December 9, 2013

Sudbury - During its inaugural December 6, 2013 board meeting, Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO) school trustees elected Mr. André Bidal as President for the 2013-2014 school year. Mr. Paul Demers will assume the vice-presidency for the same term.

"I take great pride in being selected to represent the CSCNO. I recognize the outstanding work accomplished by my predecessor Marcel Montpellier who served as board president for no less than 11 years," stated Mr. André Bidal, CSCNO President. "Our vision statement,

French Catholic students, proud and ready to take their place in society (Des élèves fiers d’être catholiques et francophones prêts à prendre leur place dans la société), clearly expresses our mandate and reminds us of the added value provided by a French language Catholic education. Convinced of the quality of education we provide to our students and its importance in the lives of our families, I am greatly motivated to pursue the work that has already been accomplished. I am especially proud to be able to work with a team that takes the success of each and every student to heart."

The CSCNO board will continue to benefit from the experience of the following school trustees, who continue to serve in the same capacity:

André Bidal (Wards 7 to 12, Greater Sudbury); Georges Boudreau (Wards 5 and 6, Greater Sudbury); Garry Bruneau (Chapleau, Michipicoten and White River); Normand Courtemanche (Wards 7 to 12, Greater Sudbury); Lila C. Cyr (Espanola and North Shore); Anne Dechaine (St-Charles, Markstay-Warren and French River); Paul J. Demers (Wards 1 to 4, Greater Sudbury); Marc Larochelle (Wards 7 to 12, Greater Sudbury); Roger Lemoyne (Dubreuilville and Hornepayne); Marcel Montpellier (Wards 1 to 4, Greater Sudbury); Jean-Yves Robert (Wards 5 and 6, Greater Sudbury); and Suzanne Salituri (Sault Ste. Marie).

For her part, Mrs. Lyse-Anne Papineau, Director of Education at the CSCNO, is confident that the Conseil will benefit from the leadership, commitment and expertise of André Bidal and Paul Demers. "These two leaders distinguish themselves through their outstanding work and passion for Francophone Catholic education. They will be steadfast in representing the interests of our Catholic taxpayers at both the local and provincial levels."

The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario offers a French Catholic Educational Program that is widely recognized for its excellence. The CSCNO provides a quality academic program that runs from early childhood to adult education, with some 7,000 students in 27 elementary and 10 secondary schools.


Paul de la Riva
Communications and Community Development Coordinator
Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
(705) 673-5626, ext. 294
(705) 677-8195 – cell phone