Brandi has a passion for public education – to ensure it prepares children to be leaders in our world.
Married, with five children in grades 5 through 10, and many pets, Brandi lives in Edmonton. She has served as executive on multiple school councils, is involved with fundraising societies, and 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. Parent voice in education is crucial to student success. Education is a foundational pillar in society and having equitable access to public education is vital for Albertans.
Brandi attended her first ASCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2014 and was elected as a Board Director at the 2016 AGM. She was elected Vice President at the 2018 AGM, and elected President at the 2020 AGM.
Vice President Shelley Odishaw, Red Deer
Shelley lives in Red Deer with her husband, daughter, 16 and son, 12. She has been a volunteer in Red Deer Public Schools since her oldest started school and an executive on school councils since her youngest started school.
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.
Shelley is very community minded and also volunteers with the Red Deer Public Library Board, the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery Board, the United Way, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Her favourite way to volunteer is at school when there is any kind of outdoor activity going on.
Shelley is grateful to have been elected Vice President at the 2020 AGM.
Director Jacquie Surgenor Gaglione, 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 has chaired the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Committee of School Councils (COSC), as well as serving as executive on 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 17, 14 and 11.
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 2200, located 25 km south of Grande Prairie.
She has lived there for 14 years with her husband Jason and two children – Mitchell, who is in grade 6, and Cara, who is in grade 4.
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. Two of his children are in high school, four have graduated, with one now 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 Sarah Rollingson, Red Deer
Sarah lives in Red Deer with her husband, and five children - spanning from pre-kindergarten to high school. Volunteering in schools since her youngest was in preschool, Sarah has been an executive on school council since 2012, served on the city-wide council of school councils, and works as an Education Assistant (EA). She also serves on her Community Association Board of Directors, volunteers with a local youth group and is a Scout Leader with Scouts Canada.
Sarah strongly believes in public education, and that it allows all students to be who they are, and experience learning in diverse ways.
Her school council won an ASCA award, and she realized that parents really do play an influential role in education. Since attending her first School Councils Conference, and participating at each of her children’s school councils, Sarah’s desire to do even more led her to her role with ASCA.
Director Richard Haggarty, Spruce Grove
Richard lives in Spruce Grove with his two children and wife Christy, a Grade nine teacher, who inspires his passion for education. Recently retired from the Canadian Armed Forces after 30 years of service, Richard is in his second year at NAIT enrolled in the Disaster and Emergency Management Program.
An appreciation for the value of great education, Rich’s journey into the work of school council began with a raise of his hand to help out, and he has not looked back since. He has spent the last four years working with school councils and parents at both the school level and division level. Rich enjoys being part of a team to effect change in the school system and feels the true reward is found on the smiling faces of students.
Director Krista Scott, Sherwood Park
Krista lives in Sherwood Park, has been married for 22 years and has four children aged 12 to 19. With a background in Education, she taught Kindergarten and developed programming for children with Autism, before she became a stay at home mom.
Active on school council since 2006, Krista has held chair and vice chair positions, as well as a representative on the division wide committee of school councils. She has attended the ASCA conference and AGM for eight years, and received the ASCA Parent of Distinction Award in 2019.
Krista values the voice of parents contributing to a strong public education system through school councils, and she looks forward to participating in governance and advocacy at the provincial level.
Director Sheila Hobday, Calgary
A lifelong Calgarian, Sheila is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), married, with two children aged 11 and 8. Sheila volunteers with Social Venture Partners Calgary, a not-for-profit organization that connects the skills of its members to work with not-for-profits focused in building resilience of at-risk youth between the ages of 12-15.
Sheila has worked on school councils for the past six years, holding executive positions for both the school council and the Fundraising Society. She regularly attends the CBE COSC meetings and appreciates the opportunity to understand and contribute at a school board level.
Attending a number of ASCA workshops over the past five years to build skills and capacity of school councils, Sheila was drawn to the Board work of ASCA for the opportunity to see education at a provincial level and utilize her passion and skills to make a difference.