Patrick J. Daly has been elected President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA). Daly, who has served as Chairperson of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board for the past 27 years, was acclaimed by OCSTA’s more than 200 members at the association’s 90th Annual General Meeting on June 27.
OCSTA is the provincial association of elected Catholic school trustees whose mission is to promote and protect publicly funded Catholic education in Ontario.
This is Daly’s third term as OCSTA president; he served previously from 2016-2018 and 1996-1998, and more recently served as chair of the provincial labour relations committee (2018-2020).
“Throughout my life I have been blessed to witness the tireless work, commitment to cause, sacrifice and goodness of those who have accepted the call to serve as locally elected Catholic School Trustees,” said Daly in acceptance remarks.
“I am honoured to represent and serve with such women and men today and united with them pledge to work to protect and promote the precious gift of publicly funded Catholic Education.”
A former President of OCSTA, Patrick Daly is noted for his leadership in obtaining equity in education funding for all students in Ontario. The legislation behind this achievement was ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.
"During these unprecedented times in publicly funded education and in the life of our province, we see people of good will coming together to overcome the challenges of our day,” he indicated.
“Over the past 90 years, in times of challenge OCSTA on behalf of its member Catholic School Boards has searched for opportunities and working with governments and other provincial associations has significantly contributed to the faith formation, academic excellence and well-being of students/children.”
“Rooted in our faith, Catholic schools have and continue to promote the truth that all children are created equal and in the image of our loving God. They have celebrated and been strengthened by the diversity in our schools and province. In partnership with parents, parishes and dedicated teachers and other staff the OCSTA and its 29-member Catholic School boards remain committed to continuing to enable all children to realize their fullness of humanity of which Jesus Christ is the model.”
The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents the interests of Catholic school boards that collectively educates approximately 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Please see OCSTA’s 90th Anniversary video
which highlights the history of the Association and the pivotal role of Catholic Trustees in protecting and advancing the interests of publicly funded Catholic education in Ontario.