Board of Directors

ASCA Board of Directors 2017 - 2018

Front (left to right) Judy Ducharme, Dawn Miller (Vice President), Allison Pike (President), Laura Andreas. Middle - Rick Sakundiak, Jacquie Surgenor. Back Row - Shelley Odishaw, Lorna Spargo, Lisa Arlint, Alana Sala, Hollie Tarasewich, Brandi Rai.

Front (left to right) Judy Ducharme, Dawn Miller (Vice President), Allison Pike (President), Laura Andreas. Middle - Rick Sakundiak, Jacquie Surgenor. Back Row - Shelley Odishaw, Lorna Spargo, Lisa Arlint, Alana Sala, Hollie Tarasewich, Brandi Rai.

Interested in participating on the Board of Directors?

Provincial Director Information and Nomination Package 
Includes:
•Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
•Self-Assessment
•Nomination Form
•Campaign Guidelines

For information about current volunteer opportunities with the ASCA Board of Directors, please contact the Nominations Committee Chair at parents@albertaschoolcouncils.ca

President 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."

"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."

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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.

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.”

"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.”

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

Married with three children in the public education system, French immersion, 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.

Director Laura Andreas, Rocky Mountain House

Passionate about education and making a difference in Alberta for all students, Laura lives in Rocky Mountain House with her husband Paul and has four children: Matthew (who has a young daughter), Damon, Violet and Jennifer.

Laura has been on School Councils for over 17 years, involved in every position, and currently Chair at St. Matthews and St. Gabriel’s Cyber School. In addition, she has been the secretary of the Rocky Junior Rebels, worked with the Rocky Air Show, Lions Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, and is the Kids Club coordinator for the Rocky Co-op.

Ready to do even more in education, Laura ran for Director in 2010, after attending the ASCA conferences for a number of years, gaining knowledge and appreciation for parent involvement, and the value of contributing to student success at the provincial level.

Director Lorna Spargo, Fort McMurray

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.

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.

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 over twelve years, participates on the Fort McMurray Public District-wide school councils committee (Networks), and is a Children's writer.

Enjoying her fifth 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.

Director Judy Ducharme, Peace River

I wish that all children regardless of life situations have equal opportunity and access to education where all students succeed equally.

I wish that all children regardless of life situations have equal opportunity and access to education where all students succeed equally.

An active advocate for those who are silenced due to age, culture and/or disability, Judy encourages community and parental involvement with anyone she meets.

Proud to be a strong Aboriginal woman, she was born and raised in Fort Vermillion and now lives in Peace River with her children Dakota, Danica and Dawsyn.

Judy first became involved in school councils in 1995 and over the past 20 years has volunteered for various community organizations ranging from children’s services, regional library boards, victim services, head start programs, Girl Guides, youth mentorship programs, church groups and RCMP community action groups.

Dedicated to an energetic vocal role in the local, regional and provincial educational arena, Judy served previously as an ASCA board member in 2009, and is happy to be able to serve again.

Her heart lies with students of Aboriginal decent and those special children with difficulties unable to communicate their needs.

Director 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.

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 2 through 7, 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.

Director 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.

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 14, 11 and 8.

Director Alana Sala, Raymond

I believe that is it more important than ever to have all parents be a valued contributor in children's education. My goal is to engage more parents in this vital responsibility.

I believe that is it more important than ever to have all parents be a valued contributor 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 is married to her husband Eldon, and has five children in grades 2 through 12.

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 11 years ago in Edmonton, Alana is currently a member of all three of her children's school councils – in 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.

Director Hollie Tarasewich, 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.

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 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

“I love learning about how parents can become more involved in their kids’ education.”

“I love learning about how parents can become more involved in their kids’ education.”

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

“Seeing how a difference could be made with ASCA, I wanted to be a Director to contribute with a father’s perspective on the Board.”

“Seeing how a difference could be made with ASCA, I wanted to be a Director to contribute with a father’s perspective on the Board.”

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

“I love helping at school when students are learning about plants, bugs and anything that takes them outside.”

“I love helping at school when students are learning about plants, bugs and anything that takes them outside.”

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 13 and 9.

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 the Red Deer Public School Foundation - Bright Start Program, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the United Way and the Diabetes Association.

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.