Candidate: Joe Becignuel

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Running for: St. Albert Catholic school trustee
Running in: St. Albert
Community of Residence (years): St. Albert (23 years)
Age: 61
Family status: Married
Education: Bachelor of Commerce
Current Occupation: Executive director St. Albert CIVC
Email: joeb1@shaw.ca
Phone: 780-460-8710

 

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I believe we must work collaboratively with the ministry of education to ensure long-term, sustainable government funding remains in place for Catholic education.
As the ministry of education conducts a curriculum review over the next several years, it is crucial that the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Division is well represented in any changes to the new curriculum. It is imperative that the ministry recognize the necessary changes, particularly around advances in technology, to properly prepare all students for the future.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office??
I believe my last 15 years of government relations experience makes me the ideal candidate to position the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Division as a leader in education. I have served on numerous boards, including the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce, chair in 2009; the Northern Alberta Business Incubator, chair from 2014 to 2017; and St. Albert Minor Hockey, as board secretary from 2013 to 2017 and referee in chief from 2009 to the present.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Sustainable funding for Catholic education combined with a strong partnerships with our parish communities. The board of trustees must ensure that the resources entrusted to them are aligned with the strategic goals of the division and that the dollars are allocated to classrooms.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
We have two new schools to open over the next 18 to 24 months, one in St. Albert and one in Morinville. I want to ensure successful launches of both new schools, so vital to both communities.
I will be monitoring the effectiveness of our current programs, both academic and extra-curricular, to ensure they are current, are meeting the needs of our students and staff and that they are fiscally sound.

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