Barrie students recognized during Catholic Education Week include Victoria Pickett, Cait Patrick and Lise Ravalli

A baking duo, a jazz musician, an improv comedian, a Canadian women’s soccer player, an ordained priest and a para-Olympician are among this year’s recipients of Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District’s Outstanding Graduate Program School Board.

This program, now in its 10th year, delves into the lives of extraordinary people. One graduate from each of the board’s nine Catholic secondary schools is recognized during Catholic Education Week.

This year’s winners are:

Victoria Pickett – St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School (Barry)
Women’s soccer in Canada commands international respect and Victoria Pickett has certainly made an impact as one of its stars. She has participated in three FIFA World Cup championships and the PANAM Games.

Eileen David – St. Therese Catholic Secondary School (Midland)
As a woman in the skilled trades, Eileen David forged her own path as a successful entrepreneur. Her business Paint Like A Girl is causing a stir in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.

Matthew Rait – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School (Tottenham)
Matthew Rait is a talented jazz musician who uses his talent and knowledge not only to perform, but also to teach and research his art. He feels honored to have played with some of the most notable jazz musicians.

Wilfred Lee – Patrick Fogarty Catholic High School (Orillia)
Improv comedy isn’t an easy gig, but it’s something Wilfred Lee is passionate about. As part of the Second City Improv Theater Troupe, he honed his artistry and even branched out into acting and music production.

Elyse O’Brien – Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School (Bradford West Gwillimbury)
Captain Elyse O’Brien has established an impressive military career as an air combat manager. As Senior Director, she is responsible for the weapons section that provides air defense in the NORAD region of Alaska.

Adam Frederick – St. Dominic’s Catholic High School (Bracebridge)
In his role as General Manager and Director of Golf at the South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club, former professional golfer Adam is thrilled to share his talent and love of the game. He credits his Catholic upbringing with much of his confidence to pursue her goals.

Father Christopher Huynh – St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School (Barry)
Father Christopher Huynh knew a new way of life was calling to him and was ordained a priest on November 6, 2021. He devotedly serves those in need in Toronto, living his Catholic values ​​in every way.

Michaela Gosslin – Our Lady of the Bay Catholic High School (Collingwood, ON)
Talented student and athlete Michaela Gosselin didn’t let a cancer diagnosis stop her from succeeding. She has just represented our country in four events at the Beijing Olympics as a para-athlete skier.

Cait Patrick & Lise Ravalli (Garden) – St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School (Barrie, ON)
From high school best friends to successful entrepreneurs, Cait Patrick and Lise Ravalli (Garden) continue to share their love of artisan baking with residents of Barrie and beyond at their popular downtown bakery.

“It’s always exciting to recognize the achievements of some of our most outstanding graduates through this program,” said Frances Bagley, Director of Education. “Over the past 10 years we have shared so many inspiring stories and this year is no exception. Our graduates remind us that God has plans for everyone – with faith, determination and hard work, everything is possible.

To learn more about this year’s outstanding graduates or to nominate a graduate for next year, please visit