What is the role of a school trustee?
Trustees act as advocates to ensure our students receive the best possible educational opportunities. Trustees must be prepared to put the needs of students first. They must also be willing to act in the best interests of all district schools and students, and not focus their efforts on a particular issue or school.
School board trustees play a vital role in managing the affairs of the district. As elected officials, they are accountable to the community they serve and are responsible for overseeing and directing the operations of the school district.
Their responsibilities include setting priorities for the school system based on available resources, adopting an annual budget, developing policies to guide administration and advocating to ensure education remains a public priority. Catholic school board trustees also play an integral role as advocates for Catholic education by ensuring students receive an education permeated by our Catholic faith. As a Catholic school district, our board of trustees is also accountable to the Bishop of Calgary.
Who are the trustee candidates?
City of Calgary - Wards 1, 2 & Cochrane
City of Calgary - Wards 3,5 & Airdrie
City of Calgary - Wards 4 & 7
- Linda Wellman - Acclaimed
City of Calgary - Wards 6 & 8
City of Calgary - Wards 9, 10 & Chestermere
- Lory Iovinelly
- Christopher McMillan
City of Calgary - Wards 11 & 12
- Mario Deshaies
- Cheryl Low
City of Calgary - Wards 13 & 14
- Catherine Williams - Acclaimed
- Antonio Belangue
- Mary Martin
All candidate profiles are available on the Elections Calgary website.
Information for voters, including where and when voting station are open for Advance Polls and on Election Day is available on the Elections Calgary website.
Trustee elections for voters outside city limits
The Calgary Catholic School District has an agreement with Elections Calgary who conducts the separate school trustee election on the district’s behalf, in accordance with the Local Authorities Elections Act. This does result in some impact for those electors who reside in Rocky View County and the communities of Airdrie, Cochrane and Chestermere.
Note: With acclimations in Ward 1and 2 plus Cochrane and Wards 3 and 5 plus Airdrie, there will only be a Separate School Trustee vote required for Wards 9 and 10 plus Chestermere.
Advance vote: There are no advance voting stations for separate school trustee in Airdrie, Cochrane, or Chestermere. Electors can, however, attend any advance vote within the City of Calgary. Alternatively, electors may request a special ballot from the City of Calgary.
Election day - October 16, 2017
On election day, voting stations for separate school trustee will be available at each of the local voting stations. Please note that in some rural locales, the separate school ward boundaries do not align with the county boundaries and some electors must go to a different location to vote for their separate school trustee than where they vote for their councillor.