Whitehorse’s Catholic secondary school renamed

The Government of Yukon and the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Secondary School Council are pleased to announce “St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Secondary School” as the new name of the school previously known as Vanier Catholic Secondary School.

The school council, staff, student body, Diocese of Whitehorse and school community supported changing the school’s name and picked this name after accepting suggestions from students and families.

The name “St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Secondary School” was chosen because it encompasses the mission and values of the school community. The new name embodies the school’s focus on the Catholic faith, respect for the land, animals, natural resources, and social, economic and environmental justice. 

Yukon schools should reflect the needs and values of the communities they serve. I want to thank the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Secondary School community for working together to find a name that fits their values as a school community. This new name will help instill strong connections for students and teachers to their faith and the Yukon’s natural and unique environment.

Minister of Education Jeanie McLean

We are pleased that with the approval of this name we can start a new chapter in our school's journey. The selection of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Secondary School embodies the values, ethics and culture of our Catholic school for every member of our community. It is a name that we can all be proud of as together we continue to build a place of academic excellence, social justice, environmental awareness and faith development for our students.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Secondary School Council  

Francis of Assisi gave up a life of prosperity, social standing, and self-interest, and instead found happiness in poverty, serving his neighbour, and devoting himself to God. It is my hope that students will be inspired by this humble young man. 

Roman Catholic Diocese of Whitehorse Bishop Hector Vila

Quick facts 
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Secondary School is located at 16 Duke Street, Whitehorse.

Contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca

 

Michael Edwards
Communications, Education
867-332-1364
Michael.Edwards@yukon.ca

 

News release #: 
22-206