ASCA celebrates its 90th year!
The ASCA Board of Directors is pleased to present this "Legacy" page with fun facts and historical information about the association.
Sept 2, 1922
Meeting first held to discuss forming a Civic, Provincial, and possibly National Federation. Mrs. Alice M. Curtis was appointed Chairman, and there were reps from 10 Parent Teacher Associations.
Mar 31, 1929
Alberta Federation of Home and School Association is formed. First President- Rev. Dr. GW Kerby (Calgary).
Jan 31, 1931
First Alberta Constitution and Bylaws were adopted at Annual Meeting.
- In the beginning, it was the mothers who organized themselves to support students. A meeting was held on Saturday, September 2, 1922 to discuss the possibility of forming a Provincial organization to promote the welfare of student in education. Mrs. Alice M. Curtis was the chairperson for this meeting.
- ASCA was originally the Alberta Federation of Home and School Associations and was officially organized on March 31, 1929.
- One of the main objectives of ASCA, from its origin through to today is that parents are seen as partners in education and they are vital to student success.
- The first President of the Alberta Federation of Home and School Associations was Reverend Dr. G.W. Kerby from Calgary. He also served as President of the National Federation of Home and School and Parent- Teacher Association.
- A focus on children and advocating for student success from a parent perspective has long been part of the work of ASCA. For example, in 1947, the theme of the Alberta Federation of Home and School Associations Annual General Meeting was The Children Must Be Canada’s First Concern.
- In 1929 our organization was called the Alberta Federation of Home and School Associations. In 1948 our organization’s name shifted to Alberta Home and School Councils’ Association, and was incorporated as a society. In 2014 our organization became the Alberta School Councils’ Association.
- In 1929 the following committees existed for the Alberta Federation of Home and School Associations (now ASCA):
Finance – Mrs. Blatchford
Elementary Schools – Mrs. Walshaw
Secondary Schools – Mrs. Ryan
Regular Education – Mrs. Nlrich
Physical Education – Mrs. Hartman
Visual Education – Mrs. Playdon
Home Science – Mrs. Bathers
School Science – Mrs. Thomas
League of Nations – Mrs. Malthouse
- In 2019 the following committees have supported the work of ASCA during the 2018-2019 term:
Internal Finance - Jacquie Surgenor
Community Engagement - Shelley Odishaw and Brandi Rai
Advocacy and Governance - Hollie Tarasewich
Board Resolutions - Jacquie Surgenor and Rick Sakundiak
Recognition and Awards - Lisa Arlint and Jaelene Tweedle
Legacy - Shelley Odishaw and Brandi Rai
* The shift in the type of committees reflects the shift of ASCA’s Board to a governance model.
List of Presidents
1932- Mrs. A.M. Curtis
1933/1934- no info
1935- Mrs. A.M. Curtis
1936 / 1937/ 1938- Mrs. A.R. Ryan
1939- Mrs. S.A. Bartlett
1940- Mrs. J.R. Lockwood
1941 / 1942 / 1943 / 1944- Mrs. T.K. Lockwood
1945 / 1946- Mr. G. F. Bruce
***1945- Honorary President- Hon. R Earl Ansley, Minister of Education
***1945- Honorary Life Member- A.M. Curtis
1947- Mr. Monroe McLeod
1948 / 1949- Mrs. A.N. Hutchenson
***1949- Honorary Life President- A.M. Curtis
1950 / 1951 / 1952- Mrs. E. Boalch
1953- Mr. J.E. Simpson
1954 / 1955- Mrs. D.A. Hansen
1956- no info
1957 / 1958- Mrs. W.E. Hodgdon
1959 / 1960- Mr. R.H. Jeacock
1961 / 1962- Mrs. R.V. McCullough
1963 / 1964- Mr. C.H. Linn
1965 / 1966- Mrs. G.A. Garbutt
1967 / 1968- Mrs. Mary K. Green
1969- Mrs. T.A. Haddow
1970 / 1971- Mrs. J.A. Lore
1972 / 1973- Mrs. Edith Hnytka
1974 / 1975- Mrs. Jean Jackson
1976 / 1977- Mrs. Doris Christie
1978- Mrs. Janet Anderson