April 15, 2024

Advance polls are on March 30 from 1 p.m. to five p.m. and Election Day is April 8 from 10 a.m. to eight p.m.

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The Fort McMurray Catholic Faculty Division (FMCSD) is holding a byelection for trustee. The one two candidates operating are, in alphabetical order, Timothy Byron and Louis Elliott Pierre.

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Advance polls are on March 30 from 1 p.m. to five p.m. Superior ballots could be forged at Holy Trinity Catholic Excessive Faculty at 230 Powder Drive. Election Day is April 8 from 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Voters can forged ballots at:

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  • Our Girl of the Rivers Catholic Faculty (8553 Franklin Avenue)
  • Father Patrick Mercredi Group Excessive Faculty (455 Silin Forest Highway)
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Excessive Faculty (230 Powder Drive)

Fort McMurray Right now emailed an 11-question Q&A to each candidates about their priorities and issues for FMCSD. Pierre declined to fill out the questionnaire, and selected to as a substitute ship a quick assertion.

Extra details about the election is at FMCSD’s web site. Get the information and occasions of Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo in your inbox each Friday morning by signing up for our publication.

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1. Why are you certified to be a FMCSD trustee?

Timothy Byron: I come from a household of lecturers: my brother, sister and my brother-in-law. As a senior lawyer and member of a board of administrators, I’ve expertise assessing and writing coverage, and decoding laws and rules. I advocate for my shoppers’ pursuits and I’ll advocate for Catholic schooling.

Louis Elliott Pierre: As a devoted advocate for high quality schooling rooted in religion and values, I’m honoured to announce my candidacy for the place of Fort McMurray Catholic Faculty Board Trustee.

I’m a lifelong member of our native parishes and Fort McMurray Catholic Faculties with a ardour for nurturing the educational, religious, and private development of our college students.

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I’m dedicated to fostering a supportive and inclusive setting the place each little one can thrive.  Presently serving as a board member of the Wooden Buffalo Multicultural Affiliation, I advocate for multicultural youth and households, bringing various views to the forefront. Immersed in each day neighborhood engagement, I hear attentively to all stakeholders, guaranteeing that each voice is heard.

With 20 years of actively volunteering, mentoring, and supporting the training and management experiences in Fort McMurray Catholic Faculties, in addition to participating as a dad or mum,  I humbly ask to your help and belief.

2. What would your priorities be as a FMCSD trustee?

Timothy Byron: Prime priorities are to advocate for Catholic schooling usually and search acceptable funding for the brand new curriculum to make sure assets are in place for lecturers. Moreover, to advertise a robust board governance course of, to emphasise equity and fairness in hiring and employment retention, and to allocate budgets appropriately.

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3. What are your ideas on the Alberta authorities’s revised curriculum?

The revised curriculum could require a slower rollout from the Province to make sure sufficient assets and coaching are in place for lecturers and employees.  One method could also be to start out with pilot initiatives after which transfer to delivering appropriately measured assets in direction of implementation.

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Holy Trinity Catholic Excessive Faculty in Timberlea in Fort McMurray on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

4. Do you consider the present schooling funding components for FMCSD wants enchancment? If not, how will you persuade the Alberta authorities to offer sustainable and sufficient funding?

Timothy Byron: The present funding mannequin is equality primarily based, not fairness primarily based. An equity-based mannequin could higher serve our centre the place extra funds are wanted to cowl larger working bills. Additionally, we have to fund extra coaching, testing, and academic help for weak college students with complicated wants.

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5. Faculties throughout Fort McMurray are at, or nearing, capability. What could be completed within the short-term for this drawback and the way will you foyer the province for options?

Timothy Byron: Extra lecturers are wanted. Recruitment and retention are identifiable points.  One answer is to increase Keyano schooling program to supply extra native recruitment alternatives. This will profit retention. Lecturers have to know they’re appreciated, revered, and included within the dialogue with political leaders and post-secondary schooling coverage brokers.

6. Why ought to Catholic households help a faith-based schooling and what ought to that faith-based schooling seem like?

Timothy Byron: Religion-based schooling requires balanced cooperation between lecturers, church leaders, and fogeys. Church leaders supply the knowledge of custom and scripture to navigate social and cultural modifications. Dad and mom know finest their youngsters and needs to be revered. And lecturers may also help church leaders and fogeys perceive their demanding work managing complicated school rooms.

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7. Few provinces keep separate Catholic college techniques. The 2021 census on faith from Statistics Canada exhibits most Catholics don’t follow their religion. Why ought to Alberta proceed supporting Catholic colleges?

Timothy Byron: Roughly half of scholars attending colleges in Fort McMurray are enrolled in Catholic colleges. Dad and mom need youngsters to be taught values taught by Catholic religion. Additionally, Catholic schooling is entrenched as a constitutional proper in Alberta: see the wonderful clarification of the Honourable Justice Kevin Feehan on YouTube.

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Father Patrick Mercredi Group Excessive Faculty in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Saturday April 16, 2016. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

8. After the April 2020 flood and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, how can FMCSD meet the emotional and psychological well being wants of its college students and employees?

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Timothy Byron: Growing a robust religion life, in addition to sufficient help employees and neighborhood partnerships for kids and households, is essential on this regard.

9. With so many employees and college students coming from Indigenous backgrounds, how can FMCSD promote reconciliation?

Timothy Byron: Reconciliation begins with reality by incorporating indigenous views and methods of figuring out into the understanding of employees, youngsters and households, thereby bringing us nearer as communities and people.

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Children wave as they experience the college bus in Fort McMurray on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia

10. What could be completed to assist 2SLGBTQ+ college students really feel welcome in FMCSD colleges?

Timothy Byron: Catholics consider that each particular person individual is a toddler of God and made in God’s picture. Each individual, due to this fact, is valued and liked.  The promotion of interpersonal Catholic values in youngsters and households is likely one of the handiest methods to discourage and stop harms and bullying.

11. What different main challenges are going through FMCSD, and what could be completed to arrange for them?

Timothy Byron: The main challenges are recruitment and retention of lecturers and employees. First, we begin with respecting and appreciating their work.  Second, we press the Provincial Authorities for sufficient funding in secondary schooling to coach new lecturers. As talked about, selling the Keyano program would afford a very good native answer.

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