Candidate: Serena Shaw

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Running for: St. Albert Catholic School Trustee
Running in ward: Ward 1 St. Albert
Community of residence (years): St. Albert (30 years)
Age: 46
Family status: Married with 2 children
Education: NAIT dental assistant program
Current Occupation: Music and World Youth Day Coordinator at St. Albert Parish
Email: seshaw@shaw.ca
FaceBook: Serena Shaw
Twitter: www.twitter.com/seshaw38

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I believe in inclusion and success for every student while they experience growth through the opportunity of publicly-funded Catholic education. I want to be part of the continued success and improvement of Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. We have amazing results on the Government of Alberta Accountability Pillar, however we must be vigilant in helping all of our students to continue to do well. We can’t become complacent with the level of achievement. We must continue to challenge ourselves in understanding the definition of success.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office??
I have been a student, parent, employee and trustee with GSACRD. I believe that these experiences all play a part in how I view our district. I have been a trustee for the last four years and so I have an understanding of what governance is, and the unique role we have as Catholic trustees. I volunteered for many years as a parent on a number of school councils. I have also served with the City of St. Albert on Community Services Advisory Board as well as St. Albert Strategy and Mobilization Committee.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Mental health is a topic that must remain in the forefront. Inclusive education, meaning education for all, needs to continue to be a focus. I think maintaining local autonomy will continue to be an important topic. We must be allowed as local boards to make decisions that work best for our communities. We see the office of the school board trustee being questioned across the country, so we will need to make sure that we continue to be the voice for our communities when it comes to education.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
I will continue to foster home/school/parish relationships. I will want to make sure that our new schools and modernizations are completed as quickly as possible. We must continue to engage our communities to make sure programming is what is best for our students. I would like to see efficiencies in transportation, possibly by exploring public transit for our older students. I want to support staff as they deliver education and support students in the ever evolving world of education as we see more and more diversity in our communities.

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