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ASCA Board of Directors

ASCA Board of Directors  2016 - 2017




Front Row (left to right) Laura Andreas, Dena Friars, Allison Pike (President), Dawn Miller (Vice President), Jacquie Surgenor, Judy Ducharme

Back Row (left to right) Brandi Rai, Tyla Savard, Brad Vonkeman (Past President), Alana Sala, Hollie Tarasewich, Lorna Spargo




Allison Pike - Lethbridge


"I get to meet so many people, from so many backgrounds, with so many stories. It is great to see the common ground and be able to work together for the betterment of ALL students in the province of Alberta."

Allison wishes all students in the province are able to reach their full potential and have the supports to do so. She strongly believes that when supports are in place in the classroom - all students will benefit, as well as the teacher.

Allison lives in Lethbridge with her husband Duane and three children aged 7, 11 and 12. She has been involved in education since her stepdaughter (now 28) was in school. 

An active volunteer since her youth, Allison currently volunteers with many autism groups and school/community committees. She works as a Regional Coordinator for AMA School Safety Patrol covering all of southern Alberta. She and her husband also run a small business part time.

Attending ASCA conferences since 1997, Allison was elected as an ASCA Director in 2012, and delighted to be voted in as President at the AGM in 2016.


Vice President

Dawn Miller - Leduc


“I truly believe in the value and importance of the parental voice - both locally through school councils and provincially through the Alberta School Councils’ Association - as parents are the first educators of their children.”

Dawn Miller is in her third year on the ASCA Board and is serving her first term as Vice-President.


Married with three children in the public education system, Dawn’s oldest is in grade 12, her second child is in grade 4 and her youngest is in grade one, French immersion - so she is very active in her school district.


Growing up, she served her community on the Strathcona County Youth Council and advocated for the youth voice. Dawn has coached softball and cheerleading, been involved with school councils since 2007 and served on numerous education committees.


A focus in her service is relationship building and community engagement. Dawn believes “it takes a village”, a strong education community working together to ensure the best in a child’s education journey. As part of the village, she strives to educate and engage others to excel in their endeavours.



Past President

 Brad Vonkeman - Red Deer


"I believe that being involved in, and able to influence, my children’s education in a positive progressive manner is important.
Being involved at the provincial level with the Alberta School Councils’ Association gives me opportunity to do that."

“I believe Alberta has one of the best education systems in the world and we can keep it that way by parents’ involvement in their children’s school, school district and the provincial education system. Being involved in School Council is one of the best ways I know to accomplish this.”


Brad lives in Red Deer with his wife and two children. Actively involved in school council since his son was in Grade 1, Brad participated through elementary, middle and high schools, as well as the local Council of School Councils (COSCs).


Attending his first ASCA conference in 2008, he noticed a lack of Dads representation, and decided this perspective needed to be included at the provincial level. An ASCA Director, Vice President, President and now Past President, Brad enjoys serving parents in the province and believes strongly in the voice that ASCA carries influencing policy and decisions in the education system.


Provincial Directors




Laura Andreas - Rocky Mountain House























Lorna Spargo, Fort McMurray

"Parents have an important voice in education for two reasons:


• While teachers and Administrators see our children's public face, we see their private one. Only together can we see the whole child and help shape an authentic and meaningful education.


• Numerous educational decisions are made at a significant distance from the child (such as the Department of Education), and our voice, on behalf of our children, is vital to ensure those decisions adequately address the needs of today's students."

As a parent, Lorna believes her children's future impact on society is directly affected by the caliber of teaching they receive, and as a former teacher, believes that striving for excellence is vital.


Lorna is married to Patrick with three children, two in Ecole McTavish Junior High School, and one at Westwood Community High School in the Fort McMurray Public School District.


She has been involved in school councils for the past twelve years, participates on the Fort McMurray Public District-wide school councils committee (Networks), and is a Children's writer.


Enjoying her fourth term as an ASCA Provincial Director, Lorna looks forward to contributing her voice on behalf of parents promoting excellence in Alberta’s public education system.



Tyla Savard, Grande Prairie


“To me, public education means opportunities and personal growth. Everyone’s voice is essential – with all of us working together to set students up for success and lead by example. No matter the role, each is an integral part of creating this opportunity - students, parents, teachers, administration, school boards and provincial partners. It takes all of us!"

Born and raised in Grande Prairie, Tyla is married to Jason and has three children; Carrissa 23, Taylor 20 and Jayda 5. On school council for over 18 years, she feels fortunate to be part of a school division that has always encouraged the parent voice and has become a district leader setting directions and approaches that many other school divisions and councils now follow.


Tyla is a business owner of Synergy Promotions, a Rotarian and member of the Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society and the Clairmont & District Agricultural Society Board of Directors. Networking, sharing resources and community engagement are key to any community's strengths and growth. 


2016 was Tyla’s 12th year attending the ASCA conference and AGM. Previously on the ASCA Board of Directors in 2008-2010, returning in 2013 she continues dedicating energy to her passion and the ASCA Director role.

 Judy Ducharme, Peace River



















Dena Friars, Onoway

“Parents above all, have the most vested interest in their children's well-being and are the best advocate for their education."

Dena has lived in four provinces, and proud to be home in Alberta. She lives in the rural community of Onoway, is married to a very supportive husband and has four children aged 11 to 19 years.


She has held various volunteer positions in her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, from teacher, chorister to presidency positions in auxiliary organizations of Relief Society, Young Women's and Primary, and organizing Stake events from galas and balls to parties and carnivals.


Dena helps her daughter run the Intergenerational Art Class at the seniors home and the Golden Club, has been Chair of the Tour Group Fundraising Committee, and also sat on the Onoway Music Parents Association.


Dena believes that each child is entitled to an education best suited to their learning needs, in which minds are nurtured and teaching supports a passion for life.


Passionate about parental involvement in education, Dena attended her first ASCA Conference and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015.


Alana Sala - Raymond


"I believe is it more important than ever to have all parents as valued contributors in children's education. My goal is to engage more parents in this vital responsibility."


Enjoying the benefits of small town living in Raymond, a sports and arts orientated community, Alana has been married 19 years to her husband Eldon, and has five children in grades 1 through 11.


Alana’s father played a role in developing her passion for education at an early age, and as a lifelong learner, her children’s education is now a priority. A volunteer in the community and her church, Alana is a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and currently a member of her congregations’ women's organization, the Relief Society.


Committed to school councils, starting over 10 years ago in Edmonton, Alana is currently a member of all three of her children's school councils – in the elementary, junior high, and high school. Elected at the ASCA 2016 AGM, she believes it is a parent’s right, and responsibility, to monitor the education that is given to their children and essential that parents have a valued voice in education.


Brandi Rai - Edmonton


"There are many perspectives and needs expressed by parents across the province, and being able to connect with those parents through their school councils is a privilege for me."

Brandi has a passion for public education – to ensure it prepares our children to be leaders in our world.


Married, with five children in grades 1 through 6, and many pets, Brandi lives in Edmonton. She has served as executive on three school councils, involved with fundraising societies, is a frequent school volunteer, with a lifelong goal of serving others.


Brandi attended her first ASCA AGM in 2014 and was elected as a Board Director at the 2016 AGM. She is drawn to ASCA’s support of school councils in the province because it ensures that all parents have the opportunity for engagement and the ability to determine their definition of effectiveness within their local communities.

HollieTarasewich - Lethbridge


"I believe every child has the right to a fair and equitable education in an environment that is safe, welcoming and respectful. As a parent, it is my responsibility to be the voice for those that cannot or will not speak."


Hollie is originally from BC, but disappointed with public education in that province, moved to Lethbridge in 2012 with her husband of 18 years, Darin, and her two children, a son and daughter.


Involved with school councils for 11 years, Hollie has held every position there is. She was the District Parent Advisory Council Vice President and President for many years, a Director and Vice President for BCCPAC and involved on various district level committees. Hollie was a Ski Patroller for 10 years, as well as a first aid instructor and zone examiner.


Pleased to have been elected at her first ASCA AGM in 2016, Hollie believes that if she can in any way, lift up or give strength and support, and empower other parents to share and use their passion for a better public education system, then she will have done right by those that elected her.

Jacquie Surgenor - Sherwood Park


"It can be easy to forget about parents and what they can contribute to education, and I wanted to work with an organization whose mission is to ensure the strength of that collective parent voice."


Jacquie’s passion for education first led her to a teaching career, however, after her children started elementary school, her focus shifted to the important role parents play in their children’s education.


She currently chairs the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Committee of School Councils, as well as two local School Councils. She has also served on a variety of EIPS district committees including a parental engagement framework for the 3-Year Education plan and the elementary Communicating Student Learning committee.


Jacquie lives in Sherwood Park and has three children aged 13, 10 and 7. She was elected as a Director to the ASCA Board at the 2016 AGM.







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