In early March, Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools — standing in solidarity with the people of Ukraine — began a campaign to raise funds to assist humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

While a number of schools sent funds directly to the Canadian Red Cross — and a number of schools encouraged families to donate privately via the Canadian Red Cross — a total of 28 WCDSB secondary and elementary schools centrally raised a total of $23,552!

The students and staff at Our Lady of Grace CES (OLOG) in Kitchener were the top elementary school fundraisers, raising $1,907.

The students and staff at St. Benedict CSS in Cambridge were the top secondary school fundraisers, raising $3,000.

On May 10, 2022, Director of Education Loretta Notten joined OLOG Principal Jeff Dinner and students to celebrate the school’s generosity.

Families and individuals in the community who still wish to donate privately are encouraged to do so via the Canadian Red Cross website at:

We continue to pray for peace and healing in Ukraine — and all other places on Earth, where cruelty and war persist.