Posted on May 2, 2017
September 2016 Constituency Newsletter
Hello Calgary –Bow,
It’s hard to believe that July and August have come and gone already. It was a pleasure connecting with so many of you over this summer at community events in Calgary –Bow and around the city.
September brings with it a familiar routine and I would like to welcome all the new and returning students to our schools for the fall semester. As part of my “back to school” mandate, I will be donating a small collection of books to the library of each school and public library in Calgary –Bow. From children stories to award winning novels, each book was either authored by an Albertan, or published by an Albertan company.
As part of the “TELUS Days of Giving” initiative this spring I was invited to fill 10 backpacks with school supplies for one of the schools in the riding. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and have chosen Belvedere Parkway School to be the recipient this year. The backpacks will be hand delivered early this month and I would like to Congratulation TELUS on the ten year anniversary of this high impact community engagement program.
Alberta Education will be launching its own broad-scale engagement with Albertans and parents regarding the development of future school curriculum. In reviewing current curriculum in Alberta it was noted that updates to some subjects have not occurred in 30 years! That’s before the internet and microcomputers. Our curriculum plays a critical role in the work we do to prepare students for fulfilling careers in a diversified economy. I am happy to share with our francophone community that along with updates to the curriculum for each grade, Provincial curriculum will be developed simultaneously in English and French for the first time.
The overall engagement strategy with Albertans on these important updates will involve hundreds of face-to-face meetings with education partners across the province and will also include online surveys. Please feel free to contact my office for further details about the public engagement.
Our government is building the schools Albertans need in their growing communities. About 50 school projects will open in September, about half of which are new schools. A dozen more projects will open by the end of the year, and another 20 or so are expected to open to students in January 2017. This includes Calgary Bow’s new West Ridge Middle School in West Springs and the completion of the Bowness High School Modernization. This is a welcome fresh start for many of our students and their families.
I’m really looking forward to the coming session of the Alberta Legislature. In the spring of 2016 our government passed over 20 pieces of legislation which supported seniors, students and families, which brought key pieces of legislation and regulation into line with federal law, and which took the first strong steps toward protecting our environment and diversifying our economy. We look forward to working with the opposition parties and all Albertans as we move forward in the fall to update our Municipal Government Act and to continue making Alberta a great place to live.