As a mother of four, Patricia Mardero understands the importance of leadership in the education system. Patricia began her career teaching in Renfrew County, but eventually returned home to Sudbury to teach for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. In 2004, Patricia became the first female principal for St. Charles College, the largest secondary school in Greater Sudbury.
Throughout her years at St. Charles College, Patricia has implemented numerous initiatives to give back to the community. She introduced the Open Doors program- an alternative education program to meet the needs of disengaged at-risk youth, primarily focused on keeping students in school. She worked with community agencies and staff to bring a full breakfast program at the school, where bins of food are delivered to every class, every day. The creation of the SCC Canned Food Drive has collected over 1,300,000 cans to date, and hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Sudbury Food Bank. The annual Relay for Life event has also raised thousands of dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Northeastern Ontario Cancer Foundation. These programs amongst others are truly thriving under her leadership.
In 2015, Patricia was the recipient of the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario –Principal of the Year Award. Under Patricia’s leadership, she has lead initiatives to create clubs, councils, teams and groups in the school geared towards female empowerment at the former all-boys school. Patricia is a true leader who exemplifies positivity, balance and support.
“Patricia is a resilient leader, who always puts first the well-being of students and looks to serve the common interested of the school, board and community, when making a decision”
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