For Immediate Release (June 6, 2018) Edmonton
St. Albert Trustee Elected as Provincial Catholic Education Leader
The Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) Board of Directors held an election this week to replace resigning Board Chair, Adriana LaGrange, who has held the position for the past 2 1/2 years. The ACSTA Board of Directors are delighted to announce that Serena Shaw, Board Chair with Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, has been elected as the new president of the organization providing a seamless transition.
Serena Shaw has been an active and supportive Director on the ACSTA board for the past three years. She has served as Chair for the Advocacy Committee and played an active role in the development of the ACSTA’s Strategic Plan. Shaw is well versed and prepared to engage the government, stakeholders and educational partners. She is an advocate for Catholic education and a faith filled leader committed to her family and her faith stating, “I’m honoured to take on this leadership position; I know it is a pivotal point in Catholic education where our voice, advocacy and leadership will make a difference.” As a strong advocate for collaboration Shaw noted, “I’m looking forward to working with the Bishops, Superintendents, Alberta School Boards Association and the Ministry of Education to further the success of Catholic education across the province.”
The Board would like to extend a special thanks to current President, Adriana LaGrange, who will be officially resigning as of June 10th to pursue other endeavors. “LaGrange led the organization with poise, commitment and determination in a time of increasing pressure on Catholic education. Catholic education leadership has been a vocation and her desire to bring Christ to students across Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories has been paramount. She governed with compassion, love, and courage, and her leadership guided the association through legislative changes by working effectively with the Minister, stakeholder associations and the Bishops. “We wish her well in her new endeavors,” commented Executive Director, Dean Sarnecki.
The Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association represents Catholic trustees in Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon to provide a unified voice for spiritual and political leadership in support of publicly-funded Catholic education.
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Monday, May 21, 2018
Pope Francis, in March, announced the decision to add the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church on the Monday after Pentecost (May 21, 2018). The Pope hopes this feast day will, “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a genuine Marian piety.” Father Paul Kavanagh, director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Edmonton, reaffirmed by sharing the following statement, “it’s great that this feast day has been added. I think Pope Francis recognizes the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her association with the Apostles and Christ, and the feast of Pentecost.” Let us be reminded, on this very important Feast Day, how Mary intercedes for the Church, as a mother does for her children. Just as Mary did at the time of the original Pentecost, praying in the upper room for her beloved Son, let us join in prayer and unity understanding our own discipleship, loyalty, and commitment to the Church.