Lonsdale runs for trustee

After spending more than 15 years on parent councils for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, Rocky Mountain House’s Dorraine Lonsdale is eying a seat on the board of trustees.

Lonsdale is running to become the trustee for the Hwy 11 Ward, which represents Rocky Mountain House, Caroline, Eckville and Sylvan Lake, in the Oct. 16 election.

“Catholic education is really important to me,” said Lonsdale. “I really loved being involved in the schools when my daughters were in the Catholic school system.”

Lonsdale spent 17 years as a member of parent councils when her two daughters, who are now 23 and 27, were in school. She also worked at the Wild Rose School Division until she retired three years ago.

“I’ve had a pretty good taste of public education in Alberta, and I feel like I would enjoy to get involved again,” she said.

Lonsdale said her biggest focus as a board member, would be to properly use the resources provided by the provincial government.

“It’s a tough time for the province to adequately fund our boards,” she said. “There’s a lot of growth within Red Deer Catholic, which is a good thing because it shows the interest and commitment to Catholic education. But I think the challenge is finding that fine line to make sure all needs are being met.”

It’s important the board doesn’t overspend in one area and underspend in another, she added.

“There’s a wide variety of needs within the school system and we need to make sure the students and teachers are well supported by the public funding we do receive,” she said.

Lonsdale said having administrative experience within a school division, experience on parent councils and having two children who were in the division sets her apart from other candidates.

“I’m excited and energetic about getting more involved with Catholic education,” she said. “I want to represent the staff, students and parents the best I can.

“It’s a challenge and I look forward to possibly being able to contribute in a way I may not have before – as a member of the board,” said Lonsdale.



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Red Deer’s Ten Thousand Villages to close in 2018

This will be the last Christmas for Red Deer’s Ten Thousand Villages.… Continue reading

Celestial light show can be seen over Red Deer this week

Local students stay up to watch the meteor shower

Businesses to gather to talk about crime

Red Deer Downtown Business Association understands challenges

Red Deer RCMP make numerous arrests in covert stolen vehicle operation

Eight people facing 34 charges after four-day police operation last week

Watch: Man plays flaming bagpipes while riding a unicycle in a ‘Star Wars’ costume

The sight of Darth Vader, riding a unicycle and playing flaming bagpipes,… Continue reading

Dying man’s wish to see new ‘Star Wars’ movie coming true

A dying man’s wish to see the new “Star Wars” movie is… Continue reading

Bountiful polygamist believed he couldn’t be prosecuted: lawyer

Winston Blackmore’s lawyer says Blackmore did not believe he could be prosecuted

Trudeaus, Mulroneys, Erdem? Canadians who could snag a royal wedding invite

Save the date. Kensington Palace announced Friday that Prince Harry and Meghan… Continue reading

More to be done to ensure timely justice, retiring Beverley McLachlin says

Canada’s retiring top judge says more must be done to ensure the… Continue reading

Labrador mayor who was shot in face in hunting accident has died

John Hickey accidently shot himself while checking rabbit snares

Shelter dogs could go vegan in Los Angeles

Los Angeles may soon be home to a lot more vegan dogs.… Continue reading

The coolest way to serve coffee at dinner’s end

I can put together a decent dinner party. But when it comes… Continue reading

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

One of the thousands of firefighters battling a series of wildfires across… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month