Recognized this past April by the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO) for Distinguished Service, Marisa DiCenso, in her customary humble fashion, said simply, “Serving is what we are called to do.”
Marisa was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the CPCO Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony held annually to celebrate Catholic leaders from across Ontario.
Marisa began her educational career in 1990 with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. She has served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as Principal of Regina Mundi Catholic Elementary School. She is currently President of the CPCH and has served on the local executive for many years.
Over the years, Marisa has served provincially as a member of the Constitution and AGM Steering Committee as well as the Professional Services, Members’ Security, and Political Action Committees. She has been a local AMR Representative for many years and was co-chair for the 2015 CPCO Conference and is currently the CPCO representative on the Ministry of Education Kindergarten Implementation Working Group.
Marisa supports her faith and school communities through music and Stewardship of Creation both at school and in community.
“Children are at the heart of all these endeavours,” wrote her nominators. “When we are the best Catholic educators and leaders we can be, we can give generously to our students and model Christ’s teachings in all that we do.”
Expressing her appreciation to CPCO for the honour, Marisa said, “To be honest, every opportunity to contribute to CPCO or the local association is a reward in and of itself.”
“It’s a chance to learn from our provincial and local colleagues and become better leaders and people for having shared and engaged with them to enhance Catholic leadership and education.”
Quoting John Donne who famously said that no man is an island, Marisa suggested that Catholic leaders are blessed to have the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario.
“We don’t have to work in isolation.”
“CPCO is our professional family where we can support each other while nurturing our most precious resources – our Catholic students.”
CPCO is the professional association for Principals and Vice-Principals in Ontario's publicly-funded Catholic school system.