Last month, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), in partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board(TCDSB), ALPHA Education and Asian community partners, celebrated Asian Heritage Month by participating in activities that promote positive race relations through compassion, empathy, and inclusion.

‘Voices of Hope’ Student Contest

HCDSB students aged 12+ were invited to use their creative voice to inspire peace, social justice and humanity in our school communities through the Voices of Hope Student Contest.

Students were asked to submit a poem, rap, lyrics or acrostics on anti-racism in English or French for the chance to win a cash prize!

Congratulations to the 10 HCDSB students who received honourable mentions and a $50 gift card for their work, and to Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School Extended French student Jasmeet Bhandal for receiving a $200 cash prize for her poem ‘Nous sommes tous Humains!’ (We are all Human).

Nous sommes tous Humains poem

‘Voices of Hope’ Contest Participants 

Student NameSchool
Elias Al-BahsossBishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (Extended French Program)
Jasmeet BhandalBishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (Extended French Program)
Alejandra CovoBishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (Extended French Program)
 Izzy DonoghueBishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (Extended French Program)
Gabriella GancarzBishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (Extended French Program)
Paula GaramilloBishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (Extended French Program)
Ana RosaBishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (Extended French Program)
Thu DoanBishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (International Student Program)
Brian XuBishop Reding Catholic Secondary School (International Student Program)
Mikaela PereiraSacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School

‘YOUth for Change: Unlearning Racism Understanding Identity’ Event

On May 27, 2021, Youth for Change hosted the ‘YOUth for Change Panel Discussion: Unlearning Racism Understanding Identity’ to bring students together in conversation on topics including privilege, biases, stigmatization and mental wellbeing. 

Congratulations to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School student Samuel Escano for your achievement in being one of the Discussion panelists! 

The event concluded with a choral performance of We are the World by HCDSB students. Congratulations to all participants for an outstanding performance!

We are the World Student Performers

Student NameSchool
Qingyan JiaCorpus Christi Catholic Secondary School
Rachel Myra Lorraine WilsonCorpus Christi Catholic Secondary School
Ugochi Kalu-Otisi Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
Mariaelisa VéleHoly Trinity Catholic Secondary School
 Danah AqrawSt. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School
Zikora EzeokanaSt. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School
Zizheng LinSt. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School
Chenkai SunSt. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School

To learn more about how HCDSB celebrated Asian Heritage Month, please click here.