Back to School: The history behind 5 York Region school names
1. St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School — Richmond Hill
St. Marguerite d’Youville was born in Quebec in 1701 and was the first native Canadian to become a saint. She faced a lot of hardships in life, yet she always helped the poor. She is credited with founding The Sisters of Charity of Montreal, or the Grey Nuns.
2. Donald Cousens Public School — Markham
Donald Cousens was well known in Markham and York Region before he died in 2017. He was a trustee and eventually chair of the York Region Board of Education. He was also a member of the Ontario legislature, mayor of Markham and sat on York Region council.