Kenora Catholic Announces Principal Transfers

Kenora Catholic Announces Principal Transfers
Posted on 06/30/2020
Media ReleaseThe Kenora Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce Principal transfers for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

Victoria Swejda, Principal at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, has accepted a new Principalship at St. Francis Catholic Elementary School. Nicole Kurtz, Principal of École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys, has accepted a transfer into the Principal position at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and Hilary Aitken, Vice Principal at École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys has accepted a transfer into the Principal position at École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys.

“We are very happy for Victoria Swejda as she embarks on the next stage of her vocation as an exemplary Catholic educator and leader with the Nipissing Parry Sound Catholic District School Board,” says Derek Haime, Director of Education. “Victoria will be missed at Kenora Catholic and especially at St. Thomas Aquinas High School by staff and students. We are grateful that we have been able to benefit from her leadership for so many years. We know that we are called to share the excellent people that we come into contact within our lives. On this note, Principal Nicole Kurtz is an exemplary and modest Catholic educator and leader. Prior to her nine years of service at École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys, she was head of guidance at St. Thomas Aquinas High School; she is well known and respected in that school community. Her faith, intelligence, wisdom, and sense of humour will serve her well as she begins her role in maintaining and enhancing the excellence that is already evident at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. And finally, Hilary was a natural fit to move into the Principal position at École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys. She has a great passion for teaching and learning in both of her official languages and has an incredible vision for bringing the French language and culture to greater prominence in Northwestern Ontario and within the Kenora Catholic District School Board.”

The Principal transfers will be effective, September 2020 at the start of the new school year. Kenora Catholic will begin a recruitment process for a Vice Principal at École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys.

Victoria Swejda Victoria Swejda:
“I will always cherish the years I have spent with the Kenora Catholic District School Board. I have been fortunate to serve in an array of positions with the Board – a teacher of many grades from Kindergarten to Grade 12, a guidance counsellor, secondary vice principal and elementary and secondary principal – which has allowed me to establish valued relationships and work collaboratively in our common goal to best meet the students’ needs and to uphold Kenora Catholic’s reputation as a Board that provides excellence in faith-based education by caring educators. Although it will be difficult to leave, I am looking forward to a new opportunity with another dynamic Catholic Board that has the added perk of being close to my family. Thank you for your kindness, support and comradery over the years. I will miss the staff and the students I have worked with, but I am excited to begin the next chapter of my story as I anticipate that where I am going will be as pleasing as what I am leaving and I am filled with hope for all of us as we move into the future.”

Nicole KurtzNicole Kurtz:
“I am excited to join the St. Thomas Aquinas High School team and accept this transfer knowing that I am joining two wonderful and highly skilled administrators, Kylie Hughes and Travis Batters, whom I have formed great relationships with over the years. I know that Victoria Swejda has done an incredible job leading the school for the past two years, which will make my transition easier. Because I worked at St. Thomas Aquinas High School for many years as a teacher, and guidance counsellor, I already have relationships with many of the faculty, and I am looking forward to working with them again. I am also a proud graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and I’m honoured to become an administrator. In many ways, this change feels like coming home to a school community that is near and dear to my heart. Although it is hard to leave École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys, I know I’m leaving the school in the hands of Hilary Aitken, who will be an amazing principal.”


Hilary Aitken
Hilary Aitken:

“It has been an amazing experience working along-side Nicole Kurtz, and I have learned so much from her to prepare me for this role. I love that École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys is a big family whose motto is to lift each other up to be the best versions of ourselves. All of the staff exemplify this and model this daily to our students -what it means to be God’s light and leaders in the world. I feel incredibly blessed and honoured to work on such a great team and to have the opportunity to strive to live out our motto every day."






The Kenora Catholic District School Board provides a values-based Catholic education that prioritizes spirituality, community and caring as core parts of its educational program. Dedicated to excellence in Catholic education, Kenora Catholic oversees educational opportunities in three elementary schools and one secondary school in Kenora, Ontario and one elementary school in nearby Red Lake, Ontario, serving 1,450 students and 240 permanent staff members. Discover why families are choosing Kenora Catholic at MyKenoraCatholic.ca.

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