Special to Bullet News
The sun shone across Niagara last Sunday as thousands of Niagara Catholic students, staff and alumni walked in solidarity with brothers and sisters in developing nations around the world.
2011 marked the 36th year for Niagara Catholic’s Annual pilgrimage. To date, the pilgrimage has raised nearly $6 million for social justice projects in countries such as Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru and Rwanda. The amount raised during the 2011 Pilgrimage will be announced at Niagara Catholic’s Board meeting in November.
Niagara Catholic Partners for Life with Canadian Blood Services
During the Oct. 25 Board Meeting, Niagara Catholic signed an agreement with Canadian Blood Services, becoming one of the agency’s Partners for Life.
Partners for Life is a national program designed to secure an annual commitment to the blood system. Niagara Catholic is committed to donating 20 units of blood each calendar year. This donation will help 60 patients survive illness, accidents and other life-threatening situations.
“Niagara Catholic has worked very hard in recent years to create a number of very diverse partnerships with our community, as part of our Strategic Plan,” said board chairwoman Kathy Burtnik. “This most recent partnership is an example of Niagara Catholic’s call to social justice, by putting our faith into action to help others, one of the statements laid out in our Vision 2020 Strategic Plan.”
Niagara Catholic Director of Education John Crocco said he is delighted with the new agreement.
“We are extremely pleased and proud to be one of Canadian Blood Service’s Partners for Life,” said Crocco. “As Catholics, we place a high value on human life. Donating blood takes just a few minutes of time, but those moments can mean the difference between life and death for some patients. We encourage our staff and our senior students to take part in this very worthwhile partnership to help people throughout our community.”
Agreement signed with King’s College
Niagara Catholic has also signed a partnership agreement with King’s College at the University of Western Ontario. The agreement was signed during the Oct. 25 board meeting.
The purpose of the partnership is to promote the belief that Catholic education is a lifelong process. The partners share the responsibility of educating students of all ages to serve our Church and Canadian society. The partnership will provide Niagara Catholic and King’s College with the opportunity to share faith formation programs, human resources and facilities.