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Humans of ECSD

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Welcome to Humans of ECSD!

Humans of ECSD explores the personal experience of students and staff at Edmonton Catholic Schools. The launch of this annual project coincides with Catholic Education Week and provides an opportunity to articulate the unique blessing that is Catholic education. This digital story-telling campaign takes its cues from the Humans of New York project. 



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Isabelle is a Grade 12 student from Archbishop MacDonald Catholic High School. She is a born leader whose compassion and kindness towards others are always present. Isabelle is a member of the MAC Peer Support Team, MAC Social Justice Team, and the City of Edmonton’s Youth Council.  

What are the unique aspects of Catholic education that have helped you achieve success in your K-12 journey?

 The unique aspects of Catholic education that have helped me achieve success in my K-12 journey are resilience, the value of kindness, the power of community, and the importance of faith. In Catholic education, resilience is showcased through praying. When you feel overwhelmed, praying can give you that sense of strength and that God has your back. Kindness is also a big factor in Catholic education. Our religion focuses on showing love and kindness to one another. I wouldn’t be where I am right now without treating others the way I would like to be treated. Kindness also plays a role in shaping a community. Catholicism teaches the power of unity and how much stronger we are working as one. Lastly, is the importance of faith! Faith taught me to believe in something bigger than myself and believe that even if things might not be going my way, God has a better plan in store for me. Faith is the core foundation that Catholic education has taught me. This unique aspect built me into a confident and secure student. It is the major factor that helped me achieve success.

How do you think this will help you in the future?

It is without a doubt that Catholic education will impact me positively in the future! Resilience, kindness, community, and faith have easily become part of my values. Catholic education allowed me to discover who I am, my identity, and how to tie that with my beliefs. It allowed me to improve on my weaknesses and become the best possible version of myself. The values that I’ve acquired through my education permit me to not be afraid of the unexpected and to face my future with full confidence. They permit me to be comfortable with the uncertainties and to just have faith that with my hard work, my family and friends, and the heart of God, everything will fall in line.



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Azucena is a Grade 9 student at St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary/Junior High School and is a shining example of a dedicated, intelligent, and hardworking student leader. She volunteers her time for the school community and has managed numerous school-wide fundraising projects, including the Terry Fox Run, and a raffle for the Edmonton Catholic Schools Foundation.

What are the unique aspects of Catholic education that have helped you achieve success in your K-12 journey?

Unique aspects that I have noticed in my years at a Catholic school are how much support and comfort I can find in my school community. At St. Alphonsus, there are more than enough people or places I can go if I am ever struggling with anything. I am never alone, and I can always reach out for help. I feel that God is always present in the people around me and whenever I seek guidance.

How do you think this will help you in the future?

I believe Catholic education will help me in the future because I can apply the lessons I've learned in the workplaces and environments I will find myself in. I can guide others and be of support, and this will help me build strong and resilient relationships.



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Andrew is a Grade 12 student from St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School. He can light up any room with his winning smile, affectionate heart, and gregarious personality. Living with down syndrome has never created a ceiling for Andrew. It is part of what makes him extraordinary! Andrew unassumingly shares his zest for fun, love of life, and unbridled positivity with the entire school community.

What are the unique aspects of Catholic education that have helped you achieve success in your K-12 journey?

How my Catholic teachers have treated me has helped me be successful. I know that my teachers love and accept me for who I am. 

How do you think this will help you in the future?

Being loved and accepted as part of my Catholic school makes me feel that I can be successful in my community.



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Sadie is a Grade 9 student from Genesis Catholic Online Elementary/Junior High School and has demonstrated many leadership qualities both in school and in the community. In school, Sadie is an active participant in online discussions, encouraging her peers, and sharing her opinions about social justice and community change. Outside of school, Sadie is heavily involved in her church, where she teaches children Sunday School classes.

What are the unique aspects of Catholic education that have helped you achieve success in your K-12 journey? 

Faith is very important to me, and I've always looked at life through a spiritual lens. I feel so lucky that at Edmonton Catholic Schools I can talk to my peers, teachers, and administrators about faith.  

How do you think this will help you in the future?

The strong faith foundation I've gained at Edmonton Catholic Schools will follow me into adulthood. I know that over the years, especially when times get tough, I'll remember my teachers, and their encouragement will always stick with me. I know my faith connection will continue to grow stronger due to their example. 


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Rosh is a Grade 12 student from Austin O’Brien Catholic High School. He is kind, compassionate, hardworking, and always one of the first to volunteer or fill in when needed. Rosh is an international student who left his home, family, and friends two years ago to complete his studies in Edmonton

What are the unique aspects of Catholic education that have helped you achieve success in your K-12 journey?

Catholic education provides me with the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment where I am surrounded by faith. I am passionate about social justice, and I value that part of my high school education involves volunteering my time towards worthy causes both in and out of school.  

 How do you think this will help you in the future?

Catholic education prepares you for a world that extends beyond the classroom and will motivate me to continue to explore things that I love while strengthening my faith at the same time.   

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