Catholic School Council

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The St. André of Bessette 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 milk days and dance-athons and support of school sponsored initiatives such as mental health and wellness events.

Meeting Dates

Our Catholic School Council meetings take place in the school Library/ Learning Commons from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 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 19th, 2017




















Council Executive - 2017/18

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




Paul Podesta 


Christine Alfonso


April Hrapchak


Julie Wyand 

Teacher Representative

Louis Collins 

Non- Teacher Representative

Jamie Atkinson 

Parish Priest

Father Joseph Singh

Parent Representative


Parent Representative

Kathy Barber 

Parent Representative

Al Dezsi 

Parent Representative

Kavita Fischer 

Parent Representative

Valentina Iranzo

Parent Representative

Fazena Mapp-Campbell

Parent Representative

Sherisse Mason

Parent Representative

Heather Ruffles

Parent Representative

Melawit Sium

Parent Representative

Josie Thompson
Parent Representative Deborah Toth
Parent Representative Kendra Wright
Parent Representative  

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:

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