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Extraordinary Lives Start With a Great Catholic Education

DPCDSB 50th Anniversary


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Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence in Catholic Education  

This year marks a historic milestone for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB), as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. For five decades, our Board has provided Catholic Education to generations of children and become an integral part of communities in Peel Region and Dufferin County. We have grown from 23 founding schools, to becoming one of the largest and most diverse Catholic school boards in Ontario with 151 schools, serving over 80,000 students and employing over 11,000 people. This development is a testament to decades of commitment from our students, their parents/guardians and our staff to Catholic education.

Over the course of 2019, DPCDSB will mark this incredible milestone through several events and initiatives. We will formally mark our 50th Anniversary on Tuesday, November 19, with a Gala Dinner (more information below). In addition to the Gala on November 19, a number of other special events and activities have been planned to coincide with this important milestone. 


Honouring the "Pioneer"
 Schools 

The Director of Education and the Trustee(s) will visit each of the founding schools to provide them with a plaque identifying them as a "DPCDSB Pioneer School".

​School NameOpened
Cardinal Newman Catholic School1968
Holy Cross Separate School1966
Holy Family Elementary School1965
Queen of Heaven Elementary School1958
St. Alfred Separate School1965
St. Anne Elementary School1966
St. Catherine of Siena Separate School1955
St. Christopher Separate School1957
St. Dominic Separate School1954
St. Edmund Separate School1959
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School1967
St. Francis Xavier Elementary School1965
St. Gerard Separate School1957
St. John Fisher Elementary School1961
St. Joseph (Mississauga)1956
St. Joseph Elementary School (Brampton)1961
St. Louis Separate School1961
St. Martin Secondary School (senior elementary)1968
St. Mary Elementary School1957
St. Patrick Separate School1907
St. Peter Elementary School1961
St. Thomas More Separate School1966
St. Timothy Separate School1962


50th Anniversary Student Art/Essay/Video Competition – April 26, 2019

Using the question, "What does a Catholic Education mean to you?"

The themes were:

  • Celebrating the Gifts of Catholic
  • Our lived Catholic Faith: Catholic Identity;
  • 50 years of history in the DPCDSB;
  • Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations;
  • Catholic Social Teachings;
  • Extraordinary lives start with a great Catholic Education

A winner was chosen from each of the levels: Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior and the students were invited to the May board meeting and were recognized by Trustees and Senior Management.


ShareLife Gala – May 3, 2019

There was an intentional focus on the 50th Anniversary added to the evening celebration of the ShareLife Gala on May 3, 2019 through our 50th anniversary prayer, displays and speeches.


50th Anniversary Video produced by Salt and Light Television – September 2019

Under the direction of Father Rosica and his team of directors and photographers, a half hour video is being created which will highlight 50 years of Catholic Education in Dufferin-Peel.  This film and the 50th Anniversary song will be launched in early September 2019.


Parent Evening - October 21, 2019

The Central Committee for Catholic School Councils (CCCSC) meeting in October will have a focus on the last 50 years of DPCDSB, highlighting the accomplishments of the board, as well as parent engagement and involvement.


Republication of "Our Story. Our Tradition. Our Journey." - November 2019 

"Our Story. Our Tradition. Our Journey." the history of DPCDSB will be republished with the updates written by one of the original authors and pictures by the original photographer. This update will include all new schools and parishes, and a message from our current Director and Chair.


Staff Retreat Day - November 15, 2019

All DPCDSB staff will have a Professional Development Day on November 15, which has been set aside as a day of reflection in the form of a Retreat. Each Family of Schools will come together in their own parish to celebrate mass. The masses will take place at 9:30 a.m., followed by the viewing of the 50th Anniversary video and a keynote address by Cardinal Collins.  Various other activities are planned for the day to be undertaken at the local school/Family level. 


DPCDSB 50th Anniversary Gala – November 19, 2019
More information to follow. ​


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