Catholic School Council

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The St. Bernard Catholic School Council is an advisory group made up of parents and staff. The council is a vital part of our school community. The purpose of a Catholic School Council, through the active participation of parents, is to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education process to parents.

Our Catholic School Council provides advice and support to the principal, and where appropriate, to senior administrative staff and the Board of Trustees on education matters. The advice should reflect the views of the school community.

Our Contributions

Over the years, our Catholic School Council has been involved in many activities, including fundraising events such as uniform sales, and support of school sponsored initiatives.

Meeting Dates

Our Catholic School Council meetings take place in the school library from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend the monthly Council meetings and bring agenda items forward for discussion. The meeting dates for the current school year are:

Meeting Dates



September 27, 2018


October, 2018


November 1, 2018 6:30 - 7:30 pm


November 29, 2018  6:30 - 7:30 pm


January, 2019


February, 2019


March, 2019


April, 2019


May, 2019


Council Executive - 2018/19

Elections for the Parent Council Executive take place at the first meeting of the school year. Nomination forms can be picked up in school office. We are proud to announce this year's Executive team.

Executive Member



Kathryn Hadden 


Andrea Keogan




Sonia Tipping-Edwards

Teacher Representative

Amanda McGinnes

Non-Teacher Representative

Colleen Thordarson

Parish Representative

Sue Kanemy

Volunteer Co-ordinator


Financial Representative


Parent Representative

Claudia Nosseir

Parent Representative

Shantel Ielasi

Parent Representative Mickii Vella MacKenzie

Parent Representative

Sonia Tipping-Edwards

Get involved

All parents are encouraged to attend Catholic School Council meetings. If you're not able to attend, you can still stay up-to-date on current school issues and events by subscribing to the following webpages on our school's website:

You can also follow us on Twitter:

  • St. Bernard Catholic School: [insert school's twitter handle here]
  • Durham Catholic District School Board: @DurhamCatholic
  • Durham Catholic Parent Involvement Committee: @DCPIC

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