At the March 5, 2013 Regular Meeting of the Halton Catholic District School Board, Trustees approved the name Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School for the new Catholic secondary school in Milton.
The school, located at the southwest corner of Louis St. Laurent Avenue and Bronte Street, is scheduled to open in September, 2013. Earlier this year, the Board initiated the process to establish a committee and select a name for the new school. In accordance with Board Policy I-15 – School Name Selection, input was gathered from parents, students, staff and community members to inform the decision of the committee. The response of the community indicated a preference for the name Jean Vanier. His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton, expressed his support of the name in a letter to the Board, dated February 26, 2013.
"Jean Vanier will be a great role model for our students and staff," says Pat Daly, Principal, Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School. "Vanier’s vision of a world in which we value the diversity, respect the dignity and support the equality of all human beings, will be one that our new school community will embrace."
Jean Vanier (born 1928) is a Canadian Catholic philosopher turned theologian and humanitarian. He has been recognized as the recipient of many international awards including Companion of the Order of Canada, Legion of Honour (France), and Rabbi Gunther Plant Humanitarian Award, and was named one the Greatest Canadians by CBC, the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s magazine. His many books include, Becoming Human, Finding Peace, Made for Happiness, Encountering the Other, and Befriending the Stranger.
The construction of Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School is currently underway. School construction updates are available on the Board’s website. Questions regarding school operations should be directed to Pat Daly, School Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org.