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Sudbury Catholic Schools honours recipients of this year’s Chairperson’s Award

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From left to right: Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Michael Bellmore along with this year’s recipients Steve Callaghan, Paola Stefanuto and Julie Hammond.

April 13, 2018 - We are excited to announce the recipients of this year's Chairperson's Award! All three individuals embody the Board’s vision as leaders in learning and faith. They strive to support their school community in any way they can and have each helped shape the unique culture present within their schools.

Julie Hammond is a secretary at St. David Catholic Elementary School. She serves as the first person students, staff and guests see as they enter the building and she always greets everyone with a warm smile! Julie works tirelessly each and every day to ensure the daily operations of the school are taken care of. She acts as the ‘go-between’ for all special activities occurring at the school and works with community partners to provide the safest and healthiest learning environment for all students. Julie embraces the Catholic values and models them on a daily basis. She promotes equity within her school community and advocates to provide St. David with physical, mental, spiritual and emotional support when anyone is in need.

Steve Callaghan serves as the Chaplain at St. Charles College. He is selfless in his vocation whether it be at St. Charles College or his home parish of St. Kevin’s, where he also serves as Deacon. Kind and patient, Steve always makes sure to provide support to staff, students and whoever else is in need. Steve leads two Antioch Retreat Weekends each year for students at St. Charles College. The powerful weekend of prayer, reflection and spiritual bonding has united participating students, and provides them with a voice. Steve also organizes the annual Christmas Toy Drive, works in the Breakfast Program room each morning and is on the planning committee for the annual St. Charles College Food Drive.


Paola Stefanuto is a lunchroom supervisor at Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School. In addition to this role, Paola also serves as a school volunteer, book fair chairperson, snack coordinator and helps run various school events such as silent auctions, fun fairs and Christmas concerts. Paola mentors many students and guides them as they prepare and deliver healthy snacks to classrooms twice a week. She has also created a cooking club in partnership with the Sudbury District Health Unit. She lives each day with the Board’s values as her guide and looks forward to entering the building of Holy Cross school no matter the task.

“The recipients of this year’s award act as true leaders within our system,” said Michael Bellmore, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. “Whether they are organizing an event, mentoring students or providing spiritual or emotional support to whoever is in need, they embody our mission and vision as a Board in all that they do. We are very proud to honour them.”

Congratulations to all recipients!

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