Canada’s Outstanding Principals 2017


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CPCO congratulates winners of Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award 2017

By Stephanie Zakhem

The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program is celebrating its 13th anniversary and recognizing 40 exceptional leaders this year. Award nominations for the program were submitted by colleagues, parents, school staff and community members to celebrate these Principals’ leadership, innovation and ability to find solutions and opportunities within their school communities.

All winners will be honoured for their accomplishments at the annual gala on Feb. 28, 2017. The winners will also benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership training program at one of Canada’s top business schools: the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The program will introduce them to leadership and management practices, presented by business, government and education leaders, as well as Rotman faculty. Principals will also participate in a professional learning day hosted by CIBC, where they will have an opportunity to learn about today’s workforce from leaders in business, health and education.

We are thrilled to see four of CPCO’s valued Associates win the award this year! We got in touch with them and asked what does winning the award mean to them personally. Here is what they told us.

Flora Cifelli


Flora Cifelli

Dante Alighieri Academy
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto, Ontario

“I am truly humbled to be one of this year’s recipients of Canada’s Outstanding Principals. What this means to me is that I will continue to be positive, find solutions, dig deep and always keep my eye on the students in my care — I want them to look back on their school days and know that they were loved and cared for. 

“Thank you to The Learning Partnership and to those who supported my nomination. “

Susan Forbes


Susan Forbes

St. James the Greater Catholic School
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
Smiths Falls, Ontario

“I am happy and honoured to receive this award on behalf of the students, staff and parents of St .James the Greater Catholic School.

“St. James is a great place to work everyday, and I am blessed to have many wonderful leaders in my life who I learn with everyday.”

Denise Gotell


Denise Gotell

St. Thomas More School
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Ottawa, Ontario

“It is a privilege and honour to be the principal and lead learner at St. Thomas More School.  I am deeply honoured and touched to be recognized as an exemplary leader in Canada.

“My passion for leadership is inspired daily by the innovative educators and students I serve. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to further enhance my leadership practices in the upcoming leadership academy in Toronto. So grateful!”

Karan Leal


Karan Leal

St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School
Peterborough, Victoria, Nothumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board
Peterborough, Ontario

“It is sincerely a privilege to be nominated as an Outstanding Principal by The Learning Partnership. I see this as a reflection of the great talents my staff, students, and school community bring to St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School each day, and I am humbled to have received their nomination.

“I am blessed to work with outstanding staff who fully embrace the vocation of Catholic Education and the call to serve. The St. Patrick staff readily share their gifts, providing a diverse array of learning opportunities for our students to develop their self-awareness and positive self-image. The Learning Partnership award is a tribute to the culture of our school community and the fantastic environment that is created through collaboration with our broader community, in particular our strong school-parish relationship, to benefit our students.”

2 comments on “Canada’s Outstanding Principals 2017”

  1. Marny beale

    Congratulations to each one of these Principals. This is a very special honour!

    Marny Beale

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