Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 11, 2004
Edmonton Catholic School Board trustee candidates
Marilyn Bergstra - - Ward Five
Catholic education is an important priority for our community of Ward 5. We share a common purpose to ensure that our children and youth grow to be responsible members of a caring society and our school system plays a critical role in meeting that goal through educating the whole child.
The importance of the role of trustee cannot be understated, and it is through strong representation by the trustee that your vision for Catholic education will be realized. You, the Catholic community of Ward 5, have indicated three needs.
You stated that you need a stronger voice. You asked for accountability of the board. And you emphasized that we need to do more to act on the Catholic values that we promote. As your Trustee, I will be that stronger voice, communicate your needs, and bring integrity, compassion, and respect to our board.
With my husband and children, I lived outside of Canada and have developed a mature social perspective, a strong sense of justice, and an exceptional ability to deal with new challenges. And with my experience as an instructor, and as a parent of children in Catholic school, I understand the education system, from students and teachers, to support staff and administrators.
I am excited about this opportunity to serve my community for quality Catholic education. I am committed to build accountability into our school system, act on Catholic values and adhere to a standard of excellence.
Your support on Oct. 18 will put a new voice with fresh ideas to work.
Judy Buddle - - Ward Five
My vision, as the incumbent Catholic school trustee in Ward 5, continues to be the preservation, the promotion and the guarantee that quality Catholic education will continue to be fully funded and supported by our wonderful province of Alberta.
Catholic and non-Catholic parents who want to offer their children the very best in academics (as stated by our district's provincial achievement results and diploma results), embodied in a faith-based understanding of prayer and celebration, can have both focuses.
The emphasis of education must be holistic - educating the "total child" in mind, body, and soul - spiritually, psychologically, academically, socially, and physically, to live a meaningful and relevant life as a Christian in the 21st century.
A child in the Catholic system is nurtured in an environment that recognizes each student as a unique gift, and prepares learners not just for future careers, but also for life and "life everlasting."
My second priority is to ensure adequate funding for our many special needs students through our learning support services department.
The aboriginal segment of our population is one of the fastest growing areas, with many young people coming into our schools. I would like to see the dropout rate for high school completion reduced substantially.
Another priority for me is our district's infrastructure needs. I would recommend for Alberta Infrastructure to establish a stabilization fund for major modernizations and new school constructions.
With the southwest section of Edmonton having the highest population growth rates, we need new schools, plus funding for maintaining existing schools.
Doug McCarthy - - Ward Five
Doug McCarthy is running as a trustee candidate in Ward 5.
He did not respond to our invitation to submit a photo and summation of his platform.
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