Faith in Potential, Establishing Mother Teresa Middle School of Regina
“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action."
In 2007, Paul J. Hill, with the support of partners Harvard Developments Inc., The Regina Catholic School Board, Campion College, and English Canadian Jesuits began the journey of establishing The Mother Teresa Middle School of Regina. The motivation behind establishing the school was realized several years ago, when the opportunity arose for Paul and Carol Hill to travel to India alongside a group of CEO’s to visit Mother Teresa. During his voyage Paul recollects, “The entire group of executives and their wives found themselves to be continually captivated by Mother Teresa’s message.” “Near the end of the journey, the group was so moved by her words that we asked her how we could support her efforts.” As the team of executives opened their wallets to provide financial support, Mother Teresa exclaimed, “I don’t want your money. What I would like you to do is go back to your community, identify a need in that community and then give of yourself and your resources to fill this need.”
Several years later, during a business trip in Southern California, Paul came across the NativityMiguel Network of Schools. Established in 2006, the organization's mandate of guiding and strengthening the development of a growing network of schools across the United States designed to provide families struggling in impoverished neighborhoods with a high-quality school choice for their children inspired Mr. Hill to explore the potential of having such a school in Canada. The model, which focuses on providing a holistic approach to education, offers students an extended school day/year, and a positive environment to learn and grow.