October 14, 2013

Debbie Engel

Debbie Engel

My dad always taught me that what I held dear would be what my children held dear, so after a busy career I delved into volunteer work at our school and Church. I took on almost every role on the parent council, and became a lector and Eucharistic Minister.

My husband and I have two daughters. Jenna attends the U of A and Megan attends Oxford University in England as a Rhodes scholar.

Edmonton Catholic Schools gave my children an excellent education, connecting their academics to a faith in God. Faith and education, the two things I hold most dear.

As trustee, I have accomplished much, and have enjoyed every minute of it.

I believe schools should be where children live. When overcrowding at Sister Annata Brockman led to the possibility of taking the junior high program out of the school and transporting children out of their community, I used my knowledge, experience and networking skills to ensure the infrastructure was put in place to allow SAB to remain a K-9 school.

I believe in offering children support in the earliest stages of development and have championed early learning programs including pre-kindergarten and full day kindergarten for children at risk.

One of my strengths is to craft innovative solutions to meet community needs. I spearheaded a partnership with the city in building the St. FX fieldhouse. This was the genesis for many other partnerships like Cardinal Collins H.S. Academic Centre.

I have excellent communication skills, and as board chair I have been successful in getting clear concise messaging out to the public at large through the media.

I am very active in Church and school events and am accessible and responsive to constituents. Aside from dedication to my family this is my life.

Please visit debbieengel.com for more information.

Brad Lohner

Brad Lohner

Brad has been a resident of Ward 74 since 1988 and has been married to a school teacher for 24 years. He has three children, with the last following in her sibling's footsteps by finishing high school at St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School.

A longtime member of Good Shepherd Parish, Brad serves his parish as a minister of the Eucharist and deputy grand knight.

With over 28 years of extensive experience in the credit industry, Brad is a successful business owner who has built several financial service companies from the ground up in Canada and the U.S.

With his corporate headquarters in Edmonton, Brad's financial credentials make him the preferred candidate for Ward 74.

Brad has extensive experience negotiating with staff, suppliers, law societies and government bodies throughout North America. The credit industry brings out the very best and their very worst of people. Brad excels in dissecting the tough issues and negotiating common sense solutions.

Brad's proven success in building/organizing his corporations and staying on top of the critical areas make him uniquely qualified to act as an Edmonton Catholic School board trustee.

Perhaps no one else on the board has the business acumen or proven history of holding executives accountable to run efficient and innovative operations.

Brad is a strong advocate of ARTES and would like Ward 74 residents to understand exactly what it is. ARTES – The Association for Responsible Trusteeship in Edmonton Schools

ARTES (ar-tes) represents people committed to the welfare of children and public education in Edmonton. It seeks to encourage high quality candidates for school boards.

Mission: To encourage and support school trustee candidates who are independent, transparent in their views and values, accountable, forward looking and responsive to the community.