Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of April 28, 2003
Former ACSTA president honoured
Special to the WCR
The past-president of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association, Lois Burke-Gaffney of Calgary, has been honoured with the Justice James Higgins Award, the highest award of the Canadian Catholic School trustees' Association.
President of the ACSTA for an unprecedented five years, Burke-Gaffney has been a school trustee in Calgary for 11 years, is currently chair of the Catholic school board there and is vice-president of Spiritus, a province-wide organization that advocates and mobilizes on issues affecting faith and life.
As ACSTA president, Burke-Gaffney led the association through two constitutional legal challenges - both with national implications - that were heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Justice James Higgins Award acknowledges exceptional contributions to Catholic education in Canada.
"Lois has been and continues to be a fearless advocate for Catholic education involving her in many projects and activities throughout Canada," said the current ACSTA president, John Krol. "Her tenacity, vision and hard work are second to none."
"She has a passion for making things better and making things happen - a real community builder," said Calgary Bishop Frederick Henry.
An active community volunteer, Burke-Gaffney has served on the St. Mary's College Board of Governors, the Senate of the University of Calgary, the FCJ Scholarship Committee for Girls, the United Fund Board, the parish council of Calgary's Sacred Heart Parish and has served in various parish ministries.
She has five children and nine grandchildren.