Sister Maria became the music supervisor for Hamilton’s separate schools and taught music for 23 years to children in 25 elementary schools. She has also run a weekly drop-in centre for seniors at Hamilton’s Sons of Italy Hall. She lead the YWCA Fun Choir for seniors, plays the organ every day at mass and sits on the board of the Boris Brott Summer Music Festival.
In 1988, she received the Ontario Senior Achievement Award for “outstanding contributions of individual senior citizens to their communities and the quality of life in Ontario”.
In 1995, as the oldest living graduate, she was chosen to do the “kick off” of the football game initiating the new Cathedral High School.
Her secret? “Be interested in what you’re doing in your life”.