Catholic School Council

The Catholic School Council is an advisory body whose mission is to enhance the education of our children in a faith-centered environment in partnership with the school, parish, community and home.

We encourage all members of the St Brother André community to become members of our Catholic School Council.  While you can become a member at any time of the school year – elections for Executive Positions are generally held in the first meeting of each school year.  Please take a look at our CSC meeting schedule and please plan to attend the next meeting.  We look forward to working with you!

 

Announcing the 2021-2022  St. Brother Andre CSC Executive Members

Chair – Maria Goldson

Treasurer – Gilroy Ponniah

Secretary – Nadia Muktar

Faith Rep – Cathy DiFonzo

OAPCE Rep – Carolyn Lamy


Teacher Rep – Kevin Moore

Student Rep – Ian Wu


Announcing 2021-2022 St. Brother Andre Catholic School Council Members

Congratulations to all nominees for coming forward to showcase their interest in being a member of Catholic School Council.
After Friday’s election, we would like to announce this year’s Council:

                • Cathy Di Fonzo
                • Gilroy Ponniah
                • Yvonne Tu Herman
                • Michelle Brady
                • Dan Carmichael
                • Irene Beninato
                • Shylo Babber
                • Frank Vignando
                • Myrsini Zacharakis
                • Anita Keyes
                • Carolyn Lamy
                • Allan Manlapaz
                • Kirkor Apel
                • Maria Goldson
                • Nadia Muktar
                • Lucy Giammarco
                • Annie Tang
                • Jenn Bahen

Our first meeting will be Wednesday, October 20, 2021.  At this first meeting, we will close off last year’s Council with the year-end report, we will vote for a new Executive, and we will set goals and dates for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.

2021-2022   CSC Nominees and Biographies

Ballots will be emailed out on Friday, October 1, 2021 and voting closes at 3PM on the same day.

Name of Candidate Biography
Nadia Muktar Not provided
Yvonne Tu Herman  I am a parent of a Gr12 student and hope to be on the council for the 4th consecutive year.  Encouraging passionate parents to step up to be part of the executive council and bring new insights, vision & energy.  Stepping down from 3 years as the CSC co-chair, I have seen how this council has helped shaped the school, community and the Board’s decisions.  Looking forward to another great year.
Barrington Lue Sang The First Nominee was instrumental in assisting with fund raising and program coordination at St. Patrick Catholic School for the past 6 years. Her experience, attention to detail and drive to maintain a high level of quality education for the students will be a major benefit to the council.
Carolyn Lamy Carolyn Lamy is a committed leader in education with over 16 years of educational administration and instructional leadership (K-12) in both the independent school environment and the public school environment. She is currently an elementary principal with the York Region District School Board.

Carolyn has expertise in strategic visioning, fundraising, policy development and implementation, inclusive design, culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy, and building inclusive communities and partnerships.

Carolyn is also a Brother Andre alumnae and was a student in the Pioneer Class for grades 9 and 10. She is excited to partner with other parents to support school initiatives and fundraise to support opportunities for all students. Supporting mental health and well-being and ensuring that all families have voice and opportunities to belong to the community is an area Carolyn is most passionate about. She is willing and interested in supporting School Council in any capacity.

Carolyn has a son, Samuel Lamy in Grade 9. He is new to YRCDSB and is having a BLAST!!!

Jenn Bahen Not provided
Gilroy Ponniah SBA Treasurer for the past 4 years, IT Business Owner providing Business Solution.
Michelle brady I have been a parent on council for 4 years. My second child is currently in grade 10 . I am very interested in volunteering to be part of parent council and helping decide on the direction of funds, programs and activities for the whole school population. I am a small business owner here in Markham as well and feel community connection is very important. I am interested in being a voting member in parent council again. Thank you
Anita Keyes An SBA council member since 2017 and Faith Representative since 2018. Mother of a grade 11 son and an SBA 2021 graduate.
Karen Sortino Not Provided
Irene Beninato I am an active Parent and community member. I have been co-secratary for 2 years on the St. Brother Andre Catholic School council. I also am an executive member of the St. Julia Billiart Catholic elementary school. It’s important to me to stay involved and participate in the quality of education of my children and others. They are our future. What happens now, how it happens, what and even where they learn will have a big impact on all of our futures.
Maria Goldson Maria was baptised at the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church in Kingston Jamaica. She received her First Holy Communion at the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic church and the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Holy Family Cathedral (HFC) in the Diocese of St. John’s Basseterre, St. John’s Antigua. In that parish, she made history to be one of the first female acolytes to serve. She attended Mass weekly, while accompanying her grandmother and became a devote Catholic in the process. Maria became a member of every catholic church in each community she occupied. Her nature to service again became evident as she returned to her Stella Maria Parish later in life and became a Sunday School teacher for 3 years where she found she had a passion for the spiritual well being of children and wanted to foster their love and appreciation for the church as she did as a child. In her relatively new home of Markham, Ontario again she would like to offer her assistance in a way that will promote Jesus’ message for children in her community and so she offers her self-nomination to the serve of the St. Brother Andre Catholic School Council.
Allan Manlapaz Not provided
Sharda Ali * Not provided
Cathy Di Fonzo I would be so pleased to be on council at St. Brother Andrè for another year. I had great experiences, despite COVID, over the past three years on council. Supporting staff and students by holding a position on council would be my pleasure.
Dan Carmichael My name is Dan Carmichael, and I’m the father of a grade 10 student at St. Brother Andre. I also have two other children who attend St Patrick CES. My main motivation for joining this council is to support students/parents and teachers/staff in creating a transparent and collaborative community. I have over ten years of experience working with Parent Councils at various schools such as St. Edward, St. Patrick CES and most recently St. Brother Andre. I’ve spent most of my parenting life in various positions giving back to the community, and I look forward to continuing my support to the community at St. Brother Andre.
Shylo Babber I have been a member on 2 YCDSB councils over the last 10 years and would like to continue on as a voting member at SBA. My daughter recently graduated and my son is in grade 11.
Annie Tang Not Provided
Myrsini Zacharakis I have a daughter in grade 11 at St. Brother Andre. I also have a son in grade 8 that will be attending SBA next year. I have been a member of the Catholic School Council at SBA since my daughter was in grade 9 and previously at her elementary school. I am also currently on the CSC at my son’s elementary school and have been for many years. In addition to dedicating my time to Catholic School Council, I have been a regular volunteer at school events. Here at SBA I have also been involved in several CSC committees including the Air Quality Sub-committee, the Constitution Sub-committee and the Parent Engagement Sub-committee. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to be involved and make a positive contribution to the SBA school community be being part of the CSC for the 2021-2022 school year.
Lucy Giammarco Not Provided
Marianna Servinis Not Provided
Kirkor (Kirk) Apel I am the proud father of 2, one a St. Brother Andre Catholic High School Graduate and the youngest, a current student in Grade 9. I have been happily married for 22 years in Markham. By profession, I have been a lawyer for 24 years, as a sole practitioner and my office is also in Markham. I am a student alumni and graduate of Senator O’Connor Catholic High School many years ago (1981-1985) in Toronto and when I first walked into St. Brother Andre, my heart was warmed by the fact that the longstanding virtues and values I personally experienced in the 1980’s has continued, unabated. I hope to contribute to that.
Alka Sahadath I would like to be a voting member of the schools parent council.
Frank Vignando I’m a father of a grade 9 student looking to help out wherever needed in service of the school community, especially during this “new normal” we are all coping with. With a background in electrical engineering and software development for many years, I’m currently transitioning into new areas of sustainability and the environment; currently pursing certification in LEED (energy efficiency) and WELL (healthy buildings). If selected, this would be my first sitting on school council. Previous community involvement has included working with a local theatre group (set building/painting), making PPE (masks) early in the pandemic, and environmental awareness projects within the city. Thank you for your consideration.
* is an employee of the YCDSB

 

2020-2021 CSC Members

Executive

  • Co-Chairs:  Yvonne Tu Herman, Maggie Wallace
  • Treasurer: Gilroy Ponniah
  • Secretary: Shylo Babber, Irene Beninato
  • Faith Representative: Anita Keyes

Contacting an Executive Member

If you wish to talk with an Executive Member of Catholic School Council, please call the school at 905-294-7671 and ask for Ms. Coutts, Head Secretary. She will take your message and relay it to the appropriate Executive Member.