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). The committee will 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 members that have served 2 years are replaced each year to stagger the end dates for the members, ensuring a level of continuity and experience in representation on the committee. Alberta Education is seeking the following:

  • French second-language:
    • 1 representative from a central school authority
    • 1 representative from a southern school authority
    • 1 of the above must be from a separate school authority

Superintendents or designates representing any of the school authorities above who wish to sit on the OLEP PAC for 2022/23 to 2023/24 should submit a letter indicating their interest in becoming a member of the committee to [email protected] by Friday, September 9, 2022. Please include the following information in your letter of interest:

  • Name
  • Title
  • School Authority
  • Statement of interest
  • Signature
  • 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.

2021/22 to 2022/23 OLEP PAC members

Francophone representatives:

  • Anne-Marie Boucher, Executive Director, Fédération des conseils scolaires francophone de l’Alberta (FCSFA)
  • Brigitte Kropielnicki, Superintendent of Schools, Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest

French second-language representatives:

  • David Keohane, Executive Director, College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS)
  • Darren Young, Deputy Superintendent, Peace Wapiti School Division
  • Helmut Kaiser, Director, Instructional Services, Calgary Catholic School Division
  • Marnie Beaudoin, Director, Curriculum and Learning Supports, Edmonton School Division
  • Ryan Marshall, Director, Elk Island School Division
  • Dr. Buffy Michael, Superintendent/CEO, Tempo School

Representatives from Alberta Education:

  • Jeff Willan (Chair) – Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Services and Governance
  • Regena Wiseman (Secretariat) – Director, Intergovernmental Relations
  • Lizette Belisle – Manager, Francophone Field Services
  • Lise Belzile – Director, French Education

PAC Terms of Reference

OLEP – Provincial Advisory Committee: Terms of Reference


Connect with the Alberta Official Languages in Education Programs (OLEP) office:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2940
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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