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Petrella acclaimed as Catholic Board Chair

(Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk) - At the Inaugural meeting of the Board on December 2, 2014, in a unanimous decision, the trustees of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board acclaimed Rick Petrella as Chair of the Board and Cliff Casey as Vice Chair. 

Rick Petrella, who works in operations management for a Canadian telecommunications company, brings a strong background in business to his new role as Chair of the Board and is active in the community of Brantford, where he was born and raised. This is Trustee Petrella’s first term as Chair of the Board.

In his acceptance speech, Petrella stated that, “we will continue on our path of fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets, focus on student achievement and school improvement projects… our children are our future and every decision we make as a board will hold that principal at the core of it.”

Vice Chair Cliff Casey, a Norfolk resident, has dedicated over 40 years of service to Catholic education. He began his journey as a teacher and continues to demonstrate his commitment through his role as a long-standing Catholic School Board Trustee.

Over 55 administrators, managers, union presidents and staff were in attendance for a Celebration of the Eucharist presided by The Most Reverend Gerard Paul Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharines, assisted by Fr. Tim Hingston, pastor of St. Pius X parish in Brantford and Father Mario Fernandes, pastor of St. Patrick’s parish in Caledonia. Music ministry was provided by Allison Hayes, Michelle Nepp-Wirag, John Nicholson, Dale Petruka, Susie Picanco, Michael Pin, and Paul Tratnyek. Specialist High Skills Major/Accelerated OYAP Program students from Assumption College School, under the direction of Chef/teacher Jen Mercante, catered the reception that followed.

Photo cutline (left to right): Cliff Casey, Vice Chair of the Board; Rick Petrella, Chair of the Board

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For more information about the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board contact:
Tracey Austin, Manager of Communications and Community Relations, 519-756-6505 Ext. 234, 519-732-5282,