YCDSB Hosts Province-Wide Ontario Catholic Student Leadership Conference

High school students and staff from all across Ontario engaged in an exciting, educational 3-day conference from April 27 to 29 at the Sheraton Hotel in Richmond Hill hosted and organized by the YCDSB. The conference theme was "Responding to the Call." We respond to the call through our leadership and by integrating our faith in our actions.

Over 300 delegates were greeted by our enthusiastic YCDSB student leaders on Thursday, starting with a beautiful prayer service to open the conference, before a keynote address by David Mulroney, the president of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. Entertainment on the first night was provided by Unity Charity, a hip hop group that inspires youth to be confident leaders.

Friday morning, Sister Miriam James-Heidland, who also goes by "One Groovy Nun," gave an enlightening and relatable talk about welcoming God into our lives. All students participated in two different workshops by ten workshop leaders in small discussion-based groups. All 15 YCDSB high schools planned and successfully fundraised over 2,000 health kits items like toothbrushes, toothpastes, shampoo, face cloths, socks, soaps, combs, and bandaids.  All student delegates put together 5,000 health kits to be distributed to the homeless through Sharelife.

Later that night, students were wowed by Danny Ray, an illusionist who integrates the Gospel into his performance, and celebrated their faith through song, with Chris Bray, a Christian gospel singer/songwriter.

The following morning, students and staff were bussed to St. Michael's Cathedral in downtown Toronto. We closed the conference with a wonderful mass, and the candle (torch) was passed on to Niagara Catholic District School Board for the 2019 OCSLC.

A transformative and enriching experience, OCSLC's success continued to cultivate the student leadership of Catholic students across Ontario

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