Seeking new members
Alberta Education is seeking new members for the next 2-year term of the Official Languages in Education Programs Provincial Advisory Committee (OLEP PAC) to meet quarterly during negotiations of the Protocol for Agreements for Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction between Canada and the provinces and territories, and bi-annually thereafter. The committee discusses and strategizes direction and leadership to ensure the vitality of francophone education and French second-language programming in Alberta.
The committee is comprised of proportional representation of members from diverse school authorities and geographical regions across Alberta.
The members that have served 2 years are replaced each year to stagger the end dates for the members of the 2-year period, ensuring a level of continuity and experience in representation on the committee. Alberta Education is seeking the following:
- 1 representative from a francophone school authority
- French second-language:
- 1 representative from a northern school authority
- 2 representatives from a central school authority
- 1 representative from a southern school authority
- 1 of the above must be from a rural school authority and one of the above must be from a separate school authority
- 1 representative from an independent or charter school
Superintendents or designates representing any of the school authorities above who wish to sit on the OLEP PAC for 2021/22 to 2022/23 should submit a letter indicating their interest in becoming a member of the committee by Friday, September 3, 2021, to [email protected]. Please include the following information in your letter of interest:
- School Authority
- Statement of interest
- Signature of Superintendent (if the representative is designated by the superintendent)
The purpose of PAC
The OLEP PAC is a committee comprised of proportional representation of members from diverse geographical regions including:
- Francophone regional authorities and second-language school authorities
- rural and urban school authorities
- public and separate school authorities, and
- representatives from Alberta Education
The committee discusses and strategizes direction and leadership related to official languages in education programs to ensure the vitality of francophone education and French second-language programming in Alberta through:
- targeted funding;
- enriched program delivery; and
- collaborative action.
It is not a decision-making body.
2019/20 to 2020/21 OLEP PAC members
Francophone regional authority representatives:
- Anne-Marie Boucher, Executive Director, Fédération des conseils scolaires francophone de l’Alberta (FCSFA)
- Robert Lessard, Superintendent, Greater North Central Francophone Education Region
French second-language school authority representatives:
- Barry Litun, Executive Director, College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) – ending July 31, 2020
- David Keohane, Executive Director, College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) – effective August 1, 2020
- Helmut Kaiser, Director, Instructional Services, Calgary Catholic School Division
- Sandy MacDonald, Superintendent, Grande Prairie School Division
- Ryan Marshall, Director, Elk Island School Division
- Carra Aschenmeier, Director of Curriculum, Grande Yellowhead School Division
Representatives from Alberta Education:
- Ministry of Education (Chair) – Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Services and Governance or Designate
- Ministry of Education (Secretariat) – Director, Intergovernmental Relations or Designate
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