News - 2015

Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association Elects New President and Vice President

November 17, 2015

Edmonton, AB – The Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) during its Annual General Meeting this weekend elected Adriana LaGrange from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools as ACSTA President, and John Tomkinson from St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools as ACSTA Vice-President.

ACSTA President Adriana LaGrange has served three terms as Trustee with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools since 2007, of which she has served as both Board Chair and Vice Chair. Ms LaGrange brings a vast array of Catholic education experience to the Board of Directors’ table. “I truly believe that faith permeation within an inclusive learning environment enriches the educational experience of all students and provides them with a strong foundation to build upon in their daily lives,” said President LaGrange. “I am ready, willing and able to serve. Together we will continue the amazing legacy of Catholic education in Alberta.”

ACSTA Vice-President John Tomkinson has served two terms as Trustee with St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools, where he served two terms as Board Chair. “Through increased positive advocacy and modeling Catholic values, I believe that we can confidently advance Catholic education in Alberta,” said Vice-President Tomkinson. “Together with the entire ACSTA Board of Directors we will work hard to ensure families have access to quality Catholic education.”

ACSTA acknowledges Past-President Tony Sykora and Past Vice-President Serafino Scarpino for their dedicated and unwavering service to Catholic education throughout Alberta, Yukon and North West Territories. “Working as a team, Tony Sykora and Serafino Scarpino demonstrated daily their passion for ensuring all students have access to quality Catholic education and that all students are respected and treated as gifts from God,” said Executive Director, Dean Sarnecki. “On behalf of everyone at ACSTA and within the Catholic community, we would like to thank them for their tireless dedication.”

2015-11-17 9:35AM
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2015 Catholic Education Sunday Bishops’ Letter

This year’s theme is Our Schools as Islands of Mercy. Pope Francis describes the mercy of God as his loving concern for each of us. “He desires our well-being and he wants to see us happy full of joy, and peaceful. This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel. As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other. (MV 9)” The letter encourages us to make our schools islands of mercy in which we encounter and share the mercy of our Lord.

2015-10-14 1:06PM
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Photo of ACSTA Board of Directors taken at their September 10/11, 2015 meeting

2015-09-23 3:56PM
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2015 Provincial Election – New government

Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association congratulates Premier Designate Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP on becoming Alberta’s next majority government. Congratulations also to Brian Jean and the Alberta Wildrose on becoming Alberta’s Official Opposition.

The 2015 Alberta Provincial Election presented a significant historical change in Alberta’s political history. The ACSTA looks forward to working with all political parties to ensure Alberta’s publicly-funded Catholic education system remains world-class.

2015-05-07 9:17AM
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Where Do Alberta Parties Stand?

With the upcoming May 5, 2015 provincial election, Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) posed three questions to all of the political party leaders to gauge their views on education in Alberta, and in particular, how their views impact Catholic education.

The three questions are based on topics that we believe interest the greater Catholic education community. All responses are posted below.

2015-04-30 9:58AM
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Statement regarding the passing of Bill 10 - March 11, 2015

We believe that Catholic Schools will be able to work with the legislation passed in the legislature on March 10, 2015. Every child is a child of God who is valued and respected and every child will continue to have a place where they feel welcome as an important member of our community.

Alberta’s Catholic Schools have always supported our most vulnerable students as evidenced with our Safe and Caring Learning Environments policy. We anticipated the amendments in Bill 10, and accordingly, our Catholic superintendents proactively began to develop the more comprehensive LIFE Framework – a guideline for student advocacy, peer support, or counselling groups. As a result, every student will have a safe place where they feel supported. We will be able to help all students who are struggling.

The amendments allow local schools and school boards the flexibility needed to respond to students needs at a local level. The legislation now addresses all vulnerable students, something our organization has been advocating since the bill was initially introduced.

Tony Sykora
ACSTA President

2015-03-11 9:16AM
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