Eveline Charles Academy Announces Peace River Campus Attached to Glenmary School


The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is thrilled to announce that EvelineCharles Academy (ECA) will open a Peace River Campus in February 2018 attached to Glenmary School in Peace River. The ECA Peace River Campus will offer high school cosmetology courses as well as training for post-secondary students in hair styling and esthetics.  ECA CEO Eveline Charles and President Lina Heath joined HFCRD Board Chair Kelly Whalen and Superintendent Betty Turpin at Glenmary School to make the announcement in front of all senior high school students, parents, staff and dignitaries.

“We are thrilled to welcome EvelineCharles Academy Peace River Campus to Glenmary School.  This campus will greatly benefit students at Glenmary School and students across the Peace region,” said Board Chair Kelly Whalen.  “HFCRD is committed to providing high quality career training to students.  This campus is fantastic news for families in the north - it will allow students to get post-secondary trades training at home.”

Eveline Charles is one of the most recognized names in the Canadian hair salon and day spa industry.  Throughout her 40 years in the beauty industry, Eveline Charles has been honoured for her leadership, innovation and remarkable business accomplishments. Her countless entrepreneurial awards include Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2011 and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, EvelineCharles salons and spas have won Consumers Choice awards for seven years in a row.  Eveline Charles currently operates two campuses in Edmonton and Calgary, and six salons across Alberta.  The Peace River Campus will offer high school cosmetology classes and post-secondary esthetics and hair styling under the instruction of a Red Seal hair stylist and esthetician, and offer an online component utilizing the Holy Family CyberHigh online learning platform.

“Having grown up in Falher, I understand the struggle of having to leave your hometown, your family and friends in pursuit of a post-secondary education,” said Eveline Charles.  “My hope is that this campus will allow more students in the north to pursue their dreams without having to leave their home communities.  These students will no longer have to choose one or the other - they will be able to have both.”

The campus will be located in Glenmary School, and construction will begin this summer.  Glenmary School is currently undergoing a $7.5 million modernization that includes a new cosmetology suite, trades lab, culinary arts space, science labs, a relocated school office, and many other upgrades throughout the school.  All elements of the modernization are currently under construction, or scheduled to begin this summer.


HFCRD Welcomes David Amiot as Principal of Glenmary School


The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to welcome David Amiot as the Principal of Glenmary School, commencing in the 2017/18 school year.  David, who is currently a Senior Manager with the Office of the Registrar with Alberta Education, brings a wealth of experience as a teacher and administrator in elementary, Junior High and Senior High levels.  In his current role with Alberta Education, David is responsible for investigating conduct and competency complaints and prosecuting cases against superintendents, principals and teachers.  He was also the Provincial Lead for revising both the Teaching Quality Standard Applicable to the Provision of Basic Education in Alberta (TQS) and the Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation Policy (TGSEP).

“We are very excited to welcome David to Glenmary School, HFCRD and the Peace River community.  He has many years of valuable experience at various levels in education throughout the province,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “David’s experience is ideal for a large, academic, and well-rounded school like Glenmary.  We look forward to seeing the school continue to thrive under his leadership.”

David’s leadership background includes being the former principal of two large high schools, a middle school and an elementary school.  His diverse career experience also includes being a Provincial Achievement Test Examiner for Social Studies and English Language Arts as well as a University of Alberta Instructor and Facilitator who supported student teachers during their field experience placements.

David was directly involved in the development of a new Principal Leadership Quality Standard (PLQS) and a new Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (SLQS) that are both targeted to become Ministerial Orders this fall. He was also the Provincial Coordinator for Reviews by the Minister dealing with student expulsions and special education placements, Provincial Coordinator for Special Needs Tribunals, and leading ministerial investigations.

In his personal life, David successfully completed the Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache twice as part of a relay team in 2010 & 2011. He enjoys weight and fitness training and is an avid Montreal Canadiens fan. Above all else, David and his wife Mona enjoy every single moment with their 18-month-old son, Deklan.

David and his family are very excited to be joining Holy Family Catholic Regional Division and being part of the Peace River community. He looks forward to helping students embrace fundamental values of the Catholic faith and realizing their highest potential.

HFCRD wishes current Principal Dominique Jean the best in his future endeavors!  

Year End Awards and Masses at HFCRD Schools


The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) warmly invites its school communities to celebrate the end of the 2016/17 school year at HFCRD year-end awards and masses.  Please join us in celebrating the end of another successful school year, and another milestone for HFCRD families.

Year End Masses

École Providence School –      Thursday June 22nd at 9:00am
Glenmary School –                 Wednesday June 7th 10:00 am (Glenmary)
Good Shepherd School –        Thursday June 1st 10:00am (Our Lady of Peace Parish)
Holy Family School -              Tuesday June 13th 1:15pm (Holy Family Parish)
Rosary School -                      Friday June 23rd 1:00pm (St. James the Major Parish)
St. Andrew’s School -             Friday June 16th 10:30am (Elementary – St. Paul’s Parish)
                                              Friday June 16th 2:00pm (Jr/Sr High – St. Paul’s Parish)
St. Stephen’s School -            Wednesday June 7th 11:00am
                                              Friday June 23rd 5:00pm – grade 9 mass


Year End Awards

École Providence School –      Tuesday June 27th 1:30pm
Glenmary School –                 Wednesday June 14th 1:00pm (Sr High)
                                              Wednesday June 21st 9:00am (Jr High)
Good Shepherd School –         Monday June 26th 12:00pm
Holy Family School -               Wednesday June 21st 7:00pm
Rosary School -                      Wednesday June 21st 1:00pm
St. Andrew’s School -             Thursday June 15th 7:00pm (Jr/Sr High)
                                               Friday June 23rd 12:30pm (grades K-3)
                                               Friday June 23rd 2:00pm (grades 4-6)
St. Stephen’s School -             Monday June 19th 7:00pm

Catholic School Trustee Election Information Session June 7th

Are you interested in becoming a Catholic School Trustee?  Are you feeling called to this vocation?  Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) invites prospective trustee candidates to attend the Catholic Trustee Information Session hosted by the Alberta Catholic School Trustee Association (ACSTA) on Wednesday June 7th at 7:00pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grande Prairie.  For interested candidates who are unable to attend in person, the session will be broadcasted live at this link: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/edu.gpcsd.ca/acsta.

The event, hosted by the ACSTA and Archbishop Pettipas, will include information about the role of a trustee, the uniqueness of the Catholic trustee and the relationship with the local bishop.  Attendees both in person and online will have the opportunity to ask questions.

HFCRD encourages its supporters to run for the office of elected Catholic School Board Trustee.  The next election is October 16, 2017.  Nomination day will be held four weeks prior to election on Monday September 18, 2017.  Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the HFCRD election information page here for information about becoming a trustee, nomination forms and campaigning guidelines.

Larissa Vant Erve Named 2017 HFCRD Edwin Parr Award Nominee


Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to announce Larissa Vant Erve has been named HFCRD’s 2017 Edwin Parr Award Nominee.  Vant Erve was selected at the April 25th Regular Board Meeting after being nominated by Good Shepherd School Principal Sandra Ciurysek.  Vant Erve, a first year teacher at Good Shepherd School, has demonstrated teaching abilities and strategies that are beyond her years in her grade four classroom.

“Larissa is very deserving of this nomination.  She is an outstanding teacher who is considerate of students’ individual needs and learning styles.  She makes a conscious effort to include a variety of multi-sensory activities within her lessons and instruction,” said Principal Sandra Ciurysek.  “Larissa works hard and is dedicated to her goal of making a difference in the lives of students.  It is my pleasure to offer support to Larissa as a promising teacher and educational leader.”

Vant Erve, who is originally from Manning, graduated from the University of Alberta in 2016 earning her Bachelor of Education specializing in elementary education.  During her first year of teaching, Vant Erve has demonstrated her exceptional abilities to connect with students and staff, and has become a positive addition to the school culture at Good Shepherd.  Outside of the classroom, she is very involved with school activities and is quick to offer help when it is needed.  Vant Erve volunteers on the school’s Spiritual Formation Team that plans faith events and creates faith-filled experiences for students and staff.  She also continues to be very active in her hometown parish in Manning where she teaches Children’s Liturgy on a regular basis. 

“I am very honoured to be nominated for this prestigious award.  Thank you to Sandra Ciurysek for nominating me, and to the Board of Trustees for selecting me as the division’s nominee,” said Vant Erve.  “I am very lucky to have spent my first year of teaching in the positive atmosphere at Good Shepherd, and I am very grateful to staff and students for making this year a positive experience.  I look forward to many more years of teaching.”

Vant Erve describes her first year of teaching as very busy, challenging and rewarding.  She says her favourite part of teaching is the lightbulb moments when students begin to understand a concept.  Next year, she will be teaching grade three and she says she looks forward to the new experience and hopes to continue teaching a variety of grades throughout her career.

Every year, an outstanding first-year teacher is recognized by the HFCRD Board of Trustees with an Edwin Parr Nomination.  All nominees in Zone 1 are recognized at a Fall banquet where the Zone 1 Nominee is announced by the selection committee.  The Zone 1 Nominee then goes to the provincial level in the hopes of earning one of the six provincial awards.  Good luck to Larissa!

HFCRD Receives $27,796 Carbon Credit Through Bull Creek Wind Project

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) was pleased to receive the first carbon offset payment of $27,796 from the Bull Creek Wind Project.  This credit is from HFCRD’s share of the sale of the carbon emission reductions from January to December 2016 that were registered by BluEarth Renewable on the Alberta Emission offset Registry.  With the price of carbon for large industrial emitters rising to $20 per tonne in January 2017 and it being projected to rise to $30 per tonne in January 2018, the value of HFCRD’s carbon credits are expected to increase by 16.6% in 2017 and 50% in 2018.

“We are very excited to report that green energy has been a worthwhile investment for HFCRD to date,” said Board Chair Kelly Whalen.  “We look forward to many more years of partnership with the Alberta Schools Community Purchasing Consortium as we work toward being green energy leaders in education.”

HFCRD is among 24 Alberta school divisions that entered in the Alberta Schools Commodity Purchasing Consortium (CPC) in 2005 in response to the volatile energy prices in the early 2000s.  The aim of the CPC was to find an alternative energy source that was also more stable.  The CPC is expected to reduce an estimated 80,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is equivalent to the emissions of 16,842 passenger vehicles.  Each division in the CPC signed a 25 year contract, and is now earning annual rebates.  School divisions are expected to earn their investment back in approximately 15 years, with the strong probability that the project will become profitable in the remaining 10 years of the contract.  

In order to change to wind energy, the CPC created the Bull Creek Wind Facility.  The project included the construction of 17 turbines located 20km Northeast of Provost, as well as access roads, power lines, distribution-level connection equipment and an operations facility. The CPC contracted the construction of the Bull Creek Wind Facility to BluEarth Renewable Energy Inc. of Calgary through a competitive public process.  The facility began full operations at the beginning of January 2016 and has a nameplate capacity of 29 megawatts, producing enough renewable energy annually to power nearly 500 school facilities across Alberta. 

More information about the Bull Creek Wind Project can be found here http://www.bluearthrenewables.com/portfolio/bull-creek-wind-project/  and a video about the project can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN7v4E6oBOA&feature=youtu.be.

HFCRD Welcomes Roy Petitfils for 2017 Faith Day

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to welcome Roy Petitfils as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Division Faith Day on Monday May 15th and a student Faith Day on May 16th.  Roy Petitfils is an internationally-recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers.   He uses humour, passion, clinical and life experience to help adults connect with teens and teens to know, understand and love themselves.  

The theme for the day is “Blessed, Broken and Shared – Seeing ourselves, our lives and our ministry through a Eucharistic Lens,” which challenges staff to see God, themselves, their colleagues and students as being “Blessed” (gifted, unique), “Broken” (wounded, sinful), and “Shared” (a hunger for intimacy through relationships and service).   The day aims to give staff opportunities to grow in their faith and give them the tools to access more meaning and purpose from Mass, their personal life and their vocation. 

“We are very excited to welcome Roy to our division to spread his positive message with staff,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Each year, HFCRD staff is blessed to have a day of reflection at Faith Day, that we hope helps staff members grow both personally and professionally.”

Faith Day is an annual celebration that brings all HFCRD staff together for a day of fellowship and reflection about their faith journey.  The 2017 Division Faith Days will weave the division’s themes of Fostering Communities of Care: Building Catholic Citizens, Building Healthy Relationships, and Building Ethical Action and The Hands, Feet and Voice of Christ.  These themes are woven into all celebrations, from the school year kick-off mass, to the school-based Faith Days and now to the student and staff Faith Days.  At this year’s Faith Day, the winners of the Art Contest will also be announced.

More information about Roy can be found on his website or in his popular Tedx Talk.

HFCRD Board of Trustees Approve 2017/18 School Calendars

At the April 25th Regular Board Meeting, the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) Board of Trustees approved the 2017/18 school calendar.  Decisions about the school calendar were made to best meet student learning needs, as well as the needs of families and communities.  Due to the transportation constraints of having HFCRD transportation being provided by three neighbouring school divisions, multiple calendars are needed once again.

2017/18 Division Calendars can be found on the school calendar page of the division website.


2017/18 Draft Calendar Highlights:

Start Up Dates
-          First Day for Staff August 28th – 3.5 prep days before school starts, 1 day is a staff meeting/PD Day, 1 day is our school year kickoff Mass & BBQ
-          First Day for Students September 5th - after Labour Day

Prep Days
-          K-8 teachers access 6 prep days
-          9-12 teachers access 5 prep days

3 Divisional Days
-          Staff Meeting/Mass/BBQ August 31
-          Faith Day April 20
-          Division Professional Development September 25

Christmas and Easter Breaks
-          2 full weeks + 1 day at Christmas break – 3 full weekends
-          Friday December 22nd is attached to Christmas break in response to the 2016 C2 survey results where teachers said they liked having an extra day off before Christmas break
-          Common Christmas and Easter breaks for all schools

Last Days of School
-          Last day for K - 9 students June 27
-          Last day for 10 – 12 students June 28
-          Last day for staff June 29

- Extended Long Weekends Where Possible
- Southern schools’ transportation (High Prairie, Valleyview and McLennan schools) will be provided by their regular bussing provider.  No contracted bussing is needed.

Know By Heart Video 3 – Knows How to Learn

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) proudly presents the third video in the Know by Heart video series.  This video gives community members the rare opportunity to hear directly from students about the many innovative ways they learn at school.  Teaching and learning are no longer done in one simple method; teachers are challenging themselves to implement creative strategies that reach kids in fun and interesting ways.

 “HFCRD classrooms are dynamic learning environments that appeal to a variety learning styles and this video shows just that,” said HFCRD Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “We are so pleased to see students getting excited about learning and taking an active role in their education.  The innovative strategies displayed in the video are just a small sample of what’s happening in HFCRD classrooms every day.” 

The HFCRD Learning Coach team, the creators of the Know by Heart video series, collaborated with HFCRD staff to collect video of the many great things happening in HFCRD schools.  This newest video covers the period of time between November 2016 and April 2017.  For more information regarding any of the activities in the video, please ask any HFCRD Learning Coach. 

Previous videos in the Know by Heart video series can be found here: Video 1, Video 2.

Rosary School to Host 11th Annual HFCRD Cultural Hand Games Tournament


Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to announce that Rosary School in Manning will host the 11th Annual HFCRD Cultural Hand Games Tournament on Friday April 28th.  The tournament will include 17 elementary and junior high teams from schools across the division.  Each year, students from across the division form teams and compete in this day-long tournament hosted by an HFCRD school.  This year, we are very fortunate to have the Driftpile drummers at the event, and Devin Belrose as the emcee.

“Our school is very pleased to host this year’s Hand Games Tournament and invite our community to see this traditional First Nations game,” said Rosary School Principal Pat Stokes.  “This event is a wonderful celebration that gives students the opportunity to learn more about First Nations culture.  Students and staff are very excited to participate!”

The public is invited from 10:00am to 1:30pm to watch the teams in action in the school gymnasium.  The public event schedule is as follows:

10:00am Grand Entry

10:30am Tournament Begins

12:00pm Lunch Break

12:30pm Playoffs

1:00pm Awards and Presentations