On Tuesday, August 26, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board presented its Catholic Award of Merit to Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion for her long-time support of Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools and of Catholic education in Ontario.
In receiving the award at the board’s regular August meeting, Mayor McCallion described the “close and special relationship” she has enjoyed with Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools over the years. She cited the many events and activities she attended at Dufferin-Peel schools and her great affinity for young people. She was ebullient in her praise of, and support for, Catholic education in Ontario and the “difference that faith makes in the education of students.”
In introducing Mayor McCallion, John B. Kostoff, director of education, described her as “a legend and a true friend of Catholic education.”
Board chair Mario Pascucci thanked Mayor McCallion for her “ongoing support, and for recognizing and acknowledging that Catholic education is an important and healthy component of Ontario’s education system.”
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic Award of Merit is presented in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Catholic education. Past recipients of the award include The Honourable William G. Davis, former premier of Ontario, Joseph Hugel, first director of education of the Dufferin-Peel Roman Catholic Separate School Board, and Victor Morgado, former Dufferin-Peel student, who was a catalyst in the events leading up to the full funding of Catholic schools in 1985 and seven religious orders that were instrumental in the development of Catholic education in Peel Region and Dufferin County.
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest and most diverse school boards in Ontario, with approximately 83,000 students in 149 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville. With over 10,000 employees, the board is also one of the largest employers in the region.