Running for: St. Albert Catholic School Trustee
Running in ward: Ward 1 St. Albert
Community of residence (years): St. Albert (10 years)
Family status: Married with 1 child
Education: BA and MBA, U of C
Current Occupation: Property assessor
Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
As a parent of a child attending school, I would like to preserve choice in education. Choice, which includes Catholic schools, has made Alberta’s education system the envy of the world. In our challenging times, the need for Catholic education is greater than ever. I am proud of the local school district’s 150 plus years of accomplishments. As one of the best school districts in the province, the GSACRD continues to make St. Albert one of the best places in Canada to live and raise a family.
Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office??
In addition to my great collaboration and team building skills, I am a great listener. My professional background in finance can help with budget planning. I will try to find efficiencies and put savings back into the classroom. As well, I am experienced in constituents and government relations through my work at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. I have served on community boards and am a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Today’s students will be our country’s leaders in 2050. We need to give our children the gifts of academic knowledge and Catholic faith morals and values to develop and apply the life skills of personal responsibility, respect, teamwork and sense of community. To compete in the 21st Century global economy, there should be more emphasis on STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and design and mathematics) that will inspire innovation and creativity.
Rather than creating politically correct “safe spaces”, our curriculum should celebrate our country’s history while at the same time learn important lessons from its missteps.
Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
I would like to work with the community (students, parents, teachers, support staff and local parishes) to find ways of building on the success of Catholic education in St. Albert and surrounding areas. Every student deserves the opportunity to learn in a bully-free environment.
For you I will advocate for greater consultation and transparency as the Notley government reviews the Education Act, curriculum changes and testing in core subjects. I will also lobby for more sustainable student funding to continue offering diverse programs like pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, French immersion, special needs, sports academies and the International Baccalaureate program.
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