Speakers

Thinkers. Doers. Idea-generators. OAPCE Presents the speakers who will be delivering a talk at the conference. Independently organized, these are the people who will bring it life.

Friday Night Networking Event

Errol Lee

Friday @ 7:00pm

Bio

Errol Lee

The founder of Caring Concerts, Errol Lee is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter, dancer, children’s author and advocate for youth.  

Errol Lee, The founder of Caring Concerts, and multi-award winning singer-songwriter, dancer, children’s author and advocate for youth will join us on Friday evening for a FUN, POSITIVE and INTERACTIVE networking and reception event as he takes to the stage to welcome our Conference Attendees. 

Mass / Commissioning

His Eminece Thomas Cardinal Collings

Saturday @ 9:00am

Bio

Bishop, Archdiocese of Toronto

Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, where his father was the circulation manager of the Guelph Mercury and his mother was a legal secretary. He is the only son and the youngest of three siblings. His childhood home was situated behind The Church of Our Lady, where he attended and served morning Mass.

Led by His Eminece, Thomas Cardinal Collins will be opening up our 80th Annual Parent Conference with Mass and Commissioning.

Keynote Speaker

Greg Rogers

Saturday @ 10:30am

Bio

Educational Partnerships Director, Me to WE

Officially, Greg has been at WE a year and a half—unofficially, he’s been around since the start. He has played a huge role in co-founder Marc Kielburger’s life, as his high school teacher and rugby coach. Later on, he was WE’s contact at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, where he was Student Leadership Coordinator. Greg carries these experiences into his role at WE, with his focus always being to help students realize that everyone is a leader. “When you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life,” says Greg. “WE now allows me to continue that why, sharing connections, learnings and opportunities around leadership, social justice, service learning and adventure.”

 

 

John B. Kostoff

Saturday @ 1:00pm (1A) & 2:30pm (1B)

Bio

Executive Director, OCSOA

B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Dip in Ministry, has worked in the field of education as a teacher and administrator at the elementary, secondary and university levels for over 42 years. John is an author and a frequent contributor to religious education and educational journals. He currently sits on a number of boards related to education and community.

Title of Book:  One Home at a Time: Realizing and Living out our Domestic Church, published by Novalis.

Workshops – 1A, 1B

Each registered participant will receive a free book in this workshop

There is no single roadmap for being a Catholic family today; It is hectic to say the least and yet this holy space and place is where we first learn how to live out our Christian life. In this inspiring and practical book, long-time educators John B. Kostoff and Patricia Dal Ben offer a framework and plenty of helpful ideas and suggestions for how the family – the domestic church – can together intentionally strive to go beyond the church building to love and serve.

In living out the Paschal Mystery in their own particular way, each domestic church draws closer to Christ. By journeying mindfully through the liturgical and calendar year – from key church seasons to saints’ days to secular celebrations – families can grow in faith, love and compassion. Through working with the parish and school, they can create rich communities where families truly become living signs of God’s love as authentic expressions of Church in the world.

 

Patricia Dal Ben

Saturday @ 1:00pm (1A) & 2:30pm (1B)

Bio

B.A., B.Ed., M.T.S, has been an educator for more than 30 years, at the elementary, secondary and board level, teaching special education, the arts and religious studies. She has co-authored publications on the Sacrament of Confirmation and Vocations. Her appointments with several Catholic educational groups in the province have been rich and welcoming experiences. Currently, Patricia serves as a Religious Education, Faith Formation and Arts.

Title of Book:  One Home at a Time: Realizing and Living out our Domestic Church, published by Novalis.

Workshops – 1A, 1B

Each registered participant will receive a free book in this workshop

There is no single roadmap for being a Catholic family today; It is hectic to say the least and yet this holy space and place is where we first learn how to live out our Christian life. In this inspiring and practical book, long-time educators John B. Kostoff and Patricia Dal Ben offer a framework and plenty of helpful ideas and suggestions for how the family – the domestic church – can together intentionally strive to go beyond the church building to love and serve.

In living out the Paschal Mystery in their own particular way, each domestic church draws closer to Christ. By journeying mindfully through the liturgical and calendar year – from key church seasons to saints’ days to secular celebrations – families can grow in faith, love and compassion. Through working with the parish and school, they can create rich communities where families truly become living signs of God’s love as authentic expressions of Church in the world.

 

Paul Davis

Saturday @ 1:00pm (2A) & 2:30pm (2B)

Bio

Social Media Educator

Paul Davis has been in Information Technology for the past 27yrs, and has presented to over 430,000 students in four Provinces and four States, along with the The Ontario Provincial Police, Canada Border Services, & DND in just under six years.  He has been interviewed numerous times on CBC Radio Canada, CTV News Toronto, Global News, and is a regular on Breakfast TV in Calgary – and he is also a TEDx Speaker!

The Parental Responsibility in the Digital Age

Workshops – 2A, 2B

Social Networking & Online Safety:

Topics Include:

Social Media

Digital Trails vs Digital Footprints

Smartphones

Sexting / Image Sharing

Privacy

Robert Gallo

Saturday @ 1:00pm (3A) & 2:30pm (3B)

Bio

OISE Instructor | OECTA Course Director

Robert Gallo is a graduate of the TCDSB and alumni of Chaminade CSS.

His mother, Dalia is a former TCDSB teacher for over 40 years, having taught at St. James Catholic School, inspiring him to get into education. His wife, is also a teacher at Fr. Henry Carr.

Robert began his teaching career at St. Simon, then Fr. Henry Carr. He taught for a year at St. Eugene and for the last 6 years has assumed the role of a Religion and Family Life Resource Teacher, based out of the CEC, servicing many schools throughout the TCDSB. In 2015 Robert completed a Master’s Degree in Education from OISE.

Robert is currently an OISE Instructor, and OECTA Course Director overseeing all Religion AQs for the TCDSB.

He maintains a passion for animating faith throughout the system. Creating resources for the Catholic Curriculum Corporation, presenting at When Faith Meets Pedagogy. Robert continues to work closely with teacher candidates and new teachers.

“Living our Virtues in a Virtual World”

Workshops – 3A, 3B

An in depth look at connecting the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations in a world dominated by social media. Giving students the tools they need to be successful on and off screen.

Miguel Martinez

Saturday @ 1:00pm (4A) & 2:30pm (4B)

Bio

President, Owner, Founder & Head Coach, MTC Life

Miguel has been working with youth across Canada for over 17 years, and served as a Christian missionary in Puerto Rico for two years. He has worked with a large variety of different groups  and is passionate about instilling soft skills at an early age.  By working for Fortune 500 companies, Miguel understands the important of providing tools and motivation to his participants.

While growing up, and to this day, Miguel finds comfort in music and dance.  He used to dance for MuchMusic and choreographed and danced all across Canada.

As a talented motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and experienced sales person, Miguel has the life experience necessary to provide practical, real world advice. With an electric smile, and infectious enthusiasm, he is able to capture the attention of young people, and keep them engaged from the start of a workshop to the end.

Don’t Stress, Decompress!

Workshops – 4A, 4B

Through this workshop, parents will learn to recognize when their child may be experiencing stress and to learn techniques to assist the child in coping with it. The goal is for everyone (both parents and students) to learn self-regulation measures -You will receive tools for effectively dealing with stressors and provide the skills you need to manage anxiety dramatically.

Teresa Hartnett

Saturday @ 1:00pm (5A) & 2:30pm (5B)

Bio

Director of Family Ministry Office, Diocese of Hamilton

Teresa Hartnett works as the Director of Family Ministry for the Diocese of Hamilton. She has degrees from McMaster and Brock Universities and a Masters in Religious Education from St. Augustine’s Seminary through the University of Toronto. She is also certified in a variety of family and marriage programs. Her experience with numerous agencies and committees gives her extensive knowledge in faith, school, family, communication and parenting issues.

“It Takes a Village, But a Family First”

Workshop – 5A

Raising a family in the world today can be a challenge, especially with the influence of social media and the ‘internet world’ being so prominent. The old adage, it takes a village to raise a child, is true, but we need more than just the village. The most powerful influencer for a child is the family – we need strong families. This workshop will look at how parents and significant adults can have the most positive impact in their children’s lives and how they can be certain they will be the most important influencer of their child.

“Discipline – As Easy as 1, 2 3…”

Workshop – 5B

Is it possible that discipline can actually be a task that doesn’t have to take its toll on the family and its members?  Can parents live in harmony with their children? Can they feel that they can both love and be in charge of their children at the same time?  The answer to all of these is yes! This workshop will look at practical, proven and researched ways to help you discipline with love and guarantee positive results for parents/caregivers and children.

Nick Biagini

Saturday @ 1:00pm (6A) & 2:30pm (6B)

Bio

Artistic Director | Bianini’s Colours

Nick Biagini attended Neil McNeil High School in Scarborough. He attended University of Toronto receiving an Honors Degree in 1984. He received a B. Ed from York University in 1991 and completed a Masters in Education degree from York in 2001. Nick is a self taught artist who was painting primarily in oils but since his return from Sicily, he has switched over to acrylic. This he feels makes his work more environmentally friendly. He has had many successful exhibitions in Toronto and has completed many commissioned works in Canada, South America and Europe.

Today Nick is a Principal with the TCSDB and he shares this passion for painting with the many wonderful students and teachers who have allowed him the opportunity to bring out their inherent creativity through the act of painting.

Nick is now the artistic director of Biagini’s Colours where he teaches painting classes to students from grade 3 and beyond.

“Teaching Parents to Teach their Chidren to Paint” 

Workshops – 6A, 6B

Nick Biagini will teach simple techniques so everyone can paint a beautiful painting with confidence, & spend quality family time! 

Madonna Catholic Secondary School Chaplaincy & Religion Department

Saturday @ 1:00pm (7A) & 2:30pm (7B)

Bio

Audrey Ferrer

Department Head of Religious Studies, Chaplaincy and French

Madonna Catholic Secondary School

“The Family that Prays Together, Stays Together” 

Workshops – 7A, 7B

Join us for an interactive workshop where you will explore different ways of praying to deepen your faith, including Bible journaling, music, and dance. Different ways of Christian meditation will be exemplified as well as learning how to pray the rosary.  Learn how to incorporate these forms of prayer into your family life to celebrate your faith walk in the path of Christ. Each participant will receive a rosary in the workshop.

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“CELEBRATE the PAST,

APPRECIATE the PRESENT,

ADVOCATE for the FUTURE”

 

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