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Right to choice in education under threat, warns Elk Island trustee candidate Szott

“The first people to bring education as a whole to Alberta were the nuns. If you took the system to its granular level, then you take it back to where it started – the Catholic education system.”

Faith, determination & love credited in remarkable recovery of unstoppable teacher

“Seeing kids do amazing work, and just kind of realizing how lucky I am to be back in this position, I felt like … I don’t know exactly what it is … I may have been down, but I never felt like I was going to be out.”

“The Reformation led to the secularization of society,” says author Brad Gregory

Gregory made his arguments as part of an interdisciplinary conference on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Sept. 22 at St. Joseph’s College.

Laura Thibert wants to bring the voices of Ward 77 constituents to the ECS board

“As a trustee, one of the key roles you play is public engagement,” said Thibert, a former chair of the Edmonton Catholic school board

Spiritual gifts flow north and south as covenant relationship grows

The covenant between the two dioceses was formalized three years ago, but it began years earlier and it’s deeper than others in Canada. The details are still being worked out, but the relationship is more than just financial. It’s spiritual.

Mina Angotti wants to bridge home, parish, and school in Edmonton Catholic Ward 72

“For me, to run for Catholic school trustee is not just about effective governance. It is about our faith and how our faith permeates every aspect of our lives,” said Angotti.

Attacks on Rohingya people condemned as inhumane, threats to religious freedom

“The entire population is now at the verge of extinction and running, escaping,” Arkani said. “The situation is extremely, extremely dire. One day means a lot of lives we are talking about, so we need to do something urgently. We need to do everything and anything.”

Ted Paszek sees future growth as biggest issue for Elk Island Catholic Schools

“I think the biggest issue is growth in Alberta,” said Paszek, a retired Catholic school teacher and principal, who has been an Elk Island Catholic Schools trustee off and on for more than 30 years.

Veteran ECS trustee Bergstra vows to continue advocacy for mental health and defend Catholic education

“I’m looking forward to sitting down with the Archbishop as a board and as an individual to work on Catholic education and how we can get the message out there.”

Transportation fees, inclusive education on Serena Shaw’s issues list for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools

“…the big thing is board autonomy, making sure the school board understands its role and the government understands its role too.”