The last few years have been most challenging as a trustee, as a Catholic, and as a human being. But I know that I absolutely cannot step away from this position. This province needs good trustees to take care of students. I know, without a doubt, that I have the very best intentions for Calgary Catholic.
My platform is simple. Keep doing the work to consistently ensure:
Advocating for Catholic education and providing a nurturing environment where students and staff can practice a positive faith based education. I am dedicated in ensuring success and growth within publicly funded Catholic education.
Continue to create policies that help all children become the best they can be in a safe and welcoming environment. I am very proud of the work that has been done around keeping kids safe. This includes among many other initiatives: masking, inclusivity clubs, the champion program, and racial justice.
I will continue to support ways to encourage positive mental health and wellness amongst students and staff. This is not only a board priority but one that I champion always.
The Indigenous team at Calgary Catholic is phenomenal and works daily to bring reconciliation to staff and students. I support anything and anyone who journeys along the road to reconciliation along with me. I am not afraid to say that I have much to learn in this area, but I am willing to do the work.
Commonly Asked Questions:
Commonly Asked Questions:
Calgary Catholic is not piloting the draft curriculum this school year. The Alberta Government is planning to implement the K-6 curriculum in the classrooms in September 2022. Trustees around the province are providing feedback from constituents through the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) along with partners such as the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS Alberta).
Regardless of political allegiance, we all want what is best for Alberta students. To do this it is important for us to collaborate meaningfully, in a solutions-focused manner, to ensure quality curriculum. It is important to note that no one subject area of curriculum is ever perfect on implementation, but let's continue to push for the very best for Alberta students.
While trustees are not curriculum content experts, as the voice of their local communities, they are responsive to concerns raised in relation to curriculum engagement, implementation and content. School board trustees cannot change the curriculum on their own, but they can bring the voice of their communities forward and provide feedback.
It's imperative that Albertans have their say by participating in engagement sessions to help refine the draft K-6 curriculum before it is implemented in classrooms across the province in September 2022. The public is encouraged to share their feedback with trustees, who can advocate on their behalf. Additionally, the government is seeking feedback from Albertans through a survey available on their website.
School Resumption and Masking
Many people have contacted me to ask what the basis for my decision on masking.
Under the Education Act, section 33(1)(d) the board has the responsibility to ensure a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment.
I will ALWAYS put the safety of children and staff first. Based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of the Calgary region, the guidance of a strong legal team, in collaboration with our sister board the CBE, and Thought Exchange data from stakeholders, I voted that we exceed the provincial guidelines and mask children K-12.
We must work together to eradicate Covid-19.
I will always stay committed to this cause because I believe that to be better, we have to do better. I am so proud of the work that has been done at Calgary Catholic to put the very best people in place to move our district, our students and our society forward in racial justice for all.