Trustee Candidate Profiles
Meet the Board of Trustee candidates for Foothills School Division. Uncertain of your ward? Review our Ward Boundary Map
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Heather was born and raised in South Africa, immigrated to Canada in 1993, settled in the small town of Okotoks, where her two school going girls attended OJS and FCHS, both girls graduated from the Comp. Heather got involved with the community activities and joined many committees she was the Vice President for the Okotoks Chamber of Commerce, was on the EDC Board, President for the OFSC and volunteered at all the community events. 2008 Gerald, Heather and family relocated to the beautiful town of Turner Valley where she has again got deeply involved in the community, she is presently serving on the FCSS Advisory Board, The founder of 4-H Valley ACES and is a 4-H Leader. Heather has been actively involved with the wellbeing of children and has gained many certificates relating to child development, including ASSIST, Mental Health First Aid, Hearing Impaired Coaching, ADHD, ADD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Behavioural Disorders, and she has worked closely with High Risk children. In South Africa, Heather championed access for Hard of Hearing children into mainstream schools. With the population dynamic in Diamond Valley changing and younger families moving into the area, and as a proponent of education, she sees the fundamental schooling of these younger children being of paramount importance. Gerald and Heather are the proud parents of 3 adult daughters, one five-year-old son and five grandchildren.
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Hello my name is Jeannine Tucker, I am seeking re-election in Ward 1 as Trustee with the Foothills School division. I have deep roots with Foothills as I graduated here, worked here as an educational assistant, and I am proud to say that my children graduated from the same division that both my husband and I graduated from. I have lived in Black Diamond for 20 years and have been the Trustee for ward 1 for the last 4 years. It has been my pleasure to serve the parents and students of Turner Valley, Black Diamond, Longview, and the MD, to have been a strong voice for them but also for public education. I have worked hard to become a great governor, knowing that we set the direction through good policy development and accountability,and that by setting high standards,our students achieve more. I look forward to the opportunity to serve again.
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I own a small cattle operation with my husband in the MD of Foothills . This was originally my grandparents and I am a fifth generation resident of this Ward and attended school in the Foothills School Division at Percy Peglar Elementary School, Okotoks Junior High School and Foothills Composite High School. My husband has truly made our family multicultural so I not only understand the history of our district but also its diversity. We have a young son. I attended 4H for many years and achieved my Platinum award. Today I enjoy being able to give back by help judging 4H public speaking. I have also attended Pony Club and today I instruct at Pony Club branch in our district. I worked as an administrative assistant and payroll clerk for the Southern Alberta district of a Security company. I did work for a large cattle operation helping with calving and herd health before becoming a mother. Today I teach riding lessons as well as helping with our livestock and being a stay at home mother.
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Martha Klassen is happy to call the MD of Foothills home. She has lived just west of High River with her husband, two sons, three rescue dogs and, of course, a cat, for 16 years. She is a committed, dependable volunteer in the community and in her children's school, gladly acting as Treasurer for school councils for numerous years. She quite enjoys being recognized with a smile by the many students and she has gotten to know as "Aaron or Adam's mom" through the years. Martha is a proven advocate for inclusion, for education, for special needs and for families. She asks the hard questions, listens intently and always searches for the win/win in all situations. She has the ability to connect a room so everyone is working collaboratively to achieve the most success. Her belief that all kids should get the support they need has given her a vast understanding of how the education system works and where improvements need to be made. When she's working, she's running her successful accounting business from home with the same finesse as she handles the rest of her life. Her passion for education and supporting students is her reason for running as School Board Trustee. She gives kids a voice.
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Toby Kliem is an IT professional who was born and raised in BC. In his travels, he has lived and worked in such diverse locales as BC, Alberta, Uganda, Ethiopia, and the UK. He and his family have been residents of Blackie, AB since 2013. He has a strong passion for the community and loves to foster an attitude of inquisitiveness and a deep love of learning where ever he volunteers. He believes education is not just what happens in the classroom but a passion and curiosity that should be part of every aspect of one's life. He pulls from a wealth of experience that spans the globe in a number of different industries with a goal to bring a fresh set of eyes with an outside-the-box perspective. He’s an accomplished administrator, from running a bustling corner gas station to overseeing major international exploration projects, Toby aspires to facilitate an environment of growth and prosperity. One of Toby’s core objectives is the integration of technology within education, broadening the opportunities and skill bases of the generations to come for an ever changing work environment.
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I moved from Edmonton with my husband, Doug Lord and our three children to our acreage on Gladys Ridge east of Aldersyde in 1996. The children attended the Foothills Composite High School which gave them a solid basis for University and beyond. Throughout my career as an Architectural Designer, my professional and community activities reflect my interest in Education. As a university Lecturer, Public School Board educator and TV Broadcaster I reached out to adults and teens. My commitment grew as a contributor to curriculum development and planning with Alberta Education and Strathcona County Public and Separate Schools. For over 20 years, I instructed horse riding skills to children of all ages and more recently to Special Needs students with the Foothills Therapeutic Riding Association. For several years I have taught line dancing at our home, and in Okotoks and am a member of the Big Rock Singers community choir. I understand the differing needs of learners living in both rural and urban contexts and appreciate the value of small town schools. As a Grandmother, I am more certain than ever that our children's education provides the foundation for their happiness, fulfillment and success in life. An education that encourages them to achieve and flourish in whatever direction they choose to pursue, spells success for them and our nation as a whole. As a Trustee I want to contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of our Public school system here in the MD of Foothills.
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I have lived on a small farm in the rural Foothills north of Blackie for the past 9 1/2 years. My husband and I have two children who attend Blackie School. I have a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary and worked for the Calgary Board of Education for 3 years. I am actively involved at my children's school with volunteering, attending school council meetings and help coordinate and run the hot lunch program. I believe this has provided me with the relevant skills and background to be the right candidate for the ward 2 school board trustee. I will be the voice of the parents, students, and the greater community within the school board.
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Married to Karyle with two daughters Natasha married to Reid with three grandchildren Austin who attends Highwood, Keiran who attends Cayley, and Jenna who attends Joe Clark. Amanda is my other daughter who works for British Columbia Hydro and enjoys sailing with her best friend Roger. Bill has been in the Cayley region since 1962, living on the family farm and raising Purebred Shorthorn cattle. Growing up attended Cayley school and Senator Riley, completed his Education Degree at the University of Calgary. Gained employment with Foothills School Division in fall of 1981 and taught at Senator Riley till 1996, then moved over to Highwood High School and remained there till I retired in the spring 2016. Coached High school football and free style wrestling for 25 years, and the last 8 years coached girls rugby at Highwood. In 2016 was inducted into the Alberta Schools Athletic Association “ Wall of Fame”. Taught Social Studies and Law during my teacher career, worked for Alberta Learning as a marker of diploma exams. Political Platform: To talk to people and find out their needs for education, then address these needs with the school board. People have the real power during an election, as the voters hire and fire people. So many politicians get elected then run with their agenda, then need to be the “Voice of the People”! Education is reason why society changes.
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Born and raised in Calgary and the Priddis-area, Theresa Letendre returned to the Foothills region with her husband in 2008 to start a family. Before taking time off to raise her two young children, Theresa was a Junior High School Resource Teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. Both children now attend Red Deer Lake School where Theresa is an active member of the School Council. Theresa, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, spent two years working for the Osaka City Board of Education in Osaka City, Japan, before returning to Calgary to teach. Aside from being a regular volunteer in her community, Theresa is also currently the Director of the Red Deer Lake Soccer Association.
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Larry has a proven commitment to public education and serving his community. He began a successful 26-year teaching career in Brooks, Alberta as a high school educator and administrator. In 2004, Larry became the Principal of Highwood High School in High River. After retiring from school administration, he was a Senior Manager in Field Services for Alberta Education where he worked until retiring July 2013. During his time with Alberta Education, Larry worked closely with School Authority Superintendents and their staff. Larry currently works part-time at Ambrose University in Calgary supervising student teachers in the Bachelor of Education after degree program. Larry’s passion for public service is evident in his over 25-year devotion to community involvement. This involvement together with his professional experience demonstrates Larry’s ability to work in a team environment serving alongside others. He is action-oriented and has extensive experience in governing roles where policies are key to decision-making. Larry is currently involved in local and provincial committees including Sheep River Health Trust and Alberta Health Services committees including Prairie Mountain Health Advisory Council and South Health Campus Clinical Ethics Committee. Education: M.A. - Gonzaga University, B.Sc. - University of Waterloo, B.Ed. - University of Calgary
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I am the proud mother of 3 young adults who has recently celebrated 25 years marriage to Daryl. We’ve had 2 of our 3 children enrolled at Elementary, Jr. High or High School in Okotoks during our time here. The 2 oldest have now moved on, pursuing post secondary and our youngest currently attends High School. I have participated in many aspects of School Council in the places we’ve lived while our kids were growing up. In Okotoks however, I have dedicated my time more fully to School Council interests and have held the position of School Council Chair at both École Okotoks Jr. High and École Foothills Composite High School/ Alberta High School of Fine Arts. I am currently serving as Chair of the Council of School Councils for the Foothills School Division. Otherwise, my time has been invested in volunteering, plus employment in recent Federal Elections, Provincial Election and Federal Census. I currently am employed part time at a local retail establishment in Okotoks. Previously, I have owned and successfully operated both home based and seasonal businesses. I am a Journeyman Beautician, advocate for kids in trades and technology and am so excited for the opportunities FSD students have to achieve success due to excellent facilities and the innovative programming and enrichment offered by our schools.
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I am Jerry Clark. I am the father of 3 children in Foothills School Division. My children are all elementary school aged. We have a busy and involved family in the community. Learning is a priority in our home. My wife is a teacher which keeps me connected to the school system. I am a life-long learner and I work to continuously improve.My career has been in the trades and I have been a local business owner for the past 8 years in Okotoks. As a journeyman and tradesperson, I recognize and appreciate the importance of education to myself, my family, my business and my community. I truly believe in the importance of having a community member, like myself represent Okotoks on the board of trustees because I value learning, taking risks and education that celebrates all abilities.
I am the lucky mother of two daughters and a son. Two of them graduated already from École Secondaire Composite High and Alberta Foothills High School of Fine Arts (French immersion). My youngest daughter will be completing Junior High at Westmount School this year. Before starting a family, my passion for biology and the human development led me to complete my diplomas in sciences and nursing (RN). I worked at Hôtel-Dieu of Montreal Hospital where I eventually specialized in intensive care at the burn unit. I had the privilege to be a stay at home mom for several years during which time I volunteered in different capacities at the schools that my kids were attending. I started in King County, Washington, then in Calgary and continued to get involved in the classroom, parent council, and several committees here in Okotoks since 2008. Thanks to the Setting the Direction for Special Education and the Inspiring Education initiatives, I participated to the several public consultations that took place across Alberta (2008-2010). I appreciated the chance to share my input and, most importantly, to listen to the different stakeholders’ perspectives. When a change in circumstances brought me back into the work force, I became a school bus driver and, most recently, an Educational Assistant in the early French immersion program for 4 years. I truly enjoyed the team spirit and being part of the kids’ learning journey. Looking forward to meeting you!
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Hi My name is Laurie Copland and I have been a trustee for 13 years. I am committed to the integrity of our public schools in Okotoks and throughout our division. My husband and I have lived, worked and raised our 2 boys here. Both our boys graduated from Foothills Composite High School. I believe in trusteeship, public schools and in always maintaining integrity. It takes courage and commitments to strengthen our community.
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Mary Daunt, born in Wales, daughter of a clergyman, began school at age 4 in England. She graduated in English and Home Economics from the University of Windsor and Althouse College of Education in Ontario. Mary holds permanent teaching certificates from Ontario, B.C. and Alberta. Starting in FSD. 38 in 1981, she taught in all subject areas from grade 9 -12 at Senator Riley and Oilfields. Overall, she has a broad understanding of Alberta curriculum and its implementation, as well as the diverse needs of our students. Mary sat for 10 years on the steering committee that developed the successful website, teachingsexualhealth.ca. She served 6 years on the Senate of the University of Lethbridge and the Senate on selection committees. As a voice for the Foothills on the Senate, Mary made invaluable connections between the university and our local schools.Her wealth of experience in education gives her a unique perspective to the challenges of the position of Trustee. Mary raised 2 daughters in our community, and is now a proud grandparent. She clearly sees all aspects of the education environment and is ideally suited and ready for the challenges as FSD 38 Trustee for Ward 4, Okotoks.
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My name is Cindy Krebs and I am running for School Trustee for Okotoks Ward 4. I was born and raised in Valleyview, Alberta and moved to Calgary with my husband Greg in 1996. I moved to Okotoks in 2006 to be part of a smaller community to raise our four children. I have had two of my children graduate from the Foothills Composite High School and the other two are still in Junior and Senior High in Okotoks. As a family we have been very active in the Okotoks community in the arts and sports programs. For the past two years I have worked at the Foothills Composite High School as a Learning Commons Facilitator. This has given myself a current first hand perspective of our education system in relation to students, teachers, parents, and community. Also, I have a background in sales and owned a marketing business for over ten years and I have volunteered as a Director with the Okotoks Oilers Athletic Association Board for the past five years. I am motivated by giving back to the Okotoks community which has given my family so much to be proud of for the past ten years.
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I worked for Provincial Parks in Alberta for 35 years until I retired as an Urban Park Planner. While I was stationed at Fish Creek Provincial Park as a park ranger I was very involved in the development and supervision of the environmental education program for both the park and the province. Presently I am the owner of DWM Consults Ltd. which plans and builds engineered wetlands, urban pathways and develops operational plans for parks. I have lived in Okotoks for over 25 years and have been involved in the following areas: Town councillor in the 90s; A member of the original DARE board and its president for a number of years; Developed and wrote the River Valley plan, Active Transportation plan for the town of Okotoks; Original member of Healthy Okotoks Coalition and its president for a number of years; Member of many boards and committees in Okotoks over the years such as the Recreation Board, River Valley Committee, FCSS; Was a advisor to both schools in Calgary and Okotoks in the development of green schools and native vegetation schoolyards. I am involved with many other volunteer committees that work to improve and educate about our environment especially areas along our waterways.
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Sharon Nichols was born in Calgary and, after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary, graduated from Ottawa Teachers’ College. Her career in education has included teaching elementary and special education, and serving in administrative and curriculum leader roles. Upon leaving the classroom, Sharon served as an Alberta Initiative for School Improvement Learning Leader for the Calgary Board of Education, then as director of education at the Calgary Urban Project Society’s One World Child Development Centre, where she guided programming to ensure quality learning experiences for early childhood learners. For the past nine years, Sharon has been an instructor at the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education teaching undergraduate courses in curriculum studies and assessment practices, as well as supervising student teachers during their field experiences in Calgary and Okotoks. Sharon’s involvement in the community includes volunteering at the Okotoks Public Library where she also served as a Trustee and Board Chair. She participated in the 2009 stakeholder engagement process to define Alberta’s educational goals and was a member of the Okotoks Post-Secondary Education Committee, investigating avenues to expand post-secondary learning opportunities. Sharon and her husband have two adult children and are proud grandparents.
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I am a proud resident of High River for almost 4 decades. My wife Cathy and myself raised our three children in High River and we are fortunate to have our daughter, her husband and two wonderful grand children living in our town. I enjoyed a very rewarding 37 year career as a FSD educator before retiring in 2014. The majority of my time as a teacher was in High River. My passion for education comes from my experiences as a teacher, coach, vice principal and principal in various Foothills schools. My work in education has allowed me to gain a deep understanding of the education process. I have been an active community supporter over my entire time in High River. Very involved in a local service club and community initiatives. Besides coaching a number of school based sports, I have been involved in coaching and serving on boards of minor sports in High River. I have served on the Town of High River Recreation Board and am presently serving on the Town of High River Assessment Review Board. I am a member of High River Citizens on Patrol. I believe my education, experience and passion to support our community allow me to be a very effective representative of the citizens of High River and a champion of education for our children and grand children.
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Education has been Doug Gardner's life. A Bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education Degree set Doug on his career path. Doug came to High River in 1969 to teach. He was instrumental in starting the Mustang Football team and was honoured by the community with an award for his involvement with Students Sports. He has been actively involved in many community activities, boards and clubs as a member and by taking on leadership rolls. After a successful teaching career at Senator Riley High school and Highwood High school, Doug became the Ward 5 High River Public School Trustee for Foothills School Division. Solid academic results, new schools, modernizations, a great working relationship with municipal partners and the compassion shown by FSD staff as the community rallied to rebuild after the flood are some of the highlights Doug has been proud to be a part of. During his time as Trustee, he has been Chairman, Vice Chair and been a member of all standing committees. Doug was also elected by his peers to be a director of the Alberta School Board Association on two separate occasions and he was honoured with the President's Award by the Alberta School Council Association. Doug brings the continuity, stability, corporate history and experience necessary to help move the Foothills School Division forward.
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Jenn Kristiansen is a passionate member of the vibrant High River Community continually volunteering her time for numerous groups within the High River area including team management of youth sports programs, construction of community gardens, and the organization of a fundraising society for the students at Senator Riley School. Jenn and her husband Matt Kristiansen are the owners of Ethan Karter Construction, a local design build general contractor which was the 2017 High River Business Volunteer of the Year. Jenn Kristiansen grew up in Okotoks, the daughter of a now retired teacher in the Foothills School Division. Jenn was part of the first graduating class out of the Alberta High School of Fine Arts/Foothills Composite High School. Jenn and her family moved to High River in 2005. She is a mother to two children who have both attended schools within the Foothills School Division. Her daughter recently graduated from Ecole Secondaire Highwood High School, and her son currently attends school at Ecole Senator Riley Middle School. With a passion for excellence and a deep rooted belief in her community, Jenn looks forward to the challenges ahead as School Trustee.