Inaugural Catholic Leadership Academy Grows Leadership Capacity Within HFCRD

  Posted: June 24, 2016

In September 2015, the Holy Family Catholic Division (HFCRD)’s inaugural Catholic Leadership Academy began with 14 participants looking to grow their leadership capacity, and grow in their faith.  The Academy, led by Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta (CCSSA) Executive Director Jamie McNamara, consisted of a four-part comprehensive leadership training that took place throughout the school year on Fridays and Saturdays, most of which was the participants’ personal time.  The group celebrated their final training on Saturday May 14th with a short ceremony of congratulations and a final prayer.  The purpose of the Academy was to develop leadership within the division to better prepare teachers for leadership roles.

“We are very proud of our Catholic Leadership Academy participants.  I am very proud to have witnessed the incredible growth they have displayed throughout this program, and am very confident that we have met our goal to build leadership capacity within the division,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Thank you to Jamie McNamara for providing a high-quality Catholic leadership training for our division.”

Due to the success of the 2015/16 Catholic Leadership Academy, the Academy will be offered again in 2016/17.  Interested participants can contact Superintendent Betty Turpin to express their interest.  Here’s what the 2015/16 participants have to say about the Academy:


“It has been a wonderful experience that allows you to view your profession through a new lens. It was insightful, inspiring, and engaging. Discussions were lively and the presentations were extremely enlightening and beneficial. Anyone who is able to take part in this Academy should consider it!”

– Ashley Sherbanuk, Teacher

“The Catholic Leadership Academy helped me to understand leadership through the lense of Catholicity and a leader as a shepherd.  It helped me to understand a broader perspective of the division. “

–Joanne Baird, Learning Coach


“I truly appreciated the time to reflect on my own practice and the opportunity to see things from a different perspective.”

– Monique Randall, Teacher


“The Catholic Leadership Academy exposed me to many school based administration experiences that will be a great asset in my new role as a Catholic School administrator. The collaboration with my colleagues, the expertise and involvement of Senior Administration, and the leadership of Jaimie McNamara made the experience a very practical and eye opening one. I highly recommend participation in this leadership academy.”

– Lauri Goudreault, Teacher & Vice Principal in 2016/17


“The Catholic Leadership Academy has given me an insight about what is all included in a leadership role. It has given me the confidence and motivation to be a better leader in my school and possibly take a leadership role later on in my career.”

– Angela Lavoie, Teacher


“The Catholic Leadership Academy helped me to see our district as an entity: we examined our district priorities, saw what and why decisions are made at central office and that our Catholic faith unites us – and much more! I especially enjoyed interacting with people from our other schools.”

-Joanne Boutet, Teacher


“I would highly recommend the Catholic Leadership Academy to anyone who is interested in the decision making process that occurs beyond their classroom walls.  The activities, readings, discussions, and collaboration all intertwined with faith that make up the sessions will leave you with a new perspective on how leadership operates within Holy Family Catholic Division #37.”

–Stewart McIntyre, Teacher


“The Catholic Leadership Academy has allowed me to develop skills that were immediately useful in the classroom and will undoubtedly continue to help me in my profession in years to come, at any level.  The perspectives gained in terms of what it means to be a leader in catholic education were inspiring and truly made me reflect on how small actions can make hugely positive differences.”

-Stephane Gaudreau, Teacher