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Showcasing the history of one of Ontario’s largest school boards

This project involved creating the Layout and Design Standards for a 250-page full-colour book, published on the history of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board to mark its 40th Anniversary.

The book, which was commissioned by the Director of Education, is called Our Story. Our Tradition. Our Journey: Celebrating the Church-School Connection in Dufferin-Peel. The Design and Layout team consisted of Daniel Francavilla, Jennifer Paul and Peter Fujiwara. Edited by Krysia P. Lear, the project was lead by Shelagh Peterson, the board’s Coordinator of Religious Education & Faith Formation.

Consisting of hundreds of images both new and old, the book tells the story of how the school board came to be, including its many unique challenges and memorable triumphs, and featuring the stories individuals who fought for a better future in education.

The cover photo by Peter Fujiwara (featured in the layout above) is a representation of the board as a whole:

The glass is taken from our newest high school St. Michael’s in Bolton, while the image in the glass is of our oldest associated parish St. Patrick’s Church in Wildfield. The concept is that we strive to be current in all our education practices while our Catholic traditions and values are reflected in all we do. The more subtle representation of the cross illustrated in the lighting of the glass speaks to the mystery of the Holy Trinity and the pervasiveness of God’s presence which may be beyond our awareness.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest, fastest-growing and most diverse school boards in Ontario. It serves approximately 87,000 students in 145 schools and it is one of the largest employers in the region, with over 10,000 employees. This book included all properties of the board, which extends throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton, Caledon, Orangeville and Dufferin County.

The book, which has received excellent reviews and is going into an additional print run, will be distributed among schools and churches within the board’s boundaries and available in various archives and libraries.

More information is available in the book launch press release here.

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