Board of Trustees Gives First Reading of Policy 19: Acknowledging Territories of Indigenous Communities within Division Events

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) Board of Trustees is seeking feedback from stakeholders regarding Policy 19: Acknowledging Territories of Indigenous Communities within Division Events, which was given first reading at the October 18th Regular Board Meeting.  This policy states that the traditional lands of First Nations and Metis people will be acknowledged at the beginning of every public event or public meeting hosted by the division, and was created in response to Call to Action 69 that was included in the report created by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  HFCRD strongly supports the outcomes of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and is committed to doing its part by including the next generations in the reconciliation process. 

“The Board of Trustees is proud to introduce this policy to the division as one small part of the Truth and Reconciliation process.  True reconciliation will never be attained unless younger generations are included in the solution,” said Board Vice Chair Dianne Arcand-Lavoie.  “We want our First Nations, Metis and Inuit stakeholders to know that their history is incredibly important to the division and should be recognized.  As a Metis woman, I personally feel this policy will bring Truth and Reconciliation to the forefront across the division.”

HFCRD asks stakeholders to review the policy and provide their feedback by emailing Superintendent Betty Turpin at  The deadline to submit feedback is Thursday November 10th as the second and third reading of Policy 19 will be at the November 15th Regular Board Meeting.

The policy can be found here. 

Thank You Teachers from the Board of Trustees on World Teachers Day


Today is World Teacher Day and the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) Board of Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank teachers for their outstanding work.  Every day teachers have the great responsibility of educating the future leaders of the world.  It takes a village to raise a child and teachers play an important role in that village.  Our students start school as young children and leave school as mature young adults that have been given the foundation to live their dreams, with large thanks to the contributions of teachers. 

Our board members are in awe of the incredible work happening in HFCRD classrooms every day.  Our hope for teachers is that they know what an integral role they play in the world.  Teachers do more than just educate; they expose children to the world around them, teach them important life lessons and encourage them to be the best versions of themselves.  

We invite our school communities to join us in giving our teachers a resounding round of applause!  We are truly blessed.

HFCRD Recognizes Local Catholic Women’s Leagues with ASBA Friends of Education Award


Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) was pleased to present the 2016 Friends of Education Award to the Catholic Women’s Leagues (CWLs) of St. Rita’s Parish in Valleyview, St. Paul’s Parish in High Prairie and St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral in McLennan at the ASBA Zone One Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday September 22nd.  Annually, the local CWLs generously support the religious programming at St. Stephen’s School, Ecole Providence School and St. Andrew’s School. 

“HFCRD is blessed to have hard working and dedicated Catholic Women’s Leagues that are so generous to our school communities,” said HFCRD Board Chair Kelly Whalen.  “Every year, these women give their time and energy to their community and to their local schools.  These generous contributions deserve to be recognized.”

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in Gospel values that calls its members to holiness through service to the people of God.  In HFCRD school communities, they support students who receive the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.  They host luncheons, provide gifts such as candles and rosaries, and prepare certificates for students.  Each year, the CWL provides bibles for the grade four students and crosses for the grade nine students.  They also provide donations for the snack programs inside the schools to assist the schools to provide nutritional snacks and promote healthy choices.  Among the many things the CWL does for the greater community, they have an education committee that deals with responsibilities in the area of Catholic education, Catholic schools, catechesis, rights of Christian initiation, continuing education, scholarships and bursaries.

“As a member of the Catholic Women’s League in High Prairie, I see first-hand the outstanding contributions these wonderful women make to HFCRD schools,” said Trustee Carmelle Lizee.  “They are dedicated Catholic citizens who genuinely care about their community and about making the world a better place.”

Each year, HFCRD recognizes one person or group for their outstanding contribution to local schools.  Nominees should regularly demonstrate their commitment to the improvement of education for Alberta students.  Annually, HFCRD principals submit nominations for the award to the Board of Trustees, who ultimately choose the award winner.

HFCRD Edwin Parr Nominee Eric Gilmour Wins Zone One Edwin Parr Award!


Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) warmly congratulates teacher Eric Gilmour, who was named the Zone One Edwin Parr Award winner for his work at Glenmary School in Peace River last year.  Gilmour, who was a first year teacher in the 2015/16 school year, was given this award at the ASBA Zone One awards banquet on Thursday September 22nd by ASBA President Helen Clease, and the Zone One Edwin Parr selection committee: High Prairie School Division Board Chair and ASBA Zone One Chair Tammy Henkel, Peace River School Division Vice Chair Louise Woroniuk and Peace Wapiti School District Trustee Sharilyn Anderson.

“I am honoured to be selected as the Zone One Edwin Parr Award winner.  It is such an honour to be recognized at this level for my hard work,” said Eric.  “Thank you to former Glenmary School Principal John Wiedrick for nominating me for this award and to the Glenmary staff for warmly welcoming me to the school and supporting me through my first year of teaching.  And a special thank you to teacher Brendan Nichols who answered all my questions and ensured I felt welcomed in the school.”

Through Eric’s participation in HFCRD’s New Teacher Mentoring Program, HFCRD Learning Coaches supported Eric throughout his successful first year of teaching.  In his classroom, Eric successfully catered to a wide range of learning styles in his class and developed excellent relationships with students.  Every class was an engaging mix of audio, visual and kinesthetic learning activities.  Outside of the classroom, Eric was involved in the community by volunteering as a football coach for the Peace River Pioneers.  Unfortunately, Eric is no longer with Glenmary School as he was offered a teaching position in his hometown of Leduc where he lives closer to family and friends.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I congratulate Eric for this outstanding achievement.  He is a gifted young teacher that will go far in his teaching career,” said HFCRD Board Chair Kelly Whalen.  “I congratulate all Zone 1 Edwin Parr Award nominees.  As many could feel in the award ceremony, Zone 1 is blessed with many talented first-year teachers.”

The Edwin Parr award is given annually to eight first-year teachers across the province.  Every year, school boards in Zone 1 recognize exceptional first-year teachers in their divisions with an Edwin Parr Nomination.  All nominees in Zone 1 are recognized at the ASBA Fall General Meeting Awards Banquet where the Zone 1 Award winner is announced by the selection committee.  As the Zone 1 Edwin Parr Award winner, Eric will attend the ASBA banquet in Edmonton to be recognized provincially for this outstanding accomplishment.  Congratulations Eric!

HFCRD Welcomes 14 New Teachers

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division No. 37 (HFCRD) is pleased to welcome 14 new teachers to the division for the 2016/17 school year.  All new teachers attended two days of orientation on August 25th and 26th to introduce them to the HFCRD and better prepare them for their first year in the division.  On August 25th, new teachers attended orientation specific to HFCRD.  Teachers had the opportunity to meet Central Office staff and become acquainted with the division’s policies and procedures.  Teachers spent the day learning about who we are as a division and what we value, and had the opportunity to learn about assessment, mentorship, classroom management and planning from HFCRD’s Learning Coach team.

“HFCRD warmly welcomes these wonderful new teachers to our division.  We are so blessed to have such talented teachers joining our staff,” said HFCRD Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Each year, our Learning Coaches do an excellent job of welcoming new teachers and this year is no exception.”

Teachers also attended the Tri-Divisional New Teachers’ Orientation on Friday August 26th at GP Vanier School in Donnelly.  Co-hosted by HFCRD, Peace River School Division and High Prairie School Division, the Tri-Divisional New Teachers’ Orientation gave teachers the opportunity to learn about student engagement, best practices, relationship building and recommended routines and procedures. 

“We’ve had a very positive response from the over 60 teachers who attended the Tri-Divisional Orientation,” said HFCRD Learning Coach Mary Briand.  “We strive to treat all staff just like family and we want all teachers to know we are here to support them every step of the way.  We want their first year of teaching to be a positive experience.”

HFCRD wishes all teachers a successful 2016/17 school year!

Welcome Back to School!

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I welcome students, parents, staff and community members back to school for the 2016/17 school year!  I hope you all had a restful summer break and are ready to go back to school.  As your new Board Chair, I am very eager about the exciting year ahead.  Holy Family Catholic Regional Division is a very progressive division that consistently takes bold steps forward, and this upcoming year is no exception.  For your information, below are just a few items that are new in our division for 2016/17.  If you have any questions about specific projects, please contact the HFCRD Central Office and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Welcome 14 New HFCRD Teachers

We are blessed to welcome 14 new teachers to our division this year.  We were very excited to welcome them to the division at the New Teachers’ Orientation.  New teachers spent one day learning about HFCRD, who we are as a division and the many supports available to them.  Teachers also spent two days at the Tri-Divisional New Teacher Orientation, in partnership with Peace River School Division and High Prairie School Division where they took part in Professional Development about student engagement, mentorship programs, relationship building, among many others.  I wish all new teachers a successful first year with our division.

Grimshaw Shared Schools Facility

The project has officially began last year and work is currently being completed. The estimated completion date of early 2017 is still expected to be met.  The doors of the new schools will open on the first day of school in September 2017.  We are enjoying watching this project take shape and I look forward to seeing this facility become a central hub for the community of Grimshaw.

Glenmary School Modernization

The Glenmary School modernization officially began on August 9th.  Although daily school operations during the modernization could be challenging, I am confident that Glenmary School staff and students will remain positive throughout the process.  We will work hard to ensure the construction interferes with regular classes as little as possible.  Before you know it, the next school year will be starting and Glenmary will offer many new programs thanks to this modernization.  Thank you to our staff, students and community members for your patience during this time of transition.  The enhancements will certainly be worth the wait!

Catholic Leadership Academy

Our division recognizes that strong leadership is an integral part to every successful school.  For the second year, we are supporting our teachers who want to be the future leaders of our division.  Ten teachers have signed up to take part in the Catholic Leadership Academy that will prepare them for leadership roles in the division.  These roles could be as administrators or leaders of any capacity – we are committed to supporting our staff become the leaders of tomorrow.  Facilitated by Jamie McNamara, the Academy will meet four times throughout the school year.   We look forward to witnessing the growth of our future HFCRD leaders!

A new school year is always full of anticipation and excitement.  I wish everyone a successful 2016/17 school year!

God Bless,

Kelly Whalen
Board Chair

Whalen Elected Chair and Arcand-Lavoie as Vice-Chair

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division No. 37 (HFCRD) is pleased to announce the election of Board Chair Kelly Whalen and Vice Chair Dianne Arcand-Lavoie.  The nominations and elections took place at the 2016/17 HFCRD Board of Trustees Organizational Meeting on Friday August 26th.  Both nominations were not contested. 

 “I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve as Board Chair of HFCRD and I thank the Board of Trustees for electing me into this new role.  Thank you to Dianne for her many years of service as Board Chair.” said Board Chair Kelly Whalen.  “HFCRD is an amazing school division that provides quality Catholic education to Peace Country students, and I look forward to leading HFCRD through the exciting year ahead.”  First elected as a Ward 4 Trustee in the January 2011 by-election, Whalen is starting his sixth year on the HFCRD Board of Trustees.  Whalen also served as a Trustee with St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools for four years.

Both Board Chair Whalen and Vice Chair Arcand-Lavoie are dedicated Trustees with many years of experience serving on the HFCRD Board of Trustees.  Board Chair Whalen has increased his involvement with HFCRD in recent years to better prepare himself for his new role.  He has sat on the Facilities Committee, Ft Vermilion Committee, Negotiations Committee, Grimshaw Shared Schools Facility Project Committee and the Glenmary School Modernization Committee in recent years.  His committed involvement with HFCRD has well-prepared him for the role of Board Chair.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my six years as Board Chair and am now ready to step down.  I have enjoyed my time as Board Chair very much and thank the Board of Trustees for many wonderful years,” said the newly-elected Vice Chair Dianne Arcand-Lavoie.  “Board Chair Whalen is a strong leader and I am confident that he will do a fantastic job of leading our Board.”  First elected as a Ward 4 Trustee in 2004, Arcand-Lavoie is starting her 13th year on the Board of Trustees.


2016/2017 HFCRD Committee Appointments

*The Chair is ex-officio on all Committees.

Community Engagement Committee

·         Trustee Fisher, Trustee Cailliau

Finance Committee

·         Trustee Lizee, Vice Chair Lavoie, Trustee David Badger

·         Trustee Fisher (alternate)

Facilities Committee

·         Trustee Fisher, Trustee David, Vice Chair Whalen.

·         Trustee Cailliau (alternate)

Ft Vermillion Educational Services Agreement Committee

·         Trustee Michaud

·         Trustee Lizee (alternate)

Negotiations Committee

·         Vice Chair Lavoie, Trustee Fisher, Trustee Lizee

·         Trustee David Badger (alternate)

Ad Hoc Committee – High Prairie Partnership

·         Board Chair Whalen, Trustee Lizee, Trustee Fisher

·         Trustee Wright (alternate)

Teacher Board Advisory Committee (TBAC)

·         Trustee Michaud, Trustee Lizee, Trustee Fisher

·         Vice Chair Lavoie (alternate)

Ad Hoc Committee – Grimshaw Schools Shared Facility Project

·         Board Chair Whalen, Vice Chair Lavoie

·         Trustee David Badger (alternate)

Ad Hoc Committee – Glenmary School Modernization

·         Board Chair Whalen, Vice Chair Lavoie

·         Trustee Fisher (alternate)

Student Discipline and Appeals Committee

·         Whole Board

Personnel Committee (Tabled to September Board Meeting)

·         Trustee Cailliau, Trustee Lizee and Trustee Fisher. 

·         Trustee Michaud (alternate)

Budget Committee (Tabled to September Board Meeting)

·         Trustee Gayton, Trustee David and Trustee Fisher. 

·        Trustee Wright (alternate)

Ad Hoc Committee – EP School Viability/Closure

·         dissolved

Ad Hoc Committee – C2

·         dissolved

Ad Hoc Committee – Selection of Edwin Parr Nominee

·         dissolved


Board Representatives


Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association

·         Trustee Cailliau, Trustee Michaud (alternate)

Alberta School Boards Association Zone 1

·         Vice Chair Lavoie, Trustee Lizee (alternate)

Grimshaw Community Services Board

·         Trustee Gayton

High Prairie Joint Use and Facilities Board

·         Trustee Lizee

Peace River Community Services Board

·         Vice Chair Arcand-Lavoie

Peace River Joint Use Recreation Board

·         Board Chair Whalen

Grimshaw Community Services Board

·         Board Chair Whalen

McLennan Joint Use Facilities

·         Trustee Fisher

Valleyview Joint Use and Facilities

·         Trustee Cailliau, Trustee David Badger (alternate

Archdiocesan Pastoral Committee

·         Trustee Fisher, Trustee Lizee (alternate)

TEBA Representative

·         Vice Chair Lavoie

Stéphane Gaudreau Named Vice Principal at Glenmary School

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stéphane Gaudreau as the second Vice Principal of Glenmary School in Peace River.  ​Stéphane has been a teacher at Glenmary School since 2010 and will remain in his teaching position until a replacement teacher is hired.  The second Vice Principal position was added to Glenmary School this year in response to the recent increases in enrolment at the school.  Stéphane joins Principal Dominique Jean and Vice Principal Lauri Goudreault to complete the administrative team in the school. 

“We are very excited to have Stéphane join the Glenmary School administrative team.  We had the privilege of witnessing his leadership skills and watching him grow in his faith in the 2015/16 Catholic Leadership Academy,” said HFCRD Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “We are confident that he will be a good fit in his new role and a good fit for this new administrative team.”

Stéphane Gaudreau grew up in a military family and had the opportunity to experience educational systems throughout Canada and Germany. He graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2008 studying in French with a Bachelor of Arts double major in philosophy and ethics in society. A year later, he attended Nipissing University in order to receive his teaching degree. Stéphane went on to teach in different schools in England for a year before joining Glenmary’s staff in December 2010 as a Junior High French Immersion Teacher. He has been involved in the community ever since, coaching basketball, helping in the organization of different social justice activities as well as volunteering at swim meets and triathlons – thanks to his wonderful wife Jaimie.

“I look forward to joining a great administration team at Glenmary and to continue working with an incredible staff,” said Stéphane.

Glenmary School Modernization Officially Breaks Ground

Superintendent Betty Turpin and Hayden Gust of TH Gust broke ground at the
Glenmary School modernization on August 9th


On Tuesday August 9th, the modernization of Glenmary School began as phase one contractor TH Gust officially broke ground.  As part of phase one, TH Gust is currently moving the school’s portable classrooms to create space for the construction of a 3000 square foot CTS lab that will offer millwrighting, carpentry and welding programs.  This phase of construction is expected to be completed before school starts on September 1st.  The second phase of construction will begin during semester one and will cause as little disruption to students as possible, thanks to the creative timetabling by Glenmary administration.  The 7.5 million dollar total investment in Glenmary School is slated for completion in August 2017. 

"We are very pleased that the first phase of construction has begun on schedule and is being completed by a local contractor.  We want this modernization to benefit students and the Peace River community as much as possible," said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “This modernization will give students new opportunities that will open many doors in their future careers.  This is a very exciting time for Glenmary School.”

The modernization will bring several new programs to Glenmary students including millwrighting, welding, carpentry and aesthetics.  These new programs will give students the experience they need to make better career decisions after they graduate.  The modernization will also include upgrading the culinary arts lab, art facilities and music room.  The front entrance of the school will have significant modernizations including raising the roof and the relocation of the school office.  There will be significant upgrades to classrooms, foundations, heating systems and to increase energy efficiency throughout the building.  The modernization will update the aging building and create more space for the school’s enrollment increases in recent years.

The tender for the next phases will be put out by Alberta Infrastructure at the end of August and the modernization is scheduled to be completed by August 2017.

Modernization Schedule

Phase 1 - currently underway

  • Move portables
  • Prepare and grade site of CTS lab

Phase 2

  • Create new science labs where staff room and a classroom are currently located
  • Upgrade food studies lab (no food studies classes will be held in semester 1 during construction)
  • Prepare space for addition of large CTS lab where art room is currently located
  • Pour concrete for CTS lab and new school office

Phase 3

  • Create new school office, staff room, and meeting rooms where science classrooms are currently located
  • Build new chapel near front entrance
  • Move in to new science labs where staff room and a classroom are currently located
  • Enlarge front entrance

Phase 4

  • Create aesthetics salon where school office is currently located
  • Modernize washrooms throughout the school


Non-Phased Items (timing at discretion of contractor)

  • Modernize art room at south end of school (art classes will continue throughout the construction process)
  • Upgrade music room, including new practice rooms and adding wheelchair-accessibility
  • Numerous upgrades to the look of the building (flooring and paint)
  • Modernize classroom near staff entrance
  • Modernize library including all new flooring and four break-out rooms for students and their aides (library will remain functional throughout the construction process)
  • Modernize classroom behind drama room, with the latest classroom technology (including a whiteboard wall, interactive television via internet technologies enabling class to class interactions across the world, and full sound technology)

HFCRD Welcomes New Finance Team at Central Office

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to welcome Aimee Hirtle and Lana Fulcher to HFCRD’s finance team, commencing in the 2016/17 school year.  Aimee Hirtle joins the division as Corporate Treasurer, replacing Helen Diaz who is retiring after 27 years with HFCRD.  Lana Fulcher joins the division as a Financial Administrative Assistant.

“HFCRD warmly welcomes these two new additions to our central office team,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Both Aimee and Lana have a wealth of experience that will be great assets to their respective positions in the division.”

Aimee Hirtle, Corporate Treasurer


Aimee Hirtle received a Bachelor of General Studies major in accounting from Athabasca University through Grande Prairie Regional College in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation (now called Chartered Professional Accountant) a few years later. She has been working in public accounting for 12 years doing a large variety of files but primarily auditing many different organizations. Aimee has progressed in her career up to a management position. She brings experience in auditing similar organizations as well as budgeting and financial statement preparation and analysis. She is a strong advocate of honesty, efficiency, accuracy and hard work.  Aimee has been very involved in the community through various organizations and sports teams.  HFCRD looks forward to welcoming Aimee as Corporate Treasurer on Monday August 29th!


Lana Fulcher, Financial Administrative Assistant


Lana Fulcher was born and raised in Grande Prairie and attended university in Lethbridge.  She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2008 and has 13 years of experience in both public practice and industry.  She has lived in Peace River since 2001 with her husband and two children.  She has volunteered in the community for numerous organizations, including the Peace River & District Chamber of Commerce, the Peace River Ski Club, and the Peace Regional Motorsport Association.  HFCRD looks forward to welcoming Lana as Financial Administrative Assistant on Monday August 29th!

HFCRD wishes current Corporate Treasurer Helen Diaz the best as she retires after 27 years with HFCRD!