HFCRD Welcomes Mike Pickles as Assistant Principal of Good Shepherd School

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to welcome Mike Pickles as an Assistant Principal at Good Shepherd School in Peace River.  Mike joins HFCRD with 24 years of teaching experience, including eight years of administrative experience.  Mike worked with all grades from kindergarten to grade 12 in a variety of capacities, as well as with students at the college level.  Most recently, Mike was the Coordinator of Program Development with the Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP) in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

“We are excited to welcome Mike to our division.  Mike brings an outstanding skillset that fits well with the needs of Good Shepherd School and HFCRD,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Mike is bilingual, which will be a tremendous asset to the Good Shepherd’s French Immersion program, and has extensive experience living and working in northern communities.  He has demonstrated a willingness to learn and grow professionally, and we look forward to working with him and watching him grow in his new role.”

Mike is originally from Clare, a small Acadian French community in Nova Scotia.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Education in Social Studies from the NS Teacher’s College in Truro, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum Development from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. Mike fluently speaks both English and French, and has excellent interpersonal skills.  He has taught in all three Northern Territories, as well as overseas in Africa and twice in South America.

Welcome to HFCRD Mike!

Celebration of Life for Patrick Stokes August 21st

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) lost a great man, colleague, principal, teacher and friend.  Patrick Stokes, Principal of Rosary School and an HFCRD employee for over 27 years, passed away suddenly this summer. He leaves behind a lasting legacy that will forever live in the hearts of those who knew him.

Rosary School is hosting a Celebration of Life for Mr. Stokes on Monday August 21st at 7:00pm in the Rosary School gym.  All are invited to join together to celebrate the life of an amazing man who was a pillar in the Rosary School community for over 27 years.  Although this time brings great sadness, we must also pause and reflect on the many blessings Mr. Stokes brought into the countless lives he touched.


2017 - 2018 HFCRD School Calendars


Patrick James Stokes (1966-2017)

It is with great sadness that the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division, announce the sudden passing of Pat Stokes on July 19, 2017 at the age of 50.

He was the beloved husband of Louise Stokes (nee St. Godard),  He was the much loved son of Myrna Stokes, his brother Robert Stokes and his sister Kathleen Stokes and her husband Brian MacLean.  He is predeceased by his Father, Robert Stokes.

Pat was a twenty seven year employee of the school division dedicating his career to Rosary School in Manning.  Pat was a loved teacher, Vice-Principal and for the past four years Principal.

Pat was a good man in every sense of the word.  He put duty to family and job above all.  He was a dedicated and loyal employee.  He coached many sports over the year and beamed with pride over the achievement of his players and students.

He loved golf, snowmobiling, tennis and anything that would take him outdoors. Photography was his passion.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pat's wife, family and Rosary staff, students and parents.

"Pat will be greatly missed", Superintendent Turpin.

- "Remember me with smiles and laughter for that is how I will remember you all.  If you can only remember me with tears then don't remember me at all".

Summer Hours at HFCRD & Back-to-School Information


For School Supply Lists and August Office Hours, please click on the corresponding school:

Rosary School - Manning

Holy Family School – Grimshaw

Good Shepherd School – Peace River

Glenmary School – Peace River

Holy Family Cyber High

Ecole Providence School – McLennan

St. Andrew’s School – High Prairie

St. Stephen’s School – Valleyview


Holy Family Catholic Regional Division Central Office Summer Hours

Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 12:00pm
12:30pm – 4:00pm
(Closed 12:00pm – 12:30pm)

Closed Fridays

Summer hours will commence on Tuesday July 4th, 2017.
Regular hours will resume on Monday August 21st, 2017.

Charlene Noskey Appointed Divisional FNMI Education Coordinator and Cree Language and Aboriginal Studies Teacher

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to announce that Charlene Noskey has been appointed HFCRD’s FNMI Education Coordinator and Cree Language and Aboriginal Studies Teacher.  Charlene began teaching Cree Language and Aboriginal Studies across HFCRD in the 2016/17 school year, and now moves to this newly created role.  Charlene will work primarily in Central Office to support the division-wide FNMI education program, and at St. Stephen’s School in Valleyview as a Cree Language teacher.

“Charlene is a very skilled Cree language teacher and is very knowledgeable about Aboriginal culture.  Our division is thrilled to further utilize her gifts and talents across the division,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.   “HFCRD is very lucky to have Charlene.  Our Board of Trustees has made FNMI education a strategic priority for many years and Charlene’s work has been an important asset to continue the permeation of FNMI culture across the division.”

Charlene Noskey is originally from Loon River First Nation and has been living in Peace River for 5 years. During this time, Charlene enrolled in the University Studies program at the Northern Lakes College that led her to enroll in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program through the University of Alberta. Charlene completed her studies in June 2016, and taught Grade 5 in Little Buffalo from September to November last year. Charlene is married with one son and is fluent in the Cree language. 

Know By Heart Video 4 – Empower Encourage Engage


The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) proudly presents the fourth video in the Know by Heart video series.  This video gives community members the rare opportunity to hear directly from students about the many ways students are empowered, encouraged and engaged at school.  The creative learning strategies featured in the video are implemented in classrooms every day.

“I am very proud of the creative learning strategies implemented by HFCRD teachers.  Schools should be fun places to learn, and this video is a great example of ways students have fun while learning,” said HFCRD Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Our classrooms are dynamic learning environments due to the creativity and hard work of HFCRD staff.  This video is a celebration of their hard work.” 

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 April and June 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, Video 3.

HFCRD Welcomes Tina McDonald as Principal of Good Shepherd School

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to welcome Tina McDonald as the Principal of Good Shepherd School, commencing in the 2017/18 school year.  Tina, who is currently an Assistant Principal at St. Joseph Catholic High School, brings a wealth of experience as a teacher, administrator, Supervisor of FNMI / Graduation Coach. 

“We are very excited to welcome Tina to Good Shepherd School.  She is a leader in both her school and faith communities,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Tina is an excellent fit for Good Shepherd School as she has many years of experience in large schools offering a wide variety of programming.”

Tina graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario in 1995, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and Religious Studies.  In 1997, she completed her Bachelor of Education Degree with a focus on the middle years.  She began teaching in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in 1997 as a French as a Second Language teacher.  During her ten years in Yellowknife, Tina taught late immersion, English Language Arts, French, and various other subjects in grades 1-8. 

In 2005, Tina and her family relocated to Grande Prairie where she began working as a French Immersion Social Studies, Religion, and Physical Education teacher at Ecole St. Gerard.  In 2008, Tina was appointed as the Vice Principal of that school.  From there, Tina assumed various roles (Vice Principal, teacher, Supervisor of FNMI/ Graduation Coach) in the district at both Mother Teresa Catholic School and St. Joseph Catholic High School.

Tina is a very active member of the faith community.  She has offered book study to St Joseph Parish, is a part of several ministries at the Parish, and currently sits on the Parish Pastoral Council.  Tina has a real passion for sport.  She is highly involved in extra curricular activities. She has coached a variety of different sports throughout her teaching career. 

Tina is currently completing her Masters in Educational Leadership from Yorkville University out of Moncton, New Brunswick.  A focus of her education plan has been on Aboriginal Education and French Immersion.  Tina knows and believes in the importance of relationships, collaboration, differentiated instruction, alternative assessment strategies, and community involvement.

Tina is also the proud mother of four beautiful children, Taylor, Kiera, Brooke, and Troy.  She met her husband Les in Yellowknife in 1999.  Together they enjoy river boating, camping, and the great outdoors. 

HFCRD wishes current Principal Sandra Ciurysek the best in her future endeavors!  

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!