Joy Through Service was the theme of the St. Clair Catholic system-wide faith development day, which was held on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Ursuline College Chatham Catholic Secondary School in Chatham, and St. Patrick's Catholic High School in Sarnia.
"Our system faith day is always a tremendous event, as we gather the St. Clair family for a day of inspiration and personal discovery," says Dan Parr, Director of Education. "It is also a time for us to give thanks for the gift of Catholic education, as we proclaim our faith through the celebration of the Eucharist."
The guest speaker for the day was Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, who led our staff on a meaningful journey toward new ways to deepen our faith and find great joy in our vocations, as we serve God by serving others.
The day was attended by all staff, including teachers, school support staff, principals and vice principals, central office staff, senior administration and trustees.
A highlight of the event is always the Lighting Our Way awards ceremony. The awards are presented bi-annually at the system-wide faith development day. This year's honourees are Andrea DeBruyn, a classroom teacher at St. Michael Catholic School in Ridgetown; and Dino Petrucci, the Religion Teacher and Department Head at St. Patrick's Catholic High School in Sarnia.
The awards are presented to staff members who exemplify the fundamental and essential qualities of Catholic education, by living our faith; promoting educational achievement and innovation; and fostering stewardship, leadership and social justice.
In the photos above (top) Director of Education Dan Parr (left) and Chair of the Board Carol Bryden (right) present the Lighting Our Way award to Andrea DeBruyn; and below, Mr. Parr and Trustee John Van Heck (right) present the award to Dino Petrucci.