BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS & DEVELOPING PEOPLE
"To love people is also to celebrate them."
Jean Vanier, Becoming Human
Jesus' reverence for humanity was inherently celebrated in His work to provide a voice for the poor and marginalized. The heart of our discipleship as Christians is to respond to God's call to a life of loving service, both given and received. Catholic principals have a special calling to recognize the preciousness of the people they are entrusted to lead.
There are many events in the daily life of Catholic principals when we are called upon to demonstrate leadership while keeping sacred the dignity of our colleagues. Catholic schools are places where children and adults walk on sacred ground. Just as Jesus invited the first disciples to 'put out into the deep' (Luke 5:1-11), Catholic principals are called to have faith and trust that the graces of God will provide the wisdom and insight necessary to make responsible decisions.
In my role as leader of a Catholic school community, it is important to pray for authentic trust in the Lord to 'put out into the deep'. When managing a staff, one must make an effort to foster professional relationships under God’s eyes. That means supporting and developing staff to grow in their profession as Catholic educators. It involves a deep reflection on God's calling to nurture and respect the dignity of all people in your role as leader. My faith gives me perspective in all my efforts. It provides me with a lens to appreciate the people that surround me. It empowers me to motivate and model the Christ like behaviours that I wish to see in my school. As a Catholic principal, I aspire to foster an accepting and inclusive school. One where students see themselves reflected in their curriculum, their physical surroundings and the broader environment. Where students are treated fairly not equally! Where students are accepted and celebrated for their diversity and individual differences.
Guardian Angels Parish (Brampton) Youth Coordinator 2012 - 2013
Evidence: Overview of the International Knights of Columbus Free Throw
As the Youth Coordinator I coordinated the first Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition for the parish. Responsibilities included connecting with local principals to invite local feeder schools, ordering awards, and coordinating with district.
Innovation Grant - Raising a Village Committee
School Level Teacher Chair 2013 & 2014
Evidence: Faith Day Package
Evidence: Innovation Grant Proposal
The project connects students and staff from grades one to eight once a month, in a community building activity that connects to a learning goal based on a Catholic Graduate Expectation. The project is linked to the Catholic Board Learning Plan as it aims to establish respectful conditions for student well-being, that promote engagement of learning rooted in our faith.
Speak Up Grant - Stand-Up Speak-Up Boys & Girls Day
School Level Teacher Chair 2013 & 2014
Evidence: Anti-Bullying Day Package 2013
Evidence: Anti-Bullying Day Package 2014
The project gave witness to Catholic social teachings by promoting peace, justice and respect for all. The keynote speaker in 2013 was CP24 Breakfast co-host and The Social host Melissa Grelo.
Healthy Schools Committee 2013 - Present
Evidence: Prezi presentation for Peel Region Public Health and DPCDSB
Promoted school wide DPA and promoted healthy eating habits through: Walk to School Month, established P.A.L.S., Orange Smiles, Winter Walk, Big Crunch, Zumba, Indoor Curling, line dancing with seniors, tennis in partnership with local secondary school, intramurals, DPA resources (cards, Easter eggs, flip book and posters) and original DPA videos.
Brampton North West Connects Day of Pink
Committee Member 2013
Evidence: Letter of Appreciation from Mayor
Responsible for developing activities and scheduling for community wellness day.
Family-Level Tournament Convenor 2007 - 2013
Evidence: Agenda/Minutes from a coaches meeting.
I have hosted a number of family-level tournaments. As well, I have facilitated annual coaches meeting to ensure safe practices (GAP) and equitable gym scheduling for practices.
Annual Poetry Competition 2009 - 2013
Evidence: Poetry Package 2012
Developed an annual poetry competition for students in grades 1 to 8 during Catholic Education Week. Responsibilities included preparing parent Invitation, scheduling, ordering participating ribbons, and developing rubric for judging.
DPCDSB Development Day Volunteer 2012
Evidence: Collage of Agenda and Speaker Introduction
Introduced speaker Wade Davis.