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Patricia Parisi completed her undergraduate degrees in history, economics and education at York University, and her Masters of Social Sciences at Syracuse University. At the University of Connecticut she earned a Sixth Year Degree as an Educational Specialist (Gifted and Talented).
In her long association with Canadian independent schools, Pat taught social science for 14 years at Havergal College in Toronto, where she was head of department. She then accepted a position as an administrator with the North York Board of Education and was with that public school board for five years.
Pat then became principal of St. Clement’s School in Toronto in 1995, an independent day school for girls from grades 1 to 12. She was instrumental in making St. Clement’s School Canada’s largest advanced placement school with only 180 girls in its high school division. Additionally, she brought the school into the Round Square Program (a service program based on the Kurt Hahn model of school learning and public service) and established a comprehensive student leadership training model for both her own school and the student leadership cadre of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools. Her key focus on student health and wellness led Pat to establish The Linkwell Centre at St Clement’s School; a health and wellness centre of enrichment and support. Additionally she was one of the three original founders of the CAIS Leadership Institute for Administrators
In 2010, Pat retired from St. Clement’s School. In the spring terms of both 2013 and 2014, Pat was the acting Headmaster for Northmount School for Boys and established the Castle Centre, a parallel health and wellness centre of enrichment and support for elementary school boys. Currently, she is a consultant to St. Michael’s Choir School.
Pat is the author of many journal articles, two textbooks, and the previous set of Ontario provincial History and Contemporary Studies Guidelines. Pat was awarded a Global Citizenship Award from the United Nations for her work on global education. She has given workshops on administration, Advanced Placement, e-learning, and board governance.
She is a former member of the Board of Governors and Past Chair of the Standards Committee of the Canadian Educational Standards Institute; past Chair of the Coalition of Single-Sex School of Toronto; a Past President of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools; past Chair of the Canadian Girls’ Schools Association; and a former member of the board of governors of Royal St. George’s College, St. Michael’s College School and St. Michael’s Choir School. Pat was the founding President of the Madonna Girls’ School Alumnae Association, her alma mater.
Currently, Pat sits as a member of the board of the Electronic Learning Consortium of Canada and the Advisory Board for Kids Now Mentoring Program, a Canadian NGO that finds scholarships at universities for young women in war-torn developing world countries.