Board of Trustees Message 2016-2017
On behalf of the Board of Trustees for Living Waters Catholic School Division we look forward to serving you in the upcoming school year. Everyone in Living Waters School Division have a collective responsibility to work with a strong moral purpose while working towards a better understanding and commitment to creating a division that is truly Catholic and inclusive. By the light of Christ, as Trustees we are called to be leaders in our school division, with the overall mission to further Catholic Education in Edson, Slave Lake and Whitecourt. For the betterment of our students and improving our Division, the Board has outlined five areas for emphasis for themselves this year.
As a Catholic school division, our faith is our number one priority as it permeates what we do and how we do it. As we continue to focus on the Five Marks of a Catholic School, we plan to highlight faith development at our board retreats.
Advocacy is a key role and responsibility of being a school board trustee. We will continue to advocate for more school space to meet the growing enrollment needs of our communities throughout the division. Increased growth is a good problem to have, and it is a strong indicator that we are providing quality programming in an inclusive setting and that families are choosing to send their children to our schools.
The Board is committed to enhancing student and community engagement. We want to hear from the students, parents, teachers and community, collaborating with you as we work through Vision 2020 and what that means for all stakeholders. We will be looking for creative opportunities to be engaged!
With the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Report, Alberta’s commitment to close the achievement gap for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students, and the beginning of curriculum development to include historical information on residential schools, the Board wants to embrace knowledge and cultural awareness on First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives.
Lastly, with new administration in place, the Board will work to develop and maintain a healthy relationship with our Superintendent, Jo-Anne Lanctot. As trustees, together we will empower and support the Superintendent, to carry forth our leadership, mission and vision.
Join us this year as we journey down our chosen paths, collaboratively moving forward, doing it while walking in the light of God. Those who walk in the light have a presence of God inside of them. It is seen in the way they act, speak, treat others, work, and think about life. To walk in the light is to have a daily commitment to living out a righteous life. It refreshes us within so that we gain the power to be a refreshment to those around us.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees for Living Waters Catholic School Division we look forward to continued improvement and a year of many successes and celebrations.
“There is a candle in every soul; some brightly burning, some dark and cold. There is a Spirit who brings a fire, ignites a candle and make a home. Carry your candle, run to the darkness, seek out the lonely, the tired and worn, and hold out your candle for all to see. Take your candle and go light the world. Take your candle and go light our world.”