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St. Michael’s College School appoints new Principal

April 21, 2022
Pat Daly, New Principal at SMCS

St. Michael’s College School and the Basilian Fathers are proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Pat Daly as the school’s 31st principal in its 169-year history.

Daly will assume the leadership role effective August 2022 after spending the last four years as Director of Education for the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB).

“On behalf of St. Michael’s College School and the Basilian Fathers, we are excited to welcome our newest principal, Mr. Pat Daly to our community,” says Fr. Andrew Leung, CSB, President. “Mr. Daly brings a well-respected and collaborative approach to Catholic education along with a wealth of experience implementing equity, diversity, and inclusion programming.”

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University, and a Master of Education from Brock University.

Daly’s 33 years of experience as a Catholic educator is highlighted by a variety of progressive leadership roles and responsibilities. He spent the first 25 years of his career with HCDSB as a high school teacher, department head, vice principal, and founding principal of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School.

Since 2015, Daly has held the positions of Superintendent of Education with the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, followed by his tenure as Director of Education for HCDSB. Under his leadership, he led a senior administrative team with responsibilities in: school operations, human resources, facility management services, business services, special education, student success, continuing education, curriculum services, Strategic Communications, Human Rights and Equity, Research Services, and faith formation.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the St. Michael’s College School community and become part of a 169-year history and tradition of excellence,” says Daly. “I am eager to meet students and families and excited to work alongside and learn from the skilled and dedicated Administrative Team, faculty, and staff.”

While serving as Director of Education, Daly’s role focused on Catholic and cultural leadership with an emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion programming and training.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with all partners as we build upon the strong foundation that is at the core of St. Michael’s success by nurturing a learning environment that is guided by our Gospel values, where all students have the opportunity to Be, Belong, Become.”