iLITE 2013 – Blessed Mother Teresa (02.01.2013)

iLITE logo (update)

On March 1st, 2013, the Catholic Student Leadership department of the Toronto Catholic District School Board hosted it forth of 4 iLITE student leadership conferences at the beautiful Blessed Mother Teresa C.S.S.

BMT is our longest standing and always the biggest of all of our iLITE events: 567 students, from 21 schools, 36 teachers, 26 workshops, 768 juice boxes, and 1468 slices of pizza!

Everything we do is rooted in Christ and the word of God
Free the Children warms of the crowd by teaching everyone the We Day dance
This picture really shows you how BIG iLITE @ BMT is….when you add teachers, volunteers, workshop facilitators and guests, there’s over 600 people in attendance
Patrick Parro (St. Michael’s Choir) and Stefan Ntansah aka Twixx (Francis Libermann) are our official iLITE Masters of Ceremonies
Student leaders from St. Barbara with religion resource teachers Glynnis Bernardo Dawson and Michelle Peres lead us in morning prayer
Superintendent Geoff Grant provides some words of leadership
iLITE 2013 kleynote speaker Joel Hilchey from the Beanstalk Project
iLITE organizer Michael Consul says some inspiring words
You ever wonder what happens behind stage? (We play with mouse traps 🙂 )
Disa from beautifully captures the day’s key messages in pictures and words
After the opening ceremonies, we broke up into 28 different workshops including this one that all the teachers attended facilitated by Kevin Welbes Godin from OECTA – Safe and Inclusive Communities for LGBT Students
After the morning workshop, student leaders gather in the cafetorium for lunch
Thumbs up for the pizza!
iLITE BMT is full of rising stars!
The packed iLITE crowd anxiously awaits the beginning of the talent showcase
Former BMT graduate Randel Adjei from R.I.S.E. poetry starts off the talent showcase with some spoken word “Beautiful = Be U to the Fullest”
R&B singer Linda Luztono amazing the crowd with her beautiful voice
MC Testament (aka Matthew Jones) from P.E.A.C.E. hypes up the crowd with some hip hop
The crowd goes mad for Much Music’s Geek Freak’s dance crew
Mikey Mike from Positive Gear takes over and gets the whole crowd involved
All performers and high school volunteers jump on the stage as a crowd of student leaders follow their lead

After the talent show, all the student leaders attended one of 28 different workshops.

Jessica Colucci (Angel Foundation for Learning) facilitated the Leader’s Toolbox workshop
Student leaders from the Philippine Service Trip teach the value of teamwork

Each participating school created a presentation board highlighting all the awesome student leadership initiatives in their community

St. Columba
St. Martin de Porres
St. Ursula
St. Barbara
Epiphany of Our Lord
Cardinal Leger
St. Malachy
St. Bartholomew
St. Bede
St. Sylvester
Precious Blood
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St. Florence
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St. Maria Goretti
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What school are you? Write a comment below and let us know 🙂
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St. Thomas More
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St. Columba
Blessed-Mother-Teresa (resized)
Here’s some of the messages discussed at iLITE as captured by Disa from Dscribe

Check out Disa’s work @

Check out these 2 iLITE video created by Much Music’s Geek Freaks

Got any ideas (speakers, workshops, performers, etc.) for iLITE 2014 – leave a comment below or email

Thanks for coming to iLITE.

Follow Michael Consul @MikeCLeadership for some leadership wisdom and various opportunities to get involved.

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  1. Even though this one didn’t take place until Feb. 1st, it seems like there was still an incredible level of energy, I’m sure all who were involved slept the whole weekend following it. I hope and pray that you are not so busy now. Take care and have a well deserved amazing weekend! Peace and Hope, Steve De Quintal Teacher, Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton CSS, 1515 Bloor St. W.. Toronto, Ontario M6P-1A3. 416-393-5545 ext. 84293 “To Think, to pray and to serve.” “Service is the rent we pay for living.” – Marion Wright Eddelman *****You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response*****


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