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2017 Election for Separate (Catholic) School Trustee

Results

Click Here to view the 2017 Election Results

Click Here to view the Unofficial Voting Results 

Election Information

Click Here to view Election 2017 Ward 1 candidate profiles and pictures

Click Here to read the Trustee Election Guidebook 2017

Click Here to read voter eligibility for Catholic Trustee

Click Here for the map of Ward 1

Click Here for Notice of Election Advance Vote and Requirements for Voter Identification

Click Here for Notice of Election


Running for Office

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools promotes and encourages its supporters to run for the office of elected school board trustee.  The District is committed to providing an environment that will give all candidates–those seeking election for the first time, and those candidates who are seeking re-election–fair access to the electorate. 

City Council and School District Trustee elections are held on the same day.  The City of Grande Prairie runs school board elections in conjunction with Councillor, Mayor, and some Rural MD elections in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act

 

Election Day is Monday, October 16, 2017.

Nomination Day will be held four weeks prior to Election Day on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Nomination forms are obtained from the City of Grande Prairie Elections Office (located at City Hall) and must be signed by at least 5 voters.

See City of Grande Prairie website for more information.

DISCLAIMER: It is the candidate’s responsibility to read and understand the legislation, or to seek appropriate legal or accounting advice from professionals as required. The candidate is responsible for ensuring that his or her campaign complies with all provincial laws.


Eligibility

The Local Authorities Election Act, s21(1) states that a person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day the person

(a)   is eligible to vote*

(b)   has been a resident of the local jurisdiction for 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and

(c)    is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified


*s47(1) of the Local Authorities Election Act

(a)   is at least 18 years old

(b)   is a Canadian citizen

(c)   as resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day and the person's place of residence is located in the area on Election Day.


Wards

Seven trustees are elected for Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools out of 3 wards in accordance with s. 26 of the School Act.  The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes in each ward shall be elected as trustee for that ward.  While trustees are elected from wards, they represent all members of the Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools electorate.

Click here to access ward maps.

 

Access to candidates to the Electorate is facilitated by the District through the following methods:

  1. Online Candidate Profile (Includes picture, biography, and a brief introduction)
  2. Two (2) minute unedited video recorded by the District and posted to the District’s website
     

 

  1. Online Candidate Profile (Includes picture, biography, and a brief introduction)
    Candidate information provided by each individual candidate, which includes a picture, biography, and brief introduction, will be provided online at the District’s website.
     
  2. Two (2) minute unedited video recorded by the District and posted to the District’s website
    Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools will record videos of each candidate following Nomination Day. The videos will each be 2 minutes of unedited footage. The videos can be accessed at any time during the election campaign by the electorate.  
    These videos are posted online on the District website and organized by ward, then by candidate to provide the electorate quick and user-friendly access to information on candidates.  Contact information for every candidate will be provided in the event that a constituent wishes to ask further questions of a candidate.

​​Political Activities on District Property

Political activities of any kind are strictly prohibited at any time on District properties. This includes distribution of pamphlets in or outside of school sites.    

School property is identified as follows:

  • schools and administrative buildings
  • school grounds, including the parking lot
  • the sidewalk leading to the entrance of buildings

School Council Meetings

With respect to campaigning, candidates cannot ask to speak at a school advisory meeting nor can a school council invite an individual candidate to a school advisory council meeting to speak about their candidacy or the ensuing election. 

Incumbents are allowed to continue their work as trustee in relation to school councils; however, discussions relating to the individual trustee's election campaign are prohibited.


Use of District Resources

Candidates are prohibited from using District resources such as the internal mail service or distribution of campaign materials through the District e-mail system, staff, and printing services. Political campaigning of any sort is not compliant with the legislated purpose of school councils.  The use of personal information in support of political activities could result in complaints that personal information was mishandled pursuant to the Personal Information Protection Act.

Incumbents who are seeking re-election are not permitted to use Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools’ resources including email, fax, or mail services for the purposes of campaigning.  


Faith

The School Act clarifies that a separate school candidate must be of the same faith of the District as it was established (s 256, 3.1(a).  Candidates for Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools must be Roman Catholic as per the School Act s.74 (1, 2, 3, & 4) and the Local Authorities Election Act.  

The definition of "Roman Catholic" for the Purposes of  the election of trustee is an individual who recognizes the Pope as the head of the church, a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church or one of the Eastern Catholic churches in communion with the Pope in Rome, including but not limited to, the Albanian, Armenian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chaldean, Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Georgina, Greek, Hungarian, Italo-Albanian, Maronite, Melkite, Romanian, Russian, Ruthenian, Byzantine, Ruthenian-Greek, Slovak, Syrian, Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankara and Ukrainian Catholic churches.  


Eligibility of Employees

Section 22(1)(b) of the Local Authorities Election Act states that a person is not eligible to be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day

(a)   the person is the auditor of the local jurisdiction for which the election is to be held;

(b)   the person is an employee of the local jurisdiction for which the election is to be held unless the person takes a leave of absence under this section;

Further, section 22(5.1) of the Local Authorities Election Act states that An employee referred to in subsection (1.1) who wishes to be nominated as a candidate for election as a trustee of a school board may notify his or her employer on or after July 1 in the year of an election but before the employee's last working day prior to nomination day that the employee is taking a leave of absence without pay under this section.


Campaign Disclosure Statements

The Local Authority Elections Act Part 5.1 Municipal Election Finance and Contribution Disclosure, applies to individuals nominated as a candidate for election as mayor or councillor of a municipality.

Section 118(2) of the Local Authorities Election Act states that with respect to an election of a school board trustee under this Act, an elected authority may, by a by-law passed prior to April 15 of a year in which a general election is held require that candidates prepare and disclose to the public statements of all their campaign contributions and campaign expenses and may prescribe how campaign contributions not used for campaign expenses must be used.


Campaign Literature Restrictions

Candidates cannot use the Grande Prairie Elections logo, the City of Grande Prairie logo or heraldic emblem, or Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools’ logos, or anything intended to resemble these logos for signs or any other campaign materials/social media.


Time Commitment

The trustee position is a governance position and is expected to be part-time.  A trustee's workload varies depending on the time of year, the length of business meeting agendas, the number of positions or committees for which he or she is serving on behalf of the Board, Board representation obligations at district-hosted and external events and his/her own personal choices for extra community involvement. 

Two (2) Board meetings (private and public) are held each month and a variety of events occur during business and school hours, evenings and on weekends.

Trustees are required to attend the ASBA Zone 1 Meeting (November 1, 2017), the ACSTA AGM Conference (November 17-19, 2017), and the ASBA Convention (November 19-21, 2017).


Remuneration

The School Act allows a board to provide for honoraria and payment of travel and other expenses.  Accordingly, the Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools has established policy and procedures related to Trustee remuneration.  See Board Policy 9 – Appendix A.  

Once Elected

On Nomination Day, candidates are given information about what is required of them immediately following Election Day, should they be elected.   An orientation schedule and dates are given to allow candidates to prepare for these meetings.

If you are elected as a trustee, s. 81 of the School Act Disclosure of Information requires each trustee file with the Board's Secretary-Treasurer a statement showing:

(a)   the names and employment of the trustee and the trustee's spouse or adult interdependent partner and children,

(b)   the names of the corporations, partnerships, firms, governments or persons in which the trustee has a pecuniary interest, and

(c)   the names of the corporations, partnerships, firms, governments or persons in which the trustee's spouse or adult interdependent partner or children under 18 years of age have a pecuniary interest.


For more information:

Legislative Services (City Hall)
10205 98 Street

Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2E7

Phone: (780) 538-0300

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools - Returning Officer

Catholic Education Centre

9902-101 Street,

Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2P4

Phone: (780) 532-3013


References:

The Board is a member of two provincial organizations.  The following links will give you more information on trusteeship.

The Alberta School Boards Association 

http://www.asba.ab.ca/trustee-election/

The Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association  

http://www.acsta.ab.ca/

 

http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/s03.pdf  (School Act)

http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/L21.pdf (Local Authorities Election Act)

https://education.alberta.ca/school-board-elections/elections/ (Alberta Education Board Elections General Information)

2017 Election for Separate (Catholic) School Trustee

Results

Click Here to view the 2017 Election Results

Click Here to view the Unofficial Voting Results 

Election Information

Click Here to view Election 2017 Ward 1 candidate profiles and pictures

Click Here to read the Trustee Election Guidebook 2017

Click Here to read voter eligibility for Catholic Trustee

Click Here for the map of Ward 1

Click Here for Notice of Election Advance Vote and Requirements for Voter Identification

Click Here for Notice of Election


Running for Office

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools promotes and encourages its supporters to run for the office of elected school board trustee.  The District is committed to providing an environment that will give all candidates–those seeking election for the first time, and those candidates who are seeking re-election–fair access to the electorate. 

City Council and School District Trustee elections are held on the same day.  The City of Grande Prairie runs school board elections in conjunction with Councillor, Mayor, and some Rural MD elections in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act

 

Election Day is Monday, October 16, 2017.

Nomination Day will be held four weeks prior to Election Day on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Nomination forms are obtained from the City of Grande Prairie Elections Office (located at City Hall) and must be signed by at least 5 voters.

See City of Grande Prairie website for more information.

DISCLAIMER: It is the candidate’s responsibility to read and understand the legislation, or to seek appropriate legal or accounting advice from professionals as required. The candidate is responsible for ensuring that his or her campaign complies with all provincial laws.


Eligibility

The Local Authorities Election Act, s21(1) states that a person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day the person

(a)   is eligible to vote*

(b)   has been a resident of the local jurisdiction for 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and

(c)    is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified


*s47(1) of the Local Authorities Election Act

(a)   is at least 18 years old

(b)   is a Canadian citizen

(c)   as resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day and the person's place of residence is located in the area on Election Day.


Wards

Seven trustees are elected for Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools out of 3 wards in accordance with s. 26 of the School Act.  The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes in each ward shall be elected as trustee for that ward.  While trustees are elected from wards, they represent all members of the Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools electorate.

Click here to access ward maps.

 

Access to candidates to the Electorate is facilitated by the District through the following methods:

  1. Online Candidate Profile (Includes picture, biography, and a brief introduction)
  2. Two (2) minute unedited video recorded by the District and posted to the District’s website
     

 

  1. Online Candidate Profile (Includes picture, biography, and a brief introduction)
    Candidate information provided by each individual candidate, which includes a picture, biography, and brief introduction, will be provided online at the District’s website.
     
  2. Two (2) minute unedited video recorded by the District and posted to the District’s website
    Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools will record videos of each candidate following Nomination Day. The videos will each be 2 minutes of unedited footage. The videos can be accessed at any time during the election campaign by the electorate.  
    These videos are posted online on the District website and organized by ward, then by candidate to provide the electorate quick and user-friendly access to information on candidates.  Contact information for every candidate will be provided in the event that a constituent wishes to ask further questions of a candidate.

​​Political Activities on District Property

Political activities of any kind are strictly prohibited at any time on District properties. This includes distribution of pamphlets in or outside of school sites.    

School property is identified as follows:

  • schools and administrative buildings
  • school grounds, including the parking lot
  • the sidewalk leading to the entrance of buildings

School Council Meetings

With respect to campaigning, candidates cannot ask to speak at a school advisory meeting nor can a school council invite an individual candidate to a school advisory council meeting to speak about their candidacy or the ensuing election. 

Incumbents are allowed to continue their work as trustee in relation to school councils; however, discussions relating to the individual trustee's election campaign are prohibited.


Use of District Resources

Candidates are prohibited from using District resources such as the internal mail service or distribution of campaign materials through the District e-mail system, staff, and printing services. Political campaigning of any sort is not compliant with the legislated purpose of school councils.  The use of personal information in support of political activities could result in complaints that personal information was mishandled pursuant to the Personal Information Protection Act.

Incumbents who are seeking re-election are not permitted to use Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools’ resources including email, fax, or mail services for the purposes of campaigning.  


Faith

The School Act clarifies that a separate school candidate must be of the same faith of the District as it was established (s 256, 3.1(a).  Candidates for Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools must be Roman Catholic as per the School Act s.74 (1, 2, 3, & 4) and the Local Authorities Election Act.  

The definition of "Roman Catholic" for the Purposes of  the election of trustee is an individual who recognizes the Pope as the head of the church, a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church or one of the Eastern Catholic churches in communion with the Pope in Rome, including but not limited to, the Albanian, Armenian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chaldean, Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Georgina, Greek, Hungarian, Italo-Albanian, Maronite, Melkite, Romanian, Russian, Ruthenian, Byzantine, Ruthenian-Greek, Slovak, Syrian, Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankara and Ukrainian Catholic churches.  


Eligibility of Employees

Section 22(1)(b) of the Local Authorities Election Act states that a person is not eligible to be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day

(a)   the person is the auditor of the local jurisdiction for which the election is to be held;

(b)   the person is an employee of the local jurisdiction for which the election is to be held unless the person takes a leave of absence under this section;

Further, section 22(5.1) of the Local Authorities Election Act states that An employee referred to in subsection (1.1) who wishes to be nominated as a candidate for election as a trustee of a school board may notify his or her employer on or after July 1 in the year of an election but before the employee's last working day prior to nomination day that the employee is taking a leave of absence without pay under this section.


Campaign Disclosure Statements

The Local Authority Elections Act Part 5.1 Municipal Election Finance and Contribution Disclosure, applies to individuals nominated as a candidate for election as mayor or councillor of a municipality.

Section 118(2) of the Local Authorities Election Act states that with respect to an election of a school board trustee under this Act, an elected authority may, by a by-law passed prior to April 15 of a year in which a general election is held require that candidates prepare and disclose to the public statements of all their campaign contributions and campaign expenses and may prescribe how campaign contributions not used for campaign expenses must be used.


Campaign Literature Restrictions

Candidates cannot use the Grande Prairie Elections logo, the City of Grande Prairie logo or heraldic emblem, or Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools’ logos, or anything intended to resemble these logos for signs or any other campaign materials/social media.


Time Commitment

The trustee position is a governance position and is expected to be part-time.  A trustee's workload varies depending on the time of year, the length of business meeting agendas, the number of positions or committees for which he or she is serving on behalf of the Board, Board representation obligations at district-hosted and external events and his/her own personal choices for extra community involvement. 

Two (2) Board meetings (private and public) are held each month and a variety of events occur during business and school hours, evenings and on weekends.

Trustees are required to attend the ASBA Zone 1 Meeting (November 1, 2017), the ACSTA AGM Conference (November 17-19, 2017), and the ASBA Convention (November 19-21, 2017).


Remuneration

The School Act allows a board to provide for honoraria and payment of travel and other expenses.  Accordingly, the Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools has established policy and procedures related to Trustee remuneration.  See Board Policy 9 – Appendix A.  

Once Elected

On Nomination Day, candidates are given information about what is required of them immediately following Election Day, should they be elected.   An orientation schedule and dates are given to allow candidates to prepare for these meetings.

If you are elected as a trustee, s. 81 of the School Act Disclosure of Information requires each trustee file with the Board's Secretary-Treasurer a statement showing:

(a)   the names and employment of the trustee and the trustee's spouse or adult interdependent partner and children,

(b)   the names of the corporations, partnerships, firms, governments or persons in which the trustee has a pecuniary interest, and

(c)   the names of the corporations, partnerships, firms, governments or persons in which the trustee's spouse or adult interdependent partner or children under 18 years of age have a pecuniary interest.


For more information:

Legislative Services (City Hall)
10205 98 Street

Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2E7

Phone: (780) 538-0300

Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools - Returning Officer

Catholic Education Centre

9902-101 Street,

Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2P4

Phone: (780) 532-3013


References:

The Board is a member of two provincial organizations.  The following links will give you more information on trusteeship.

The Alberta School Boards Association 

http://www.asba.ab.ca/trustee-election/

The Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association  

http://www.acsta.ab.ca/

 

http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/s03.pdf  (School Act)

http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/L21.pdf (Local Authorities Election Act)

https://education.alberta.ca/school-board-elections/elections/ (Alberta Education Board Elections General Information)