Posted on Sep 1, 2016
With summer just about over, that means it is time for the young people of Calgary Currie to be heading back to school, and that is what I want to use my newsletter inches to talk about. Here in Calgary Currie, we are quite lucky, we have an abundance of schools, however just to the west of us, like many places around the city there is a shortage. Over the past 20 years, we have grown immensely as a province and a city, but over that time we failed to build the schools to match the growing need. But that is in the past. Today we look toward a better future where promises are kept, where schools get built, and children have a safe, inclusive space to grow and learn in the heart of our communities. Part of having an abundance of schools where others have shortages means that we often play host to many young people in our schools who come from other parts of the city, and from around the province. Even many months later we still find ourselves playing host to families who find they still cannot return home to Fort McMurray in the wake of the devastating fires there. It is a great strength of Alberta’s public education system that no matter where you go, in this province, no matter where you come from, no matter who you are, if you are a child in this province, you are entitled to one the of the best educations out there.
To those who have welcomed displaced people in their communities, thank you, you are the people who make our communities welcoming places to be. Moving beyond things happening in our community, for the first time in almost 30 years, Alberta is going to be revamping its school curriculum. The last time this was done, most people didn’t have a computer in their home, let alone carry one around in their pockets all the time. It will take some time for the changes to happen, but I for one am pleased that we are finally modernizing the way we teach our children. Since getting elected I have spent a fair amount of time getting to know school trustees, principals, teachers and parent groups. Through these people and groups I am able to be connected with a whole assortment of unique and creative ways our schools contribute to the vibrant fabric of Calgary Currie. If your school community does something unique, innovative, or interesting, I would love to hear about it. There is nothing I like more than learning more about the communities I serve. Brian