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Lent 2016


Celebrating the season of Lent

By Andie McHardy-Blaser

As part of our Lent observance, CPCO would like to provide a few related and useful resources below.

We also encourage Principals and Vice-Principals to share how you and your schools observe Lent via social media. Connect with us on Twitter at @CPCOTweet — we would love to hear from you.

Prayer for Lent

God our Father,
You formed us from the dust of the earth
And brought us to new life in Christ
Through the waters of Baptism.

We ask you to change our hearts
As we journey through these forty days of Lent.

Help us to see Jesus in everyone we meet,
And to serve him in all persons,
Especially the poor, the sick and the lonely.

By your grace, may our prayers and sacrifices this Lent
Help us grow closer to each another and to you,
As one family in Jesus.

We make this prayer to you in His name.


In the video, Fr. Cull, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Hamilton, leads a Lenten reflection on fasting.

The Archdiocese of Toronto also has an excellent page of resources for Lent. You can find it here.
For prayers on Lent and other Liturgical seasons/days, please visit the prayers page on the CPCO website.

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CPCO Conference & AGM 2016

CPCO Conference

It’s that time of the year again!

By Andie McHardy-Blaser

CPCO’s Conference & Annual General Meeting (AGM) is right around the corner, and we want to give a sneak preview of what to expect during this three-day event.

“Sparking the Divine Light” is the theme this year. The conference is the only one of its kind in Canada, focusing on Catholic education leadership for Principals and Vice-Principals. The conference will be held on April 21 and 22, with the gala dinner and awards taking place on the second day. Our AGM will follow on April 23 and the entire event will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.


Canada’s Outstanding Principals 2016

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CPCO congratulates winners of Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award 2016

By Andie McHardy-Blaser

What is Canada’s Outstanding Principals™?

Canada’s Outstanding Principals initiative recognizes outstanding contributions of Principals in publicly funded schools. It honours Principals from every province and territory in the country, who demonstrate innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and who have done something truly remarkable in public education.

For more information on Canada’s Outstanding Principals, please visit the Learning Partnership‘s website.

We are proud to see six of CPCO’s valued Associates win Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award 2016 and we congratulate all winners this year!


Tip of the Week


legalWeekly legal advice for CPCO Practising Associates

By Joe Geiser

Each week, our Protective Services Coordinator, Joe Geiser, shares a timely legal tip on CPCO’s website. These tips can be found under the Protective Services dropdown on the Associates tab of the website. We encourage all Practising Associates to log on each week to view these, as they are a valuable resource.

For a preview of our Tip of the week series, Joe shares a snapshot of his most recent one below.


Starling Minds


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Make mental health a priority in 2016

By Andie McHardy-Blaser

Mental health issues affect all Canadians at some point, whether directly or through a family member, friend or colleague. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Research, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life time.

A recent article in The Globe and Mail discusses advantages of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) online programs, including anonymity and convenience. The article also quotes David Gratzer, a psychiatrist at the Scarborough Hospital in Ontario, who says that if done well, the Internet-based model “can actually rival in-person CBT.”

CPCO has teamed up with Starling Minds’ founder and CEO Dr. Andrew Miki, and launched an online mental health initiative to support our Practising Associates.