Running for: St. Albert Catholic School Trustee
Running in ward: Legal
Community of residence (years): 50 years
Age: 52
Family status: Married, three adult sons
Education: High school
Current Occupation: Family literacy coordinator at Sturgeon Adult Learning
Phone: 780-961-4180

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I believe schools are the hub of our communities and that all children have equal access to a great education. I want to continue our work in meeting the needs of all students academically, spiritually and socially. Being a trustee representing the Legal ward, I want to ensure small schools within our district stay strong viable schools within their communities. I want to continue to help guide GSACRD as one of the top performing school boards in the province and to promote and protect Catholic education.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office??
I believe my last 21 years of being a school board trustee has gained me invaluable knowledge of the education system, and the insight of how to work with government on how to best support student needs. Being a parent myself of three sons, all who have graduated from Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools and working as a Family Literacy Coordinator, I believe I know and value the importance of meeting the educational needs of all students.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?

With the ever-increasing pressures of today’s society, mental health concerns are on the rise, and I am committed to advocate for resources to help our students and staff be more resilient to the challenges facing them today and in the future.  I am committed to building healthy school communities.
Local autonomy of school boards and the preservation of Catholic education is a topic for trustees to keep at the forefront to continue to support the students in our communities.
As Alberta Education conducts its curriculum review and changes to the school act, it is imperative that trustees and stakeholders are aware and involved in the process to properly prepare students for the future.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
Parents and students alike are requesting a wider variety of programs and supports and I will do my best to help integrate and meet the needs of as many students as possible, while being fiscally responsible.  I believe we spend today’s dollars on today’s students.
I will continue to provide meaningful opportunities for public engagement for our stakeholders to be involved in, to help continue keeping GSACRD as one of the top performing boards in Alberta. I will work to promote and protect Catholic education.

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