Inaugural Meeting of the Board

Monday, December 6, 2021 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, December 13, 2021 — Meeting Agenda Package


Election of Chair & Vice-Chair

On December 6, 2021, the Board of Trustees elected Waterloo / Woolwich / Wellesley Trustee Jeanne Gravelle as Chair of the Board, and Kitchener / Wilmot Trustee Brian Schmalz as Vice-Chair of the Board.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of the following representatives:

Bill Conway (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Manuel da Silva (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Jeanne Gravelle (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich) — Chair

Shannon Nash (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Wendy Price (Cambridge / North Dumfries)

Hans Roach (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Brian Schmalz (Kitchener / Wilmot) — Vice Chair

Melanie Van Alphen (Waterloo / Wellesley / Woolwich) – Past Chair

Tracey Weiler (Kitchener / Wilmot)

Sarah Simoes and Sarah Wilson are the Student Trustees.

Detailed information about the Board of Trustees – including contact information, board agendas and minutes and board policies is available by clicking —–> HERE … Then click the “Our Governance” link.

Director’s Annual Report for 2020-21

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan provides the roadmap for the staff of Waterloo Catholic District School Board and proclaims to the broader community our goals and aspirations.

Per Section 283(3) of The Education Act, the Director of Education must submit an Annual Report at the first Board meeting of December of each year reporting on the progress of the Board against the stated goals.

As was reflected in the June 2021 Multi-Year Strategic Plan Report Card brought to Board, on the Multi-Year Strategic Plan 2018-2021, there has been strong progress within our three priority areas, against each of our six strategic directions — despite the real and considerable challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To view the Annual Report, please visit:

Equity Action Plan Update

As a Catholic learning community, we are inspired and guided by the Gospel in our pursuit of equity and justice as a value rooted in our faith. In our Catholic/Christian tradition, we have a moral imperative to act intentionally to ensure those we serve – staff, students, and communities – are treated with respect and dignity as brothers and sisters in Christ. To achieve this vision, we use the following as our guiding, spiritual principles: Collaboration, Equity, Excellence and Accountability, Holism, Life-Long Learning, Reflection, and Reconciliation.

Equity work is pervasive throughout the board with many staff engaging in equity initiatives. Our work is guided by the four priority areas outlined in the Ontario Education Equity Action Plan:

  • School and Classroom Practices
  • Leadership, Governance, and Human Resources Practices
  • Data Collection, Integration, and Reporting
  • Organizational Culture Change

The detailed report presented to the Board on December 13, 2021 addresses these key areas of focus:

  • School and Classroom Practices
  • Leadership, Governance, and Human Resources Practices
  • Data Collection, Integration and Reporting
  • Organizational Cultural Change

Key to the word of the WCDSB are the efforts of the Equity, Diversity, and Learning (EDL) Committee, an advisory committee to the Board’s senior staff leadership.

This committee reviewed the Ministry of Education’s mandate on anti-racism and made concrete recommendations to EC about ways to minimize the institutional barriers to equitable outcomes. This committee consists of staff throughout the board and across regions (i.e., Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, and the Townships). Colleagues who identified as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) and/or part of another equity-seeking group were encouraged to join this group.

The Equity, Diversity, and Learning Committee had four working subcommittees. These subcommittees are listed below:

  • Census/Data Collection
  • Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy: CRRP
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Culture

The report is available beginning on page 21 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Update on WCDSB Pandemic Management

As we have journeyed through November and into December, as was the case last month there are a combination of signs to give us hope, as well as some to give us some opportunity for pause.

As reviewed previously, our models of delivery, our processes, our health and safety protocols and essentially all aspects of our operations are informed by direction through the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province, as well as the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo. We continue to receive direction through the Ministry of Education, as well as our local Public Health department. We are continuing meetings with Region of Waterloo Public Health and the Waterloo Region District School Board to attain a measure of understanding and alignment regarding the most prudent courses of action.

The progress report presented on December 13, 2021, includes information regarding the following key issues:

  • Return to (In Person) Learning
  • Vaccination for Staff & Students Aged 12-plus
  • Vaccination for Students Ages 5 – 11
  • Case and Contact Management
  • Masking
  • Daily Screening
  • PCR & Rapid Antigen Tests
  • Rapid Antigen Tests to Support High-Contact Sports
  • Ventilation

The report is available beginning on page 41 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Update

Student Trustees Sarah Simoes and Sarah Wilson presented their monthly update – covering activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. It is available beginning on page 47 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, January 10, 2022 — Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, January 24, 2022 — Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and four adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary, and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 185-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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