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
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
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
- 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)
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.