Good afternoon families of Waterloo Catholic,
It has been a few weeks now that as a global village, and certainly within Canadian society, we have been reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement. We have been called in profound ways to reflect on our own communities – both the larger community in which we live and on our own board and school communities. A few weeks back Superintendent Olson and I shared a memo with all staff on the topic. Today I would like to share the attached video. We have been continuing as a senior team to reflect on how this moment in time is a call to both reflection and action.
We know that the year ahead will invite that reflection and we are prepared to do the work that will help to ensure that we are doing our best to live out our Pastoral theme that all our Called to Belong. We are being invited to ensure that we are not guilty of unconscious biases that leave some in our Waterloo Catholic community hurt, at a disadvantage or have them feeling unsafe. We need to embrace a learning journey in this regard. As we said a few weeks ago – we must find ways to listen more intently to the experience of racialized people locally and globally, and find ways to enter into authentic dialogue that results in real, transformational change. This work can be done together and we wish to make that commitment.
Director of Education
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