Advocacy 101

Advocacy 101: The Power of Speaking Up for our Children and Catholic Education


Advocacy plays a crucial role in ensuring that our children receive the best education possible and that our Catholic values are preserved. The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) understands the importance of parents’ voices in advocating for their children’s education. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of advocacy and how it relates to parents, neighbors, the Catholic community, and the OAPCE.

1. Parents Advocating for Their Children:

Parents are their children’s first advocates. They have a unique insight into their child’s needs, strengths, and challenges. Advocating for your child means actively seeking out resources, support, and opportunities to ensure their success. It can involve communicating with teachers, attending parent-teacher meetings, and participating in school council meetings. By advocating for our children, we empower them to reach their full potential.

2. Neighbors and the Catholic Community:

Advocacy extends beyond the individual child and involves advocating for the collective well-being of our Catholic community. As Catholics, we have a shared responsibility to promote and preserve our faith-based education system. This includes engaging with our neighbors, friends, and parish community to spread awareness about the value of Catholic education and the benefits it brings to society. We can organize community events, share success stories, and involve our community members in supporting our schools. By working together, we can strengthen our Catholic identity and ensure the continuity of Catholic education for future generations.

3. OAPCE’s Advocacy Efforts:

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education  serves as the voice of parents in the publicly funded English Catholic System of Education in Ontario. As the only Catholic parent association recognized by the Ministry of Education, OAPCE is mandated to advocate for the continuation and preservation of publicly funded Catholic education. OAPCE actively participates in initiatives and working tables with the Ministry of Education, providing a parent perspective and influencing policies that affect our children’s education. By being involved in decision-making processes, OAPCE ensures that parents’ concerns and interests are represented at all levels.

4. The Power of Collaboration:

Collaboration between parents, schools, and the OAPCE is key to effective advocacy. By working together, we can pool our resources, knowledge, and experiences to create a stronger impact. OAPCE partners with other Catholic education stakeholders, including Bishops, Principals, Trustees, and Teachers, as well as the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) to collectively advocate for Catholic education. Through collaborative efforts, we can draw attention to the unique benefits of Catholic education, address challenges, and drive positive change.

Here are some examples of how a parent can advocate Here are some examples of how parents can advocate for their children’s education on a daily basis:

• Communication: Regularly communicate with your child’s teachers to stay informed about their progress, challenges, and opportunities. Share any concerns or ideas you may have to ensure your child’s needs are met.

• Parent-Teacher Meetings: Attend parent-teacher meetings and actively participate in discussions about your child’s academic and personal development. Use these occasions to ask questions, provide feedback, and collaborate with teachers on ways to support your child’s success.

• Join the School Parent Council and become an OAPCE Rep: Become an active member  which gives you an opportunity to voice your opinions, contribute ideas, and support school-wide initiatives. School councils provide a platform for parents to have a direct impact on their child’s school environment.

• Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to assist in school activities, events, or fundraisers. Volunteering not only supports school initiatives but also provides you with valuable insight into the school community and an opportunity to connect with other parents.

• Stay Informed: Stay updated on education policies, curriculum changes, and relevant topics affecting your child’s education. By staying informed, you can engage in informed conversations and effectively advocate for your child’s needs. Ensure that you subscribe to our distribution list. Join the OAPCE subscription list to receive much of this info!

• Engage with Other Parents: Connect with other parents within your school and local community. By forming alliances, you can collectively address concerns, share ideas, and advocate for positive change together. Attend your school board meetings to see where key decisions are made and implemented. 

• Use Social Media and Online Platforms: Utilize social media platforms or online forums to share OAPCE information, promote initiatives, and engage with other parents and education stakeholders. Advocacy can extend beyond your immediate community and reach a wider audience.

• Attend OAPCE meetings and Conferences: Attend workshops and seminars related to education, parenting, and advocacy. OAPCE events empower parents by equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the education system and effectively advocate for their children.


Advocacy begins at home, but its impact goes far beyond our own children. By actively advocating for our child’s education, we contribute to the larger Catholic education system. Through our involvement in school activities, parent-teacher meetings, volunteering, and engaging with other parents, we create a positive ripple effect that strengthens the entire community. By working together with organizations like OAPCE, we can ensure the success of our children, preserve our Catholic values, and create a bright future for all Catholic students. Let us embrace the power of advocacy and join forces to enhance Catholic education for generations to come. Together, we can make a difference!

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