Waterloo Region, ON – The students, staff and trustees of Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools proudly congratulate Waterloo Fire Rescue Chief Richard Hepditch as the school board’s 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award honouree. The award will be presented on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.


♦ A graduate of St. David Catholic Secondary School (he also attended the former St. Louis CES and St. Michael CES in Waterloo), Richard was named Chief of Waterloo Fire Rescue in May, 2014. Prior to becoming Chief, he held numerous roles including Captain, Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator, and Deputy Chief. Before joining Waterloo Fire Rescue, Richard was a primary-care paramedic for Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services and taught for more than a decade in Conestoga College’s pre-service firefighter education and training program.

♦ Richard is a member of the Waterloo Region Children’s Safety Village governing committee and is a founding member and co-chair of Waterloo’s Real Men Can Cook charity event. He was recognized as one of the Waterloo Region Record’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2010, and received Conestoga College’s Alumni of Distinction Award in 2011.

♦ Noteworthy among Richard’s many accomplishments is his work in the community helping feed the hungry. Through events such as “Fitness Feeds the Community” and the “Fire and Police to Food Bank 365” program, Richard’s support for the Foodbank of Waterloo Region has helped ensure hunger is seen as a critical issue 365 days a year – not just during special seasons. Thanks to his efforts, Foodbank donations can be made at any fire or police station in Waterloo Region any day of the year.


“Needless to say, it is always gratifying for us to see our graduates accomplish great things in their careers. But in Richard’s case, it’s not just his exemplary career of public service – where he serves as a role model, mentor and personal inspiration to so many – that we celebrate. We especially celebrate his work in helping feed Waterloo Region’s hungry, and his willingness to step forward to support those who are less fortunate. There are few people in Waterloo Region or anywhere else in Ontario who can match Richard’s profile as a model Catholic school graduate.”

~~ Loretta Notten, Director of Education

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The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 52 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 183-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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