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!

Summer Hours at HFCRD & Back-to-School Information

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division is pleased to provide the following summer hours for our central office in Peace River.

Monday – Thursday
7:45am – 12:00pm
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch Break
12:30pm – 5:00pm

Closed Fridays

Summer hours will commence on Monday July 4th, 2016.
Regular hours will resume on Monday August 22nd, 2016.


For school supplies 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

Blessings for a Wonderful Summer

As the 2015/16 school year comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to wish the students, staff, parents and community members of the Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) a fantastic summer break!  Every year, the Board of Trustees is amazed by the hard work that goes on in HFCRD classrooms.  We are impressed by the welcoming atmosphere cultivated in our schools.  We are overwhelmed by the successes and achievements that take place in our schools on any given day. 

Together HFCRD staff, volunteers, parents and community members are educating our future leaders.  Thank you for contributing your time and efforts to educating the next generation.  Our students are blessed to grow up in such positive learning environments.  The 2015/16 school year has been a very memorable one and I look forward to seeing you all again back in the classroom in September.

 For now, I encourage you all to use this well-deserved break to recharge and unplug so that together we can make the 2016/17 school year as memorable as it can be! 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I wish you a blessed summer with family and friends!  

Dianne Arcand-Lavoie
HFCRD Board Chair

HFCRD Welcomes Carlo Poretta as Vice Principal of St. Andrew’s School

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to welcome Carlo Poretta as the Vice Principal of St. Andrew’s School, commencing in the 2016/17 school year.  Carlo has been in school administration for five years and brings a wealth of experience in elementary and secondary schools.  Carlo will join the administrative team at St. Andrew’s, and will focus on the management of the junior and senior high grades in the K-12 school.

“HFCRD is pleased to welcome Carlo to the division and to St. Andrew’s School. He has demonstrated extensive knowledge in many key areas and is a good fit for our division,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Carlo will be a fantastic addition to the St. Andrew’s administrative team and I expect his transition to St. Andrew’s to be a smooth one.”

Carlo earned his Masters in History at York University in Toronto, Ontario.  He also holds a baccalaureate with Honours in political science and history.  He has fostered positive relationships with students and staff throughout his career, and describes his philosophy of education as student centered and firmly believes that all students can succeed.  Carlo is very involved in his community through various committees, organizations and sports teams. 

 “When students’ strengths are highlighted and nurtured, the student builds confidence and resiliency, and this leads to student success both in academics and in personal development,” said Carlo.  “Being an educator brings the invaluable responsibility to positively impact the community and society in which we live, and I will strive to do this to the best of my ability.”

HFCRD wishes current Vice Principal Linda Vanden Berg the best as she returns to the classroom at St. Andrew’s School!

August Board Meeting Date Changed

Due to scheduling conflicts, the August Regular Board Meeting date has been changed to Friday August 26th at 10:00am.  All Regular Board Meetings are open to the public so please join us at the Catholic Conference Centre in Peace River!

Inaugural Catholic Leadership Academy Grows Leadership Capacity Within HFCRD


In September 2015, the Holy Family Catholic Division (HFCRD)’s inaugural Catholic Leadership Academy began with 14 participants looking to grow their leadership capacity, and grow in their faith.  The Academy, led by Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta (CCSSA) Executive Director Jamie McNamara, consisted of a four-part comprehensive leadership training that took place throughout the school year on Fridays and Saturdays, most of which was the participants’ personal time.  The group celebrated their final training on Saturday May 14th with a short ceremony of congratulations and a final prayer.  The purpose of the Academy was to develop leadership within the division to better prepare teachers for leadership roles.  

“We are very proud of our Catholic Leadership Academy participants.  I am very proud to have witnessed the incredible growth they have displayed throughout this program, and am very confident that we have met our goal to build leadership capacity within the division,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Thank you to Jamie McNamara for providing a high-quality Catholic leadership training for our division.”

Due to the success of the 2015/16 Catholic Leadership Academy, the Academy will be offered again in 2016/17.  Interested participants can contact Superintendent Betty Turpin to express their interest.  Here’s what the 2015/16 participants have to say about the Academy:

"It has been a wonderful experience that allows you to view your profession through a new lens. It was insightful, inspiring, and engaging. Discussions were lively and the presentations were extremely enlightening and beneficial. Anyone who is able to take part in this Academy should consider it!"

- Ashley Sherbanuk, Teacher

“The Catholic Leadership Academy helped me to understand leadership through the lense of Catholicity and a leader as a shepherd.  It helped me to understand a broader perspective of the division.

–Joanne Baird, Learning Coach

“I truly appreciated the time to reflect on my own practice and the opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

- Monique Randall, Teacher

"The Catholic Leadership Academy exposed me to many school based administration experiences that will be a great asset in my new role as a Catholic School administrator. The collaboration with my colleagues, the expertise and involvement of Senior Administration, and the leadership of Jaimie McNamara made the experience a very practical and eye opening one. I highly recommend participation in this leadership academy."

– Lauri Goudreault, Teacher & Vice Principal in 2016/17

“The Catholic Leadership Academy has given me an insight about what is all included in a leadership role. It has given me the confidence and motivation to be a better leader in my school and possibly take a leadership role later on in my career.”

– Angela Lavoie, Teacher

"The Catholic Leadership Academy helped me to see our district as an entity: we examined our district priorities, saw what and why decisions are made at central office and that our Catholic faith unites us - and much more! I especially enjoyed interacting with people from our other schools."

-Joanne Boutet, Teacher

“I would highly recommend the Catholic Leadership Academy to anyone who is interested in the decision making process that occurs beyond their classroom walls.  The activities, readings, discussions, and collaboration all intertwined with faith that make up the sessions will leave you with a new perspective on how leadership operates within Holy Family Catholic Division #37.

–Stewart McIntyre, Teacher

“The Catholic Leadership Academy has allowed me to develop skills that were immediately useful in the classroom and will undoubtedly continue to help me in my profession in years to come, at any level.  The perspectives gained in terms of what it means to be a leader in catholic education were inspiring and truly made me reflect on how small actions can make hugely positive differences.”

-Stephane Gaudreau, Teacher

“Know By Heart” Video Showcases Innovative Learning in HFCRD

In 2016, the HFCRD Learning Fair took a very different turn. In past years, students and staff from across the division gathered for a day of celebrating learning. This year, the Learning Fair was transformed into a school-based event in every school, and a video to better demonstrate and reflect HFCRD’s 21 st century learning practices. The video gives parents and community members the opportunity to hear what students and staff learned throughout the year and what was meaningful to them.
The video was created by HFCRD’s Learning Coach team and features students and staff from across the division. Students and staff were asked the following two questions and their answers are featured in the video:
1) About memorable learning experiences: “What stuck with you this year?”
2) About God’s goodness: “How did you experience God this year?”
“This video is a reflection of the innovative learning that happens in HFCRD schools every day and I am so impressed with the meaningful comments from our students and staff,” said HFCRD Superintendent Betty Turpin. “I look forward to watching more videos next year and hearing more from students and staff about their learning. Thank you to our Learning Coaches for creating such a beautiful video!”
Next school year, a more comprehensive video will be created that will involve footage created by staff across the division. The video will give further insight into the 21st century classroom, and further feature the innovative practices happening in HFCRD schools, and how God is part of everything the division does.

Dominique Jean Named Principal of Glenmary School

The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dominique Jean as the Principal of Glenmary School, commencing in the 2016/17 school year.  Dominique, who is currently Vice Principal at Glenmary School, has been teaching in the Peace region since 1989 and brings a wealth of experience both as a teacher and administrator in elementary, Junior High and Senior High levels. 

“We are very excited to have Dominique move into the Principal role at Glenmary School.  He has many years of experience as a Vice Principal and Principal throughout the province,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Dominique has made a very positive impact in Glenmary School as Vice Principal and I am confident that he will do an excellent job in this new role.”

Dominique completed his post-secondary education in Saguenay, Quebec.  He holds a college degree in science and a baccalaureate in physical education completed at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi.  Dominique has been involved in school activities, particularly with sports.  He has coached volleyball and badminton for many years and also worked as a sports coordinator. 

“I am very excited to take on the new challenge as Principal of Glenmary School next year,” said Dominique.  “I look forward to continuing to foster positive relationships with our school community in this new role.  I will strive to ensure that Glenmary remains a leader in education and continue to help students become the leaders of tomorrow.”

HFCRD wishes current Principal John Wiedrick the best in his new role with High Prairie School Division!