Participants: Mary; Catholic; Arts; Religion; Community
Mary: I started seeing her natural artistic uh, abilities and uh, um, you know, there’s, I’ve taught here for quite a while and there’s kind of a kid, if you, you could kind of type-cast the kind of kid that seems to really thrive here. And more and more I saw Claire with those kinds of characteristics; very social um, really interested in, in all of the arts, um, engaged with school. Um, and I know um, having being in this community for so long, that’s what we have here. It’s a fabulous place, artistically, academically, socially. Um and then, you know, we kind of talked about it and we thought okay we’ll give it a try. Let’s see how it goes.
Tara: It’s very interesting because yes of course this school is an arts academy, but it’s an arts academy within the Toronto District Catholic School Board.
Mary: That’s correct.
Tara: And um, there are a lot of folks who would um, perhaps raise some concerns about uh, enrolling their kid from an LGBTQ family in a Catholic School.
Tara: But um, that didn’t seem to be an issue for you.
Mary: Oh it, it was. Well we took, we had to talk about it!
Mary: We had some concerns in her elementary school as well. As new parents, you never know what to expect. And uh, you know, there was a very very high Muslim population in her, uh her elementary school.
Mary: And we wondered if there would be um, some division. We watched the kids uh navigate that beautifully, work it all out. Um, there were just no issues at all. And um, I guess we may be naive, but we’re, we’re trusting that uh, there are good people everywhere. And uh, many many good people in this board and in this school. And I’ve been a member of this community for a long time, and um, we just thought this would be a good fit, and it would be a good education for, for Claire. And um, so far it’s been fabulous!