After educating students from K-12 for over 30 years, I have decided to run for the position of Trustee with the Calgary Catholic School Board representing Wards 4 and 7.
Why? The combination of having had children graduate from the Calgary Catholic School District and my experience as an educator with the board provides me with both the qualifications and experience to excel in this position.
I believe that all children deserve a variety of learning opportunities and the chance to succeed. As a Trustee I will work to develop an environment where not only staff and students feel dignified and respected, but the families within our community also feel heard.
For over 35 years, I have been married to my wife and best friend, Maria. She is a dedicated nurse in Calgary. Together we have two sons, Andre, and Luc who both graduated from local Universities and are quickly developing their professional careers. Our family has been a part of the community of Edgemont for nearly 25 years.
My journey in education began in Cochrane with the Rockyview Public School Board. However, working for a public school district I always felt like there was something missing. After 13 years, searching to fill that missing feeling, I elected to apply for a position with the Calgary Catholic School District. Immediately, I knew I was in the right place when I sat in the gym of Monsignor Neville Anderson School and participated in my first liturgy since attending St. Francis High School (Go Browns!).
Listening to the students proudly read, sing, and live their faith quickly demonstrated what I had been missing, an opportunity to discuss the role that God plays in our lives. Finding and applying the teachings of Jesus in all curriculum areas was refreshing. I could be my authentic self. I learned to empower students through their faith. I found my home.
Throughout my life, I have endeavored to model servant leadership to my family, my classroom, and my community. It was always a humbling experience volunteering with St. Mary’s Feed the Hungry and I aim to continue my journey of service to the Calgary Catholic School District by getting elected as Trustee for Wards 4 and 7.
Part of my inspiration for pursuing the role of Trustee comes from a quote in Growing in Faith Growing in Christ that reads, “We are learning how listening to our conscience and being loving and compassionate help us live morally.” [i] These words act as my mantra, and I plan to use them to guide my decision making. Awareness is the start to change and as we are made aware we can change things with care and compassion.
Developed by Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan. (2018). Growing in Faith Growing in Christ Grade 5. North York, Ontario: Pearson Canada Inc.
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