By Thandiwe Konguavi
Staff Writer

When Mina Angotti’s daughters attended Edmonton Catholic Schools, she helped in whatever way she could — whether it was serving on executive committees, dishing up hot lunches or helping with field trips.

Now that they have graduated, Angotti – an active parish and school volunteer – believes she’s the right person to help unite the school board in Catholic teaching.

“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, a candidate in Ward 72.

“Bridging the parish, the home and the school all together is paramount. I haven’t seen that happening and so I stand confident in being able to navigate that journey, being one voice of seven.”

Angotti, an interior and fashion designer, decided to run in her northeast Edmonton ward after seeing trustees publicly divided on issues of inclusion and diversity.

“Knowing how to handle all of this in a Christ-centred way is what our faith needs, and engaging all stakeholders with Catholic identity helps not only our community but our society,” Angotti said.

“Catholic education is a unique partnership between the home, the school and the parish, and the Catholic school trustee is a steward for Catholic schools. It is a call from the Church and the community to bring together faith and political life to share in the mission of the Church.”

Also running for election on Oct. 16 in Ward 72 are Rudy Arcilla, Sandra Palazzo, and Dan Posa. 

Incumbent Larry Kowalczyk is not seeking re-election.

Angotti is working toward her master’s degree in theological studies at Newman Theological College. She has served Santa Maria Goretti Parish for 42 years, as a lector since she was eight, as well as on the liturgical committee, parish council, and as a marriage preparation facilitator with her husband Tom.

Her two daughters, who attended Bishop Greschuk Catholic Elementary School, École St. Cecilia School and Archbishop MacDonald High School, are now students at the University of Alberta.

More information on Angotti can be found on her website: minaangotti.tumblr.com.