Budding trees and flowers, birds chirping, newborn babies, and other small creatures welcoming a world filled with obstacles; these are all symbols of hope.


When a lighthouse light shines, reminding you to keep going on your journey or guiding you to shore for safety, that light is a Beacon of Hope.  The Beacon of Hope Award was established in 2015 by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for all students attending our Secondary Schools, including St. Louis. A suitable recipient will represent integrity, hard work, consistent efforts, Catholic values, and may not get recognized with the traditional academic / athletic / student spirit awards.


There are few things about St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres that make us “traditional”, and that is likely because we have  over 13, 000 students attending our schools’ campuses and satellite locations, representing all ages, faiths, backgrounds and walks of life.  What makes St. Louis students diverse and unique is also what binds St. Louis to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, the Beacon of Hope Award and its intentions. Because of this uniqueness, the Beacon of Hope Award ceremony is so meaningful to our school community.


On Thursday, April 18, 2019, we have honoured 3 recipients who embody the quiet resilience of the human spirit, optimism and compassion toward others, and the deep meaning that by shedding light, they hold onto hope for a better life and bring inspiration to others. Their powerful stories of struggle and perseverance were shared and this incredible honour was bestowed on them by Loretta Notten, Director of Education and Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.


Let us celebrate St. Louis’ 2019 Beacon Of Hope recipients:

Asmaa Ghazi Jameel

Mohamed Amin Bin Nurul 

Allan Martin


Every year that we celebrate the Beacon of Hope Award ceremony together, we walk away reflecting on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s vision of being at the at the Heart of the Community, bringing Success for Each, and a Place for All. Staff and students at St. Louis strive to model this vision and our own school motto: Hope, Opportunity and Success for All! — a perfectly blended picture of who we are as an organization, within the whole.


An extra special thanks goes to our Chef teacher and St. Louis Culinary students for making this breakfast ceremony so special.