Marino Gazzola, chair of the Wellington Catholic District School Board, has been elected president of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association. The school board made the announcement in a press release on Monday.
Gazzola was elected at the association’s recent annual general meeting and conference, where he spoke of the importance of safeguarding Catholic education for future generations.
“We’re a team and one person cannot do it alone,” Gazzola said at the gathering. “Together, we need to inspire a legacy of love and service to others.”
A longtime Guelph Police officer, Gazzola has served as a trustee for over 26 years. He has been a member of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association board since 2007, and was the president of that organization from 2012-14.
His governance skills will now move to the national level with the Canadian Catholic School Trustee’s Association, the organization that promotes excellence in Catholic education across the country. It represents seven provincial and territorial Catholic school trustees’ associations, which in turn represent over 90 Catholic school boards with over 850,000 students in 2,000 schools.