Peel), as Executive Secretary. All previously served on OAPCE’s board, and continue to volunteer their time. Each of the Executive bring deep community knowledge, a passion for enhancing publicly funded Catholic education and the desire to envision an ambitious future for OAPCE to meet the growing needs of the Catholic community. OAPCE is very fortunate to have them, as we are certain that their experience, enthusiasm and determination will serve OAPCE well,” noted Annalisa Crudo-Perri, President, who has worked closely with the OAPCE team. We are also pleased to share that Bishop Dabrowski (London) continues to sit on the Board as the Liaison Bishop assigned by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO).

The OAPCE Board of Directors provides leadership for carrying out OAPCE’s mission to promote publicly funded Catholic education, and is committed to ensure the parent voice is strong across the province, with great collaboration from our partners and valuable parent groups.


OAPCE 80th Conference

“Celebrate the Past, Appreciate the Present, Advocate for the Future”
Registration is now OPEN!

Join us as we celebrate 80 years as parents in Catholic Education with OECTA sponsored Reception on Friday April 5 at Montecassino Hotel & venue, then an all day conference on Saturday April 6 at Madonna beginning with a Mass led by His Eminence Cardinal Collins. Our Keynote speaker is Greg Rogers of Me to We on “Catholic Graduate Expectations, the past, present and future”. Full list of workshops are on our website. We then end our celebration at Montecassino with our Awards Dinner. Come and connect with other parents from across the province. The TCDSB is our co-host this year and we thank them for their support.

REGISTER NOW at oapce.org!

  • 2019 Conference and AGM News: Our 80th Annual Conference will be April 5, 6 2019, and will be held at Madonna CSS, with Mass led by His Eminence Cardinal Collins. The theme is Celebrate OAPCE 80, with keynote speaker Greg Rogers from Me to We speaking about Catholic Education Expectations in 2019. Also launching John Kostoff’s book “One Home at a Time, the Story of the Domestic Church”. Friday night Networking and Saturday Gala Awards Dinner will be held at Montecassino Hotel and Event Centre in North York.
  • The next meeting of the Board of Directors is February 8 & 9, 2019 in Toronto.
  • We are very happy to announce that Bruce-Grey and London are full members of OAPCE
  • York OAPCE hosting first meeting of the organization! As we know our OAPCE provincial family is made of many school boards across the province.  The OAPCE executive continues to reach out to boards that have yet to join our OAPCE family which is the only government recognized parent organization that represents the Catholic parent. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW FLYER)


Please Join Us! Fix Our Schools Campaign

Fix Our Schools is a non-partisan, Ontario-wide, parent-led campaign focused on ensuring that all publicly funded schools in our province are safe, healthy, well-maintained buildings that provide environments conducive to learning and working. When we began in 2014, provincial funding for school repairs was only $150-million/year even though industry standards suggest that this amount was only one-tenth of the yearly funding required to keep schools in a state of good repair. Today, provincial funding has increased substantially to $1.4-billion/year thanks to the engagement of parents like you, who have worked with us to put pressure on our provincial government to provide the adequate, stable funding required for schools.

However, even with this substantial increase in provincial funding, the overall disrepair in Ontario’s publicly funded schools has continued to increase and now sits at an estimated $15.9-billion. We must continue to educate and pressure our local MPPs to find funding solutions to eliminate this unacceptable repair backlog in our children’s schools. Please join us at: http://fixourschools.ca/joinus/ to find out more details on how to help. And please engage with us on social media:

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Creating a quality recess environment to support student well-being

If we think back to our own elementary recess time, many of us have positive, enjoyable memories of what we played and who we played with.  Not so for many children today, and the sad part is, this is a global problem, not just a local one.  What can we do to support a recess environment that will encourage social and emotional growth, and allow for an increase in physical literacy, thereby aiding in a positive cognitive classroom experience?  We need to start looking at recess through a different lens.

We are fortunate in Canada to have recess on the daily school schedule in elementary.  The definition of recess is a time where children have a break from the classroom setting and have the freedom to choose which activity they would like to participate in.  This is also the time during which friendships and creativity can spontaneously develop.  If we consider the time scheduled for recess an extension of learning, we can bring a positive, fresh outlook to that time on the playground.

The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) recognized that research and best practices in recess show that recesses with an enriched environment and activities promoted by caring, trained supervisors and peer leaders will maximize student benefits and the overall well-being of the school and community.  The HWCDSB Quality Recess Project Team includes senior board administration, a board consultant and two community partners, and is working to develop the HWCDSB Recess Protocol and Guidelines along with a fillable Recess Action Plan that every school can tailor to fit their unique population and environment.  The Team has progressed from Pilot to Project phase, and is currently gathering information, evidence and an amazing collection of stories from administration and staff who are starting to see changes throughout their whole schools, including the attitude towards recess.

One of the ten points in the Recess Protocol and Guidelines focuses on the L.E.A.D. Recess program, led by one of the community partners on the Recess Team, Playocracy Inc.  The L.E.A.D. Recess program is a research-based, hands-on approach to training student leaders to create a strong school community through play.  This program uses physical activity as a conduit to teach and role model a healthy social and emotional culture within the student body.

This HWCDSB Quality Recess Project is one of the first in Canada to take a serious look at recess, develop and implement changes on a board-wide level and support all students in their social, emotional, physical and cognitive wellness journey.

Lynn Campanella, CEO of Playocracy Inc., has been a play, physical literacy and recess advocate and developer of programs and activity kits for almost 20 years.  Taking a creating view of how people move and connect to each other through play is a passion, not a job.



Catholic Education Week is scheduled to take place the week of May 5-10, 2019 the theme for this time is “Living as Joyful Disciples”



  • Please participate in our survey! As we continue to move our organization forward we want to hear from parents across the province to ensure we truly represent the voice of Catholic Parents. OAPCE is looking for feedback on various topics related to catholic education and what areas we can improve and what should be our priorities.