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Turning Points in the History of AFOCSC
The Past

On January 1, 1998, after lengthy political, legal, and constitutional efforts, the Ontario government gave the Franco-Ontarian community the power to manage its elementary and secondary schools.  The province’s francophones have become full-fledged stakeholders in the education system through new district school boards.

The community manages its education facilities, the accompanying financial and material resources, and the future of its student population. Since governance was granted, the new French-language school boards have worked to improve the education system and its students’ success.

To support them in carrying out this new responsibility, the Catholic school boards established AFOCSC.

Still today, AFOCSC ensures that this responsibility which was legally and exclusively conferred to the Franco-Ontarian community is met and maintained by participating in every aspect of management be it through setting up advisory committees, drafting legislation or participating in the review of financial formulas. Collectively, the goal of AFOCSC is to express the needs of the Franco-Ontarian community and to attest to the success of its mandate to those who have decision-making power including the leaders of our political institutions.

The Importance of Strategic Planning
The Present

To know where we are going, it is important to know where we have been.  It is essential that we glimpse into the past to understand the present landscape. This allows us to not only identify lessons learned but also to identify our strengths and confirm the gains we have made. Such an analysis can serve as a guide as we develop new visions and new strategies.
It invites us to look at how the team evolved, at how the community organised and how past events and factors contributed to the current situation.
This exercise helps pinpoint our organizational capacity and identifies our overall skill and knowledge sets, acquired through time; these are the main strategic assets of any organization.
The results are an important source of data and a reference for understanding the evolution and growth of an organization. Both intuitive and rational methods serve in gathering information from all available sources and in analysing facts and data as we research and evaluate our present standing in today’s landscape. This research helps determine how we will choose to position ourselves, favourably or strategically, in that landscape to achieve our common vision.
It is in this spirit that the Board of Directors of the AFOCSC prepared for its strategic planning meeting which took place in Ottawa on Jan 11-12, 2008.  They met after gathering data from key players in the advancement of the AFOCSC namely its members including education directorates, student trustees and partners. This data served to assess the level of satisfaction within the organization and to obtain leads and recommendations to help shape a new strategic plan. This was also an opportunity to gather pertinent data on the current state of catholicity, student performance and target client populations to facilitate clear decision-making regarding strategies to adopt over the next five years.

French-language Catholic education comes from the heart
The Future

The strategic reflection session that took place on January 11-12 identified AFOCSC as an important link in the wonderful chain of life.  Just like the artist who, from the bottom of his soul, creates an inspired painting from a beautiful landscape, the prime directives and strategic orientation for the period 2008-2013, took shape.
It is in the spirit of celebration of the added value of a French-language Catholic education that AFOCSC prepares for the future. The Association sees itself as an essential link, a bridge between the Church and school, between school and family and between family and community. In this way, AFOCSC will continue to actively participate and promote the growth of the French-language Catholic education system in all of its political and community undertakings.
If Catholic education comes from the heart, it is the student who is at the heart of AFOCSC.  Academic success, building identity and instilling pride in our francophone students are all elements that will continue to guide AFOCSC’s strategic interventions over the coming years.  In AFOCSC’s view, culture and religion are one in building student identity.
AFOCSC recognises that working together within a francophone minority environment is essential to attain the required resources and capital assets for its development and to ensure the vitality of French-language educational institutions in Ontario. AFOCSC will continue to strengthen its ties with partners who seek to promote the success of all students.
AFOCSC is at the service of its members. Over the next years, AFOCSC will seek to reinforce ties and increase communication, shared data and best practices. AFOCSC will continue to build its capacity to better meet the needs of its prime clientele namely, Ontario’s French-language Catholic school trustees.
And, to ensure its own growth as an educational organization, AFOCSC will use effective strategies to become more efficient and effective in all of its undertakings.