After 33 years under the Kenora Catholic District School Board, Ecole Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys Principal Carlos Silva is retiring.

Silva started as a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas back in 1982. He talks about what he's going to miss the most.

"I think I'm going to miss everyone including the staff, the students and the parents, but especially the students. I think I'm going to miss them the most because they were a huge part of my life," he said.

Silva became principal of SMB 15 years ago. He talks about what he's looking forward to in retirement.

"I'm looking forward to less stress, fishing, reading, golfing and some time for myself to keep healthy and fit. Of course a few other things that I have on my 'Honey do' list," he said.

Silva will also be missed by the school board. Here's Director of Education, Phyllis Eikre.

"There's big boots to fill there. We're really gonna miss Carlos. We wish him all the best but we're really going to miss seeing him everyday," she said.

During his 33 years, Silva participated and led several committees including Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario. In 2010 Silva was nominated by his peers for the Principal of the Year award under the CPCO. Silva has worked at St. Thomas Aquinas, SMB and Our Lady of the Valley.

Silva will finish out the school year before retiring in August. A replacement has not yet been chosen.

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