May 31, 2017
Re: Update Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association
Theodore Court Case Appeal Fund Raising Campaign “Catholic Education Matters”
On April 28, 2017 the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association (SCSBA) announced that an appeal of the recent decision in the Theodore court case will be filed on behalf of Christ the Teacher School Division. The decision to appeal has been unanimously endorsed by all eight Catholic school boards in the province.
The legal team representing Christ the Teacher School Division in this case has carefully reviewed the trial judge’s lengthy decision, and believe that there are several strong grounds for appeal. The eight Catholic Boards who make up the SCSBA firmly believe that the SCSBA has an obligation to stand up for the constitutional rights of separate school divisions within this province.
The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association is pleased that on May 17, 2017 the Government of Saskatchewan announced it will also be appealing the Theodore Court case judgment. We believe that this decision strengthens the case to have the ruling overturned. We truly hope this, along with Premier Wall’s invoking the Notwithstanding clause, sets parents’ minds at ease as they consider their options for next year, and years to come. We look forward to continuing to provide a high quality Catholic education to those who desire a Catholic faith based education in our province.
In an effort to ensure that money for this legal challenge will not impact our students in the classroom the SCSBA is embarking on a major fund raising campaign. We are anticipating approximately $250,000.00 in legal expenses to appeal this unfortunate judgment, which will most likely be decided at the Supreme Court of Canada.
In partnership with Christ the Teacher RCSSD No.212 and the SCSBA, the Prince Albert Catholic School Division is asking for your financial support to address the legal matter that ultimately strives to ensure that all parents who desire a faith-based education for their children will continue to have the opportunity to access Catholic Education into the future. All donations are eligible for an official receipt for income tax purposes.
To contribute to this campaign, the following options are available:
1. Go to the SCSBA Theodore Court Case Appeal Fund Raising Campaign “Catholic Education Matters” website for more information and donate online at https://www.catholicedspirit.ca.
2. Contact Cal Martin, our Chief Financial Officer at our Prince Albert Catholic School Board office at (306)953-7500 to make arrangements for a donation by cheque.
3. Go to our Prince Albert Catholic School Division website to donate online at http://pacsd.ca.
On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for your consideration to this matter and please be assured every donation is appreciated.