Our Journey, Our Dream - TBCDSB Strategic Plan

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Guided by Truth, Reconciliation, Hope, Love and Faith #tbcdsb 1

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journey noun (plural journeys) an act of travelling from one place to another: an eight-hour train journey. • a long and often difficult process of personal change and development dream noun a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal: I fulfilled a childhood dream when I became champion. Our Journey continues through new experiences and discovery; revealing truth, embracing our faith and honouring our past, we can attain our dreams together.

this is us.

We are Thunder Bay Catholic,

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A message from

our Board

Our journey has been a winding path filled with scenic views highlighting our successes and our accomplishments. Like any journey, challenges have arisen, which at times have felt daunting. As people of faith and as an educational community, we continue to travel alongside one another preparing for the next adventure. Our Journey, Our Dream illustrates our commitment to our students, our staff, our dioceses and our community. The journey is our continued growth through learning while we chase our dreams in what we aspire to be. Jesus walked a path and travelled a journey like no other. Along the way, he listened and observed. He provided us with the fundamentals of goodness and wisdom to carry on, despite the path or the landscape. It is our commitment as a Board, to continue on this journey, travelling side by side guided by, truth, reconciliation, hope, love and faith. We are blessed to be on this path and dream together, with you.

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Acknowledgement The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board acknowledges we live and work on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg of Fort William First Nation and that we are treaty partners in the Robinson Superior 1850 Treaty area. We respect and honour the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws and philosophies of the Indigenous Peoples with whom we share this land today. As a Board, we move forward together, strengthening our commitment to truth and reconciliation. We will faithfully teach, empower and honour the students of the future, while honouring the memory of students of the past.

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Growing in

Faith Learning embedded in Catholic values and faith. Goals: • Provide supports to enhance the social, emotional and spiritual lives of our students • Support policies and procedures that enhance the spiritual lives of our staff • Work together to make our school communities places of compassion, inclusion, sharing and forgiveness in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ • Strengthen the relationship between home, school and church to ensure the sustainability of Catholic Education

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Growing in Faith

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Inspiring achievement, nurturing successful and faithful students, staff and families. Goals: • Motivate students and staff to embrace the new postpandemic “normal” while finding ways to help them remain positive throughout each school year • Foster Deep Learning so that all learners contribute to the common good, address global challenges and flourish in a complex world • Provide French Immersion programming enabling students to think and live in two different languages, helping foster creativity and expanding learning opportunities • Enhance individualized programs aimed at closing achievement gaps for identified students with unique needs, as well as those students needing assistance in closing the learning gaps as a result of the pandemic • Implement programs and supports to address the cultural and learning needs of Indigenous students and families • Provide learning and working spaces that enhance productivity, increase engagement and ensure professional development • Prepare students for life after graduation by helping them find a path that best suits their talents and aspirations

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Collaboration Encouraging Participation, teamwork and success for all.

Goals: • Renew our commitment to a collaborative, co-operative and inspiring environment within our schools and across our Board • Share and promote best practices amongst staff to ensure consistency and encourage ongoing improvement • Work with parents and caregivers to effectively provide guidance and resources to assist families in supporting their children • Embrace and celebrate the importance of Indigenous culture and history among our students, staff and community • Provide support to increase Mental Health awareness and initiatives, benefiting both students and staff

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Planning today for a brighter tomorrow.

Goals: • Demonstrate the value of supporting Catholic Education to students, families and the community • Commit to organizational efficiency and fiscal sustainability across all departments • Foster a culture of environmental stewardship and ecological appreciation in our schools • Grow and support leaders from within our Board through enhanced mentorship and leadership programs • Support and include equitable and comprehensive language, action and understanding in all that we do

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Communities Developing strong partnerships among schools, families and community organizations. Goals:

• Enhance communications between home and school to ensure all parents and caregivers feel welcomed, well-informed and involved • Foster engagement with Fort William First Nation and urban Indigenous families and organizations in inclusive, meaningful ways • Ensure community partners are welcomed and utilized to enhance programming and learning opportunities for families, staff and students • Celebrate successes in our schools and community by maintaining a regular positive presence in local media • Guided by Truth and Reconciliation, honour Residential School survivors and those who never returned home through teachings, prayer and Elder visits within our school communities • Provide inclusive environments for all students and staff, including our 2SLGBTIAQ+ where everyone feels valued, respected, dignified and loved

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Special Thank You Board of Trustees Francis Veneruz, Board Chairperson Dina McFarlane, Vice-Chair Eleanor Ashe, Trustee Lawrence Badanai, Trustee Kathy O’Brien, Trustee Phillip Pelletier, Trustee Tony Romeo, Trustee Principals Mike Filipetti, Principal Ryan McWhirter, Principal Alma Provenzano, Principal

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Senior Team Pino Tassone, Director of Education Sheila Chiodo, Superintendent of Business & Corporate Services Omer Belisle, Superintendent of Education J.P. Tennier, Superintendent of Education Allison Sargent, Superintendent of Education Board Staff Alexandra Frankow, Communication Officer Brent Mandryk, Manager of Business Services

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