Hello everyone, I apologize for my tardiness in sending this short bio in as I have been out of the country for the past 3 weeks on holidays. Nevertheless I'm excited to give you a short synopsis of who I am and why I would like to continue to represent Ward 4 Subdivision 3 over the next 4 years.
My name is Kelly Whalen and I am passionate about Catholic education, plain and simple. I am a faith-filled practicing member of our parish, community, diocese and great province of Alberta. I believe and have continued to speak passionately in support of our democratic right to have publicly funded Catholic education in Peace River and Alberta.
I am the father of 6 wonderful children, many who are now or have attended Glenmary school and husband of 27 years to Catherine, my bride. I am a local business owner plus an active participant in numerous organizations and clubs within the community, including the Knights of Columbus, Peace River and District Health Foundation, Peace River Rotary Club, and numerous other groups and initiatives that have an impact on students and their families.
I have been a School Board Trustee since 2006, starting in Wetaskiwin for St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Division and after moving to Peace River in 2010 ran in a bi-election call for Holy Family Catholic Regional Division Ward 4 Subdivision 3 and was acclaimed as your trustee in January 2011.
As an active Trustee and board member, Vice Chair for four years and Chair since August 2016, I believe I truly understand what the "Role of the Trustee" encompasses. The Board has been working diligently to meet the goals set out in our three-year education plan as articulated.
I have helped to successfully lobby the GOA for our new school in Grimshaw and the modernization of Glenmary and have sat at the provincial table in numerous conferences and discussions to better the path of education in Alberta.
I have a strong finance and fiscal track record and an ability to tackle tough issues head on.I would be honoured to have the opportunity to continue working for you and for all our students, focussing on achieving our mission statement, "Student Success in a Catholic Community Guided by Christ".
Please feel free to pose any questions that you have or comments moving forward in this campaign so I can better serve you and the students of Holy Family Catholic School division.
My cellular is 780-361-7758
My Home is 780-624-0916
Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I ask that ✔️the box to Re-elect me for 4 more years as your Ward 4 trustee representing you the constituents of Peace River and Nampa.