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Patricia Grell for Catholic School Trustee

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NDP Government Commits $ to Playgrounds for New Schools
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The following good news was provided by the Government of Alberta: All new and replacement schools will soon get a $250,000 provincial grant for a playground, saving Alberta families millions of dollars. Premier Notley and Minister Eggen announced a playground grant program at Vista Heights Schoo...
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Trustee Inquiry: May 30, 2017
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I made the following inquiry at the May 30, 2017 ECSD Public Board Meeting:  The inquiry is in relation to Resolution 3-61/17 passed at the ARA conference May 20- 21, 2017 which stated: BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alberta Teachers’ Association urge Roman Catholic school boards to recognize and...
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Motion for June 30 Public Board Meeting
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To:  Board of Trustees From:  Patricia Grell RE:  Alberta Teachers’ Association Resolution The ATA passed the following resolutions at the 100th Annual Representative Assembly (ARA): BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alberta Teachers’ Association affirm the importance of constitutionally established denom...
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Apology to Counsel Karbonik
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The following was read at the May 30 ECSD public Board Meeting: I would like to wholeheartedly and unreservedly apologize to Counsel Carole Karbonik for the disrespectful remark that I made at our Public Board meeting held March 21st, 2017. Carole is a professional who is following orders, like a...
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Strategic Alliance for Alberta Students With Learning Challenges
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On Thursday, April 20, 2017 Greta Gerstner, founder of the Strategic Alliance for Alberta Students with Learning Challenges was introduced in the Alberta Legislature.  The following is the Hansard which explains what the Alliance is hoping to accomplish.  Here is a link to their Facebook page if ...
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Open Letter to Catholic Constituents
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It would have been helpful had the Board Chair called Trustee Bergstra and I to ask if indeed what was written in the Edmonton Journal was in fact what we said to the reporter Janet French.  I told Janet French that we need to be more transparent that 9 credits of Religion are required in […]
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Support for Morgane Oger, Candidate for Vancouver False Creek
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My friend Morgane Oger is running for the NDP in Vancouver False Creek in the May 9, 2017 provincial election.  She has been very active in Vancouver’s education scene, chairing the Vancouver District Parent Council for a number of years.  She is an engineer by education, has worked in the ...
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Support for Artists in Residence Program
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Dear Friends, Last year, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) cut funding for the Artists in Residence program by 50% in response to the Government of Alberta’s 5% cut to their budget.  The Artists in Residence program is the program that brings valuable cultural experiences into Alberta sch...
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Apology and a Reflection
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I would like to wholeheartedly and unreservedly apologize to our ECSD Legal Counsel Carole Karbonik for the disrespectful remark that I made at our Public Board meeting held March 21st, 2017. Carole is a professional who is following orders, like any other district employee, and she deserves to b...
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CAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFER CATHOLIC PROGRAMMING?
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Go the this link for a discussion of EPSB Trustee Michael Janz’s suggestion that public schools offer Catholic alternative programming.  I wrote the piece in collaboration with my co-worker at Alberta Counsel Ed Picard. Happy reading!
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