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. She has been involved in education since her stepdaughter started school (over 20 years ago).
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. Allison was re-elected at the 2018 AGM.
Vice President Brandi Rai, Edmonton
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 3 through 8, 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.
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.
Brandi attended her first ASCA AGM in 2014 and was elected as a Board Director at the 2016 AGM. She was elected Vice President at the 2018 AGM.
Director Jacquie Surgenor, Sherwood Park
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 15, 12 and 9.
Director Hollie Tarasewich, Lethbridge
Hollie is originally from BC, but disappointed with public education in that province, moved to Lethbridge in 2012 with her husband Darin, and her two children, a son and daughter.
Involved with school councils for 12 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.
Director Lisa Arlint, Grovedale
Lisa comes from the small community of Grovedale, population 500, located 25 km south of Grande Prairie.
She has lived there for 12 years with her husband Jason and two children – Mitchell, who is in grade 4, and Cara, who is in grade 2.
Lisa’s two passions are school and community. A proud hockey and figure skating mom, she has been a part of school council for four years, serving currently as chair, and previously, as vice chair for a year.
Recently forming a nonprofit society for the community – she is assisting with help that is needed in the community, such as providing emergency grocery gift cards and sponsoring a family at Christmas.
The 2017 conference was her second year attending. Enjoying meeting and talking to so many parents from different backgrounds, Lisa hopes to learn more about how parents can be involved in their kids’ education, and passing this knowledge along to others.
Director Rick Sakundiak, Sexsmith
Rick has six children, has been married for 29 years to Carmen, and lives in Sexsmith. Four of his children have graduated, two are still in high school, and he has one in Nursing School.
Rick has been involved with three school councils encompassing primary, middle and secondary schools and has been a Municipal Councilor for four terms.
A community volunteer in a variety of roles, including minor hockey and softball, Rick’s passion for public education is his belief that all youth deserve to have a fair and equal opportunity to graduate.
Rick ran for a Director position at his first ASCA conference and AGM in 2017, drawn to the ability to advocate for schools, education and youth - as the leaders of our tomorrow.
Director Shelley Odishaw, Red Deer
Shelley grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and loves the outdoors (especially sunny days ending in thunderstorms). She currently lives in Red Deer with her husband and two children, aged 15 and 11.
Shelley has been a volunteer in Red Deer Public since her oldest started school and an executive on school councils since her youngest started school. She volunteers with Red Deer Public Library Board, The United Way (also a seasonal employee during campaign season), The Heart & Stroke Foundation, and The Diabetes Association. Her favourite way to volunteer is at school when there is any kind of outdoor activity from gardening to snowshoeing.
Being involved in school councils introduced her to people who are as passionate about education as she is. Attending the ASCA conference for the first time in 2017, she became a Director to learn more about being a parent advocate and to encourage parents to be more engaged in their children’s education.
Director Jaelene Tweedle, Red Deer
Jaelene grew up in the tiny village of Willingdon, where the school was the centre and the life of the community. She lives in Red Deer with her husband James and their three children ranging in age from 8 to 15 years old. Her children are currently in elementary, middle and high school, and Jaelene is involved at each school.
In addition to providing volunteer assistance to students in Literacy and Math at the middle school, she has served 5 years as chair of school councils, 3 years as vice chair for Citywide Council for Red Deer Public, is currently Chair of Citywide for Red Deer Public and also served on the Equity Committee for Hunting Hills High School for the last 2 years.
Jaelene believes strongly in parents playing a vital role in their child’s education and that a cooperative and respectful relationship between parents and teachers benefits students immensely. Concerned with the needs of all students, she hopes our entire schools, districts, and province can be a place where every child is valued, respected, and is given the best opportunities possible to thrive.