Mary Martin - Calgary Catholic School District
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Working Together


They say that leadership starts at the top – that the success of any organization is contingent upon the skill set, dedication and commitment to excellence by those entrusted to lead. School boards are no different, and high functioning school boards do not happen by accident. To create the circumstances for success as a school board, a complex skill set is required, and a commitment to enhance those skills is a given.

My experiences in serving as Trustee for Wards 13 and 14 for the Calgary Catholic School District for the last ten years have taught me a lot.

What We Need to do Together



It’s all about relationships. It is widely recognized that Calgary Catholic School District is a provincial leader in education. This has not happened by accident. I really believe that what has made us so successful has everything to do with the value placed on authentic relationships- relationships that are based upon trust and a common goal; that of, ‘Living and Learning in Our Catholic Faith’.

It is because of the strong, respectful, trusting relationships that we have with everyone involved in the education of our children that we have been able to succeed within a challenging provincial climate.

Voting for Your Separate School Board Trustee


Voting for Your Separate School Board Trustee

On October 16, 2017, you have the opportunity to vote for, along with your mayor and councilor, your separate school board trustee. For some of you, this may be your first trip to the polling booth. Below is some useful information:

Who can vote?

  • You are at least 18 years of age on election day
  • You are a Canadian citizen
  • You have lived in Alberta for at least the six consecutive months immediately preceding election day (since April 16, 2017)
  • You are a resident of Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane or Chestermere  on election day (in the case of the Calgary Catholic School District)

School Board Trusteeship - Why it Matters


Locally elected school boards matter. In Alberta, we have 61 public, separate and francophone school boards, each charged with creating the very best learning opportunities for their respective communities. This is no small responsibility when one considers that there are over 700,000 students within Alberta’s K-12 publicly funded system. Alberta’s education system is not only one of the strongest in Canada, it is a leader internationally. This is no accident.  The role of locally elected trustees is a critical factor in the success of a district.
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