The Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation Inc. (WRCSFI) was established in 1994 by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) trustees and administration. The purpose of this registered charity is to help offset the cost of programs and supports that were considered essential to the education of all learners in this community but not funded adequately by the Ministry of Education grants.
The Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation focuses in three areas:
- To support program enhancements important to our Catholic education community but no longer viable through Government funding
- To support equity and opportunity for all our learners
- To support the Faith component of Catholic education
Since 1994, the challenge of the WCDSB to meet its mission have escalated – Government funding has not kept up with the demands and rising costs, school boards have lost the option to generate much-needed funds from the local community property taxes and the Ontario Curriculum, legislated since 1996, is the most demanding, comprehensive curriculum in Ontario’s history. In addition the government and the community look to the school system to deliver and support more and more social programs.
Consequently, schools no longer have comprehensive arts, athletic, science and technology programs, school libraries do not have adequate print or technology-based resources, the Faith component of Catholic education is being strained. Unfortunately, the list of compromises to our students education goes on and on.
In response, the WRCSF has evolved into a dynamic, proactive, foundation, with a community-based board of directors, committed to supporting the mission of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, committed to ensuring that the potential in all learners is realized in 3 essential dimensions: mind * body * soul.
The WRCSF has launched an exciting new vision, supported by a comprehensive strategic plan, to ensure that its mission will be accomplished in the best interest of the 25,000 Elementary, Secondary and Adult learners in our Waterloo Catholic District Schools education community.
Bill Conway, Waterloo Catholic District School Board – Trustees Chair
“As a board of trustees, we are so very thankful for the work of the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation in their support of the students of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. The tireless efforts by the dedicated board and many volunteers in raising funds means that our students will have experiences in faith formation, along with developing themselves in the areas of art, sports and technology which will help them reach their full potential.”
Loretta Notten, Waterloo Catholic District School Board – Director of Education and WRCSF Board Member
“It would be fair to say that there is deep appreciation across our Catholic school system for the incredible work of The Foundation. Our schools collaborate with the Board of Directors to ensure financial support is located where it is needed. As a result, each day schools across our system are impacted by the efforts of The WRCSF, as our schools and our children are afforded more opportunities and a deeper experience of our Catholic School system. We are deeply indebted to The Foundation and its supporters for all the good work they enable!”