Our Guiding Principles
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A message from the Co-Executive Directors
As the voice of parents and guardians of children enrolled in the publicly funded English Catholic System of Education in Ontario, OAPCE is here to support and advocate for you. We believe that parents play a crucial role in the education of their children, and we encourage you to get involved and be a part of your child’s educational journey.
As we begin a new school year, let us hold onto hope and prioritize the health and well-being of our children. Together, with faith as our guide, we can navigate any challenges that come our way and ensure a bright future for our children.
Catholic Education is going through a challenging time, facing many different issues and concerns that our children are immersed in every day. We stand in support of parents being their child’s first educator and want to work together with mutually beneficial partnerships with all individuals, educators and administration at every level to ensure that all children achieve academic success, through the Catholic lens.
In 2024, OAPCE will be celebrating our 85th Anniversary. We invite you to join us in our mission to Engage, Advocate, and Enhance the Catholic education system. Whether it’s becoming an OAPCE representative, attending our annual conference, or simply staying informed and involved in your child’s education – Your contribution matters and makes a difference!
Annalisa Crudo-Perri and Joe Perri
OAPCE Board of Directors
OAPCE Board Director, Dufferin Peel, D. Carlesimo: https://oapce.org/dufferin-peel/
OAPCE Board Director, Halton, D. Garell-Teti: https://oapce.org/halton/
OAPCE Board Director, Hamilton, E. Wylie: https://oapce.org/hamilton/
OAPCE Board Director, Nipissing/Parry Sound, D. Pawlowski: https://oapce.org/nipissing-parry-sound/
OAPCE Board Director, Simcoe Muskoka, A. Madonna: https://oapce.org/muskoka/
OAPCE Board Directors, Toronto, J. DelGrande, L. Gonclaves, L. Polidoro: https://oapce.org/toronto/
OAPCE Board Directors, York, M. Brancatella: https://oapce.org/york/
Why be a member of OAPCE?
How do we represent the voice of parents?
The OAPCE Representatives:
OAPCE LIAISON REPRESENTATIVE
The OAPCE Liaison Representative is mandated role by the Ministry of Education. The Ontario Education Act, Regulation 612/00 states, “3. (1) A school council for a school shall be composed of the following people … 8. One person appointed by an association that is a member of the Ontario Federation of Home School Associations, the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education or Parent Partenaires en Education, if the association that is a member of the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education or Parent Pertenaires en Education is established in respect of the school”. Parent Voting member on Parent Council. Be a point of contact for information sharing between OAPCE and Parent Council.
OAPCE communicates with parents across the province through our email distribution list, newsletters, website facebook and twitter. The OAPCE Board of Directors is the governing body of a province-wide network of parents and guardians whose children are enrolled in publicly funded Catholic Education. OAPCE is a member of the Institute of Catholic Education (ICE) and works with all Catholic Education partners such as OCSTA, CPCO, OECTA to name a few. OAPCE is invited to working tables and committees of the Ministry of Education and other Education partners to provide the parent perspective. From these meetings and events we receive information about the issues in the Catholic Education system of Ontario. This information is shared with our OAPCE Liaison Representatives which they, in turn, share with their School Parent Councils.
In addition, we provide OAPCE Reps with information about:
- The operations and activities of OAPCE.
- Upcoming education events taking place across the province.
- Provide parents with opportunities to provide feedback on Ministry initiatives or other Educational issues.
1) Volunteer be the OAPCE Liason Rep on our School Parent Council
2) Have your Principal notify your School Board that you are their Representative for your school.
3) Your School Board usually notifies OAPCE, but you can also or fill out our contact form on our website at oapce.org.
4) You will receive information, newsletters and request for feedback directly to your email.
5) Pass this information to your School Council.
OAPCE 5 Tips for Reps
OAPCE Liaison Representative Role
• Be a point of contact for information sharing between OAPCE and the School Parent Council.
What should I do now that I am an OAPCE Liaison Representative?
OAPCE School Board Members
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Our Education Partners and Stakeholders in Catholic Education
• Ontario Ministry of Education: As we are recognized by the Ministry of Education through the Ed. Act Schools Councils 612, we work collaboratively with them to provide consultations, and feedback and act as the voice for parents in Catholic Education.