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42 years of Early Childhood Education


In 1968, as part of the centennial celebrations of CND in Summerside, the Congregration offered an Early Childhood Education Program to children of St. Paul's Parish. It was known as Headstart. Later, it was opened to the general public when space became available.

The first class accepted about 100 children with Sister Marie F. Arsenault as supervisor. She was accompanied by three other sisters. In 1973 a group of parents, who supported the program, formed a committee to raise money and hire lay people. Sister Marie continued to act as supervisor until the mid eighties. Other sisters who worked in the program over the years included Sisters Lorraine MacKinnon, Jennie Patterson, Paula Maher, Helen Carroll and Sally MacPherson. The Program operated as a not for profit program for 42 years.

On July 25, 2010 a celebration was held at St. Paul's Parish Centre to honor those who taught over the years and to thank parents and others for their support. Sisters Marie F. Arsenault and Sally MacPherson attended this event. A sketch, by Maurice Bernard, a well known portrait artist here in Summerside, of Sr. Marie and Marion Stordy, the first lay person on staff, now hangs in the foyer of St. Paul's Parish Centre.

This is another "Good News Story" of the great contribution CND's have made to education.


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