Crawford to retire in fall

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Deb Crawford

After 38 years as a Catholic educator, Director of Education Deb Crawford has announced her intention to retire, effective at the end of September.

“My decision to retire was not taken lightly, but I think the time is right,” Crawford said in a media release. “I believe St. Clair Catholic is well positioned for the future and I look forward to devoting more time to my family and pursuing interests that I have not had time to enjoy fully.”

In a letter to staff, Crawford thanked all of the men and women who work every day to support the mission of Catholic education and the schools, students and families of St. Clair Catholic.

“I am so proud of our teaching and support staff, our principals and vice principals and our senior administration,” she says. “I am blessed to work alongside and lead a dynamic team of forward-thinking, faith-filled professionals, who inspire me every day with their wisdom, compassion, kindness and grace, and their dedicated service to our students and staff.”

Crawford began her career as a Catholic teacher with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board in 1983. She came to St. Clair Catholic in 2001, and worked her way up the ranks, becoming a vice-principal in 2004, a principal in 2007, superintendent of education in 2008 and director of education in 2017.

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