Holy Cross Vice-Principal Corey Gardi is the recipient of the Principal of the Year Award from the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario(CPCO). Mr. Gardi was recognized for his outstanding school and leadership, involvement in education and administration, professional contributions to the CPCO and for his community involvement as a civic leader.
About Corey Gardi
Mr. Corey Gardi is a graduate of both Laurentian and Lakehead Universities. He has been a dedicated teacher and administrator for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board since 2001.
Throughout his career, Corey taught a variety of grades from the Junior Division through to the Secondary level, and has also served as a Learning Resource Teacher for the Board. For the last several years, he has been a Vice-Principal at a number of elementary schools in Sault Ste. Marie, and is currently the Vice-Principal of Holy Cross Catholic School.
Corey has involved himself in numerous leadership roles, both locally and provincially. He has been a proud and active member of CPCO Huron-Superior, serving on the Executive for the last seven years. Mr. Gardi has proven to be an extremely effective and passionate advocate for his peers. Corey currently holds the position of Vice President, and is also a member of the local negotiating team. At the Provincial level he has attended several General Assemblies, and was a member of the Political Advocacy Committee as well.
As an educator and administrator, Corey’s main focus and priority has always been the children in his schools. Always questioning what else could and should be done; Corey reached out to the community of Sault Ste. Marie to complement his mission. He has been a volunteer with a number of local organizations in Sault Ste. Marie, including the Habitat for Humanity Program, the Read Adult Literacy Program and the Canadian Cancer Society.
In 2018, Corey decided to participate in the Municipal Election to further serve his community in a different forum. Victory was his and Corey was elected as a City Councilor in Sault Ste. Marie. Through this position he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sault Ste. Marie and Area Conservation Authority, and is a member of the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities Committee, as well as the community’s Emergency Management Program Committee. Corey truly believes his involvement in these capacities will provide him with new perspectives and ways to improve our schools and educate our children.
“I am greatly honoured to receive this CPCO award. It is rather humbling to be recognized for work that has been and continues to be so meaningful to myself. Our profession is a vocation that I entered with the intention of positively impacting the students I teach, and impress upon them the importance of Faith. I sincerely thank all of my supervisors, colleagues, and students that have contributed to my growth and development as a teacher and administrator. I will continue to be of service to my peers, and most importantly, to my students,” said Gardi.