This Is Leadership – EP17: Sandra Donahue

In this episode, I connect with Sandra Donahue, President of the Catholic Principal’s Council of Ontario (CPCO). Sandra explains how important it is for principals to be solid in relationship building and well-grounded when it comes to teaching and learning. She talks about how infusing her passions into her role as a leader has served her very well throughout the years. Sandra and I discuss how school leaders need to build a collective vision with everyone, including students, and the positive impact that we can all have by being the spark that lights others up.

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Sandra began her career with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB as a junior kindergarten teacher at St. Gertrude. She went on to teach all grades including special education classes and ESL at St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Metropolitan Andrei and St. Barbara. Her passion for special education continued as she served as a Special Education Consultant for 4 years dealing with the entries and exits of all students with diverse learning needs for both panels.This experience led her next to Father Daniel Zanon where she served as Vice-Principal. Sandra was appointed Principal of St. Veronica, followed by St. Francis of Assisi and finally at St. Margaret of Scotland.

Her love of teaching led her to be an instructor for the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario Principal Qualification Program where she mentored future Catholic leaders. Sandra was a very active member of her local Association, serving on her executive, President, President-Elect and Past President more than once. She was instrumental in organizing and facilitating conferences for the administrators of the board and providing professional development most recently on a system level in the co-creation of the Equity Cafe. Her passion for her work in equity, students to have voice, choice and to feel that sense of belonging and being represented is at the heart of her work in her schools and while serving her communities.

Sandra currently serves as CPCO’s 25th President where she is committed to our motto, Serve, Advocate and Lead.


Website: Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario

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