The Year that was Unprecedented – a Conversation with 3 Practising Associates

By Marguerite Thomson

Conversations and Keynotes from the 2019 CPCO Conference held in Toronto on November 21-22. The theme for this year's conference, Compassion: Leading with Heart, attracted over 200 Catholic school leaders from across Ontario.

In this episode, the Support Services Advisors facilitate a conversation with Principals Tina Bellaire (Windsor-Essex CDSB), Andre Potvin (Ottawa CDSB) and Dan Seguin (Nipissing-Parry Sound CDSB). They discuss the 2019-20 school year and the impact of the Labour Challenges as well as the COVID-19 crisis. The year was one of challenges faced by Principals and Vice-Principals and the discussion touched on the impact of school and communities relationships, management struggles as well as the important roles Catholic Schools play in the lives of students.