Good News Stories

It is sometimes difficult to find good news in today’s world.

Yet there are numerous stories of courage, good will, compassion
and academic success in Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools.

Enjoy some good news from across Ontario.

Jean–Paul Dupont’s commitment to his students has earned him the nation's top education honour

Jean-Paul Dupont builds environments where students can do their very best.

A music, math and food and nutrition teacher at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in St. Catharines, Dupont started the school music program from scratch. He brought together members from First Nations to work firsthand with students.


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Alumnus Sherry Wong won $130,000 in scholarships and turned her success into a foundation to help others snag big awards

Sherry Wong believes it’s not just top marks that will land you scholarships. It’s belief in yourself and the ability to paint your leadership experiences.

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Meet Aidan Harold: a lifetime of giving back leads to mighty award.

Since elementary school, 17-year-old Aidan Harold has been giving back to his community, any way he could. He devoted his spare time to soup kitchens. He co-founded his school’s Model United Nations Club. He led the Niagara Catholic District School Board school senate as Co-Chair.

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The Toronto Catholic District School Board nurtures connection between parishes and school communities with Parish Family Day

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) is honouring the important connection between parishes and school communities, proclaiming Friday May 5, 2017 Parish Family Day. 

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Ted van der Zalm is a humble and remarkable teacher at Denis Morris Catholic High School.

This past November, Ted was honoured with a Governor General’s Award for Meritorious Service. In 2004 he founded Wells of Hope, a charity that digs fresh water wells for Guatemala’s impoverished residents in the Japala mountains. 

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Meet Colin Daly, an outstanding student who was offered two Schulich Leader Scholarships from two of Canada’s top universities

It was teacher Leanne Marrazzo who recognized Colin Daly’s vast intelligence and humble demeanor, making him the perfect student nominee for a Schulich Leader Scholarship.  

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Innovative learning continues at Pope John Paul II Elementary School

Kindergarten students received an exceptional opportunity to star in their very own classroom film about their latest creative project, The Story Workshop. 

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Meet Stephanie Gaglione, a distinguished graduate of the York Catholic District School Board and a 2017 Rhodes Scholarship recipient.

“My Catholic values help keep me grounded. My parents, teachers and IB coordinator have been so supportive; I owe a lot of my success to them.”

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Student group from St. Thomas Aquinas CHS builds strong and biodegradable plastic, presenting project to CBC’s Dragon’s Den consultant Sean Wise.

A group of ten grade 8 and 9 students from St. Thomas Aquinas CHS in Russell, Ontario, known as the AVENGERS (A Very Energetic Nerdy Group of Environmentally Responsible Students), have been working hard on an innovative environmental project. 

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