October E-CSLIT Meeting


October 4th, 2018 – Elementary school students arrive at Quigley Hall at the CEC for the first ECSLIT meeting of the year.

The elementary division of CSLIT meets the first Thursday of every month to listen to guest speakers, learn to become better leaders, be exposed to various social justice issues, and have the opportunity to network with likeminded student leaders.


First on the agenda, CSLIT’s Faith Ambassador Gabriella Davies introduced the new pastoral plan, “Rooted in Christ: We Believe, We Belong, We Become.” The assembly then went over the pastoral prayer, and were encouraged to take this prayer back to their schools. You can learn more about the new pastoral plan here


To get the energy flowing, attendance was taken – CSLIT style. Students got into their school groups and prepared a short cheer to preform in front of the other schools. Being as loud and as proud about their school as possible.

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“Leadership has no age limit.” (Rory McGuckin – TCDSB Director of Education)

Next up – TCDSB Director, Rory McGuckin, welcomed the young leaders to the meeting, “Leaders start by defining reality and always end by say thank you. And in between, leaders live to serve others.”

Mr. McGuckin also shared his 4 keys of Leadership: Be nice to everyone, ask a lot of questions, give it your best, and be caring and compassionate.

“Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words”

After Rory McGuckin, Michael Consul took to the stage to share the quote of the month.

Michael talked about preaching the Gospel through ones actions and how people will follow your example more than they will follow your words.


Our guest speaker this month was Yasmeen Tonnos from BETR which is an acronym for 4 important components of leadership: Believe, Excel, Transform, Revitalize. The aim of BETR is to shape leaders today, so we can have a BETR tomorrow.

After a quick pizza break, each school was given a cup, 2 pipe cleaners, 3 straws, a strip of tape, and 1 sheet of chart paper. The goal was to create the tallest, free-standing, self supported tower. The tallest tower would win a box of donuts!

Congratulations St. Charles for winning the ECSLIT tower challenge.

Our Student Trustees, Joel Ndongmi and Taylor Dallin, also presented the students with the 7 pillars of focus as compiled by high school students from last year’s Voices that Challenge survey. ECSLIT students were given the opportunity to vote on which area of focus were the most important to them. In addition, each school was asked to provide 1 different area of focus not apart of this list that was important to their school.

Results will be compiled for the next ECSLIT meeting in November.

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E-CSLIT now has an instagram page @ecslit_tcdsb

If your school couldn’t make it to this months ECSLIT meeting, the next meeting will be on Thurs. November 1st, 2018, in Quigley Hall. Register to attend here (schools previously signed up don’t need to register).

Look forward to seeing you at our next ECSLIT meeting.

31 thoughts on “October E-CSLIT Meeting

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  1. ESCLIT is very fun!
    It teachers us leadership skills, we meet new leaders and see their perspective and we meet new friends.
    It makes me have more time to be with my friends,
    It is like school but more fun.
    We learn new things that we can take back to our school.
    Mike is so nice, we like the pizza.
    We can express our creativity through the challenges
    *** by the OUR LADY OF FATIMA ESCLIT team

  2. My school is a school of leadership! ECSLIT allows us to express our passion for leadership. These hoodies will allow us to express our passion even more. -Blessed Sacrament school

  3. Community and the ability to share with others is what brings us closer together. The hoodies will allow us to connect and have fun as a group. ECSLIT also allows our leadership team to grow closer together. -Blessed Sacrament

  4. I love to listen to the speakers, they are all so passionate about what they do!
    I hope that I can have that much passion about a issue or subject one day!

  5. E-CSLIT is my absolute favourite activity every month. I would not miss it for the world. I get to learn how be a better leader and I love that.
    Jessica Ricafort
    Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

  6. I am very excited to go to ECSLIT because I know that I will be able to learn and experience great things! I can’t wait to go back every month!🧡

  7. I hope to be able to get the younger kids in my school to participate in E-CSLIT. I tell them all about all the fun challenges that we do!
    Jessica Ricafort
    Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

  8. When i go to ECSLIT i can better my leaderahip skills while having fun with my free and making a difference🌏💖🌳🦋

  9. ECSLIT is an amazing experience! Every student deserves the chance to go. All the people there are so welcoming and are so warm hearted, which makes the ECSLIT experience 1000% better.

  10. I love the challenges! It helps me get even closer with my friends while learning about new leadership strategies! I look forward to the challenges every month!🦔💜✨

  11. Every time I leave the TCDSB, I leave more knowledge able about all the issues we talk about. One day I hope to become as inspiraring as all the amazing presenters we have at ECSLIT and I am so privaliged to have a team like ECSLIT.

  12. ECSLIT is such a happy and welcoming place, where everyone’s ideas are accepted and no one is judged. I hope that the ECSLIT team carries down to the future leaders of the world.

  13. I know that in the future i will have to use my leadership skills so I am greatfull that i have ECSLIT to futher develope them. I am excited that i get to futher develope them EVERY month. 🔥🧡💥

  14. I know that the future generation of leader will benefit from ECSLIT! I hope that i will be a great leader when i grow up!

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