Trustees are the governors of the district. As such, they guide and lead the organization via policy development. Additionally, trustees are charged with budget oversight that includes labor negotiations with respective staff unions, appointment of, and contract negotiations with the Superintendent, and advocate on matters that either directly or indirectly affect student outcomes. Additionally, and as a Catholic Education system, we perform duties through a Catholic lens.
Governance is complex. Done right it provides high-level and skilled oversight and leadership to an organization. It requires that we engage in balanced decision making that ensures fiscal prudence; seeks innovative solutions and applies best practices; brings voice to stakeholders and electorate; abides by legislation; maintains a respectful but professional distance from administration all while imparting the teachings of Christ’s unconditional love within our students and staff.
It is important to understand that boards are to embark on high functioning governance. In the words of my graduate studies business prof, corporate boards tend to be high functioning whereas public boards tend not to be. The nuance difference is the level of education and experience one brings to the table. Desire to run is not sufficient, particularly given that we oversee a half a billion-dollar budget. One must ask how they will contribute at a sophisticated level. I have both in-depth education and experience, particularly in relation to governance, management, policy, financial oversight, advocacy and other related functions.
- Masters of Public Health (2016-2018), University of Waterloo
- Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Alberta
- Bachelor of Education Diploma, University of Alberta
- Psychology, Open Studies
- Financial Literacy Certification, Rotmans School of Business, University of Toronto
For a listing of the numerous Boards and committees that I have sat on please press on the link Education & Experience in the menu bar at the top of this page.