October 28, 2013

Trustees were elected and acclaimed in all the Catholic school districts in the Edmonton Archdiocese during municipal elections held Oct. 21 in most locales and Oct. 16 in Lloydminster.

Following are results from across the archdiocese:


The St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Separate School Division had trustees elected by acclamation in five of six wards.

These were Daniel Chalifoux (Beaumont), Michelle Lamer and Karen Richert (Leduc), Sandra Bannard and Susan Kathol (Drayton Valley), Thalia Hibbs (Lacombe), Dan Svitich (Ponoka).

In the Wetaskiwin Ward, Angela Greenidge (341 votes) and John Tomkinson (313 votes) were elected. Defeated was Henry Effon (277 votes).


Board chairperson, Adriana LaGrange, topping the voting with 3,274 votes, said that Red Deer Catholic Regional School has experienced a growing student population. Earlier this month the board of trustees requested six modular classrooms.

Seven candidates were vying for five trustee positions in the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Board of Trustees.

Aside from LaGrange, also elected were Anne Marie Watson (3,168 votes), David Bouchard (2,845 votes), Guy Pelletier (2,804 votes) and Murray Hollman (2,056 votes). Not elected were Cory Litzenberger (1,809 votes) and Brandie Towers (1,585 votes).

Acclaimed were Liam McNiff in Sylvan Lake and Diane MacKay in Olds.


Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord (Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No. 2) is the largest francophone school district in Alberta with 2,500 students attending 14 schools, both Catholic and public.

Elected public school trustees representing all regions of the school board were Ismail Osman-Hachi (114 votes) and Kevin Bell (108 votes).

Six candidates ran for Catholic school trustee positions representing the Edmonton region. The three elected were Karen Doucet (295 votes), Denis Lefebvre (199 votes) and Nathalie Lachance (191 votes).

Representing the St. Albert and Legal region will be Ronald St. Jean. Also in by acclamation is Nicole Lorrain, representing Fort McMurray, Jasper, Red Deer and Wainwright.


This election was St. Albert's first as a Roman Catholic separate school district, a change which took effect July 1, 2012. Since 1863, the St. Albert district was a Catholic public district.

The Greater St. Albert Catholic School District knew going into the election that it was in for changes when trustee Jacquie Hansen chose not to seek re-election, and Lauri-Ann Turnbull resigned from the board earlier this year.

The school district saw a competition in two of its three wards.

In St. Albert, winning the four seats were Joan Crockett (3,786 votes), Dave Caron (3,727 votes), Serena Shaw (3,103 votes) and Rosaleen McEvoy (3,064 votes). Not elected were Cathie Sarafinchan (2,526 votes) and Vince Schiller (2,160 votes).

The incumbent, Cathy Proulx (142 votes) was elected in Legal, edging out Tom Turner (138 votes).

In Morinville, Brendan Kaup and Noreen Radford were elected by acclamation.


Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division had several incumbents seeking re-election.

The four elected in Sherwood Park were Michelle Szott (3,752 votes), Tony Sykora (3,733 votes), Jean Boisvert (3,210 votes) and Ted Paszek (3,175 votes).

Elected in Camrose was Ron Baier (484 votes). Elected in Fort Saskatchewan was Justine Marie Wright (471 votes). Elected by acclamation in Vegreville was incumbent Charlene Melenka.


Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division had a number of trustees elected by acclamation.

Acclaimed in Stony Plain were incumbent Anne Driver and Natasha McBride. Acclaimed in Spruce Grove were Gerald Bernakevitch and two incumbents, Mel Malowany and Richard Yaceyko. Acclaimed in Devon was new trustee Margaret Cargill. Incumbent Ronald McKay is in by acclamation in Hinton.

Elected in Westlock was Robert Oko (261 votes), beating Caren Mueller (155 votes).


In East Central Alberta Catholic Separate Schools all eight trustees were elected by acclamation.

Daryl Possberg (Wainwright) and Duane Austin (Stettler/Killam) are the two new trustees.

The incumbents are Robert Nichols (Theresetta), Marlyn Charlebois (Wainwright), Debra Klein (Provost), Gregory Ibach (Provost), Philip Brady (Vermilion) and Larry Wasylik (Vermilion).


Six positions were filled by acclamation in Lloydminster Catholic Schools, which is governed by Saskatchewan legislation. Voters there went to the advance polls Oct. 9 and election day was Oct. 16.

Elected in the lone contest was Cal Fendelet, with 144 votes. He defeated Verna McFarlane (118 votes) and Christopher Rehman (78 votes).