Congratulations Kelly Whalen, Vice Chair of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association

  Posted: November 22, 2021

Congratulations to Kelly Whalen who was elected as the Vice Chair of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) on Saturday November 13 at the association’s Annual General Meeting. Whalen, who has been a strong advocate for publicly-funded Catholic education, has served as a Catholic School Trustee for 16 years. The nomination came with an endorsement letter from Vice Chair John Kuran on behalf of the HFCRD Board of Trustees showing their strong support. 

“Kelly has been a strong advocate for Catholic education for many years both personally and professionally. With 16+ years of experience as a Trustee, Kelly is very familiar with the changing landscape that Catholic education is facing across our province,” wrote Vice Chair Kuran. “Kelly  has a talent for bringing people who have differences together by providing opportunities for meaningful dialogue that allows everyone to have a voice. We believe that his strong advocacy will be a great asset to the ACSTA.” 

At the same meeting, Board Chair Whalen was awarded the Faithful Steward Long Service Award for 15 years of service as a Catholic School Trustee. He has been a Trustee representing the Peace River/Nampa Ward for 11 years, and is the Board Chair of the HFCRD Board of Trustees. He was also a Trustee with the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Division Board of Trustees for 5 years before moving up north to Peace River. 

“I am grateful to the Catholic School Trustees across the province for putting their trust in me to be the Vice Chair of the ACSTA. Their confidence in me inspires me to work hard for Catholic education,” said Whalen. “I look forward to my term where I can advocate for the preservation of  publicly-funded Catholic education across Alberta. Being a Trustee has been an incredible privilege and I am honoured to continue this important work.”