Halton board celebrates 40 years

  • September 25, 2009
{mosimage}BURLINGTON, Ont - Alice Anne LeMay recalls playing the role of “hot dog lady” at a basketball game for special needs students in the Halton Catholic District School Board .

LeMay, whose son has a hearing disability, said it’s activities like these which highlight the Catholic and “inclusive” spirit of the Halton board over the past four decades.

“All this work hits home with me,” she said, adding that the board also runs other events like bringing special needs students to meet and play with the Toronto Blue Jays and Marlies.

The board celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Board chair LeMay said Halton has thrived over the last 40 years, rising from 10,000 students in its early years to more than 29,000 this year.

LeMay, a trustee for 29 years, said the board is marking the anniversary with a new vision statement which reads: “The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic, providing exceptional education, while nurturing the call to love and to serve as a people of faith, living out God’s plan.”

LeMay said she hopes the statement will serve as a guide for the board in future years as it prepares to work towards achieving a common vision for Catholic education with the Catholic community.

The board has grown since the amalgamation of four separate school boards in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown. It has 40 elementary and eight high schools, including two Continuing Education/Adult Learning Centres.

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