Westmount Charter School Board

Parents and staff are welcome to attend Charter Board meetings in the capacity of observers. Individuals who wish, to attend the Charter Board meeting or make a presentation, are asked to contact the Chairperson or Secretary-Treasurer at least 2 weeks in advance; RSVP is required. All observers and presenters are asked to review the Guest and Observer Card found here.

Westmount’s Board office is located upstairs in room 207 at:

728 – 32 St NW
Calgary, AB
T2N 2V9
Phone: 403.217.3707

If visiting the Board Office, please use Westmount Elementary’s doors and ask for directions – the Board Office is in a shared part of the building that needs to be accessed via the proper staircase.

Meeting dates are below.

2020/21 Meeting Dates

To view an archive of previous years meeting dates, click here.

Wednesday         September 16, 2020        6:00 p.m.
Wednesday         October 21, 2020             6:00 p.m.
Wednesday         November 18, 2020         6:00 p.m.
Wednesday         November 25, 2020         4:00 p.m. Society Annual General Meeting
Wednesday         December 16, 2020         6:00 p.m.
Wednesday         January 20, 2021             6:00 p.m.
Wednesday         February 17, 2021           4:00 p.m.
Wednesday         March 17, 2021               6:00 p.m.
Wednesday         April 21, 2021                  6:00 p.m.
Wednesday         May 19, 2021                   6:00 p.m.
Wednesday         June 16, 2021                   5:00 p.m.

Westmount’s Charter Board director profiles are below:

Heather Clitheroe (Chair and Non-Parent Director) – Heather Clitheroe is International Coordinator at the Faculty of Science, University of Calgary. She specializes in partnership development in academic and research collaborations and brings a background in educational program creation and administration to the board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Master of Arts in literary and cultural studies. Also a writer, she is an alumnus of the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts, as well as a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America (SFWA).

Simon Corrin (Parent Director) – Simon is a parent board member who has three children at Westmount; two at the Elementary Campus and one in the Mid-High. Simon has a long-term interest in supporting the school’s vision and mission. His family’s prior experience at other schools has highlighted the difference for them between a standard education and one that supports the varied needs of gifted students from the inside out.  He wholeheartedly supports gifted education, recognizing the critical roles of student resiliency and self-awareness. Simon is Vice-President of the University Heights Community Association and President, CEO / Consultant of Vannin Technology Consulting Inc.   Vannin specializes in Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS). He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Information Technology and Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Physical Psychology (Neurology), Major: Physics.

Julie Errmann (Non-parent Director) – Julie is an entrepreneur and executive director of a not-for-profit organization. She holds a Masters of Education from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts & Education from the University of Quebec, and is currently engaged in an MBA with Athabasca University. She is passionate about choice in education.

Greg Habstritt (Parent Director) is an entrepreneur, author and speaker who has founded and grown a variety of start-up and high-growth companies.  He’s operated in a diverse range of industries including communications, software, real estate, finance, education and veterinary services, and placed two separate ventures on Canada’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies List.  As a Westmount parent, Greg has been actively involved in the school community for more than 6 years and has also volunteered extensively in the community.  He brings strategic thinking, innovation and creative problem-solving skills to the Board.

Peter Khu (Parent Director) – Peter is a parent board member who is focused on supporting Westmount’s inside out charter mandate. He values the goal of creating an environment where administration, staff, parents, and students can be partners in helping each child at Westmount reach their highest personal potential. Since 2011, he has been the President of the University Heights Community Association and has served on the South Shaganappi Strategic Planning Group; a regional community advocacy group within the Northwest sector of Calgary. He is also an active supporter of the arts community in Calgary and has served for two years as the President of the Tritones Rhythm Society, which brings international faculty to teach workshops at an annual tap dance festival. Peter has worked as a management consultant serving clients in North America. Currently, he is a principal in a private investment and asset management company which has land and real estate holdings in Western Canada. Peter believes in the core values of communication, collaboration, and continuous improvement and is the father of two spirited children at the Mid-High, who have thrived with Giftedness from the Inside Out as the guiding principle.

Hoda Kilani (Non-parent Director) is the owner of Right Career Fit, a career coaching practice that helps young adults (ages 14 to 25) and women-in-transition find education/career direction. She is a Certified Professional Career Coach and a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC). Her continued lifelong learning, career, and volunteer involvements provide her with up-to-date expertise in educational project design, business experience, and continuous improvement processes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science, a Master of Education, and a Doctor of Education.

Kathleen Rockwell (Parent Director) is Senior Special Counsel to the Vice‐Chairs at the Alberta Securities Commission. She brings a background in law, commerce and corporate governance policy to the Board. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Laws from McGill University.

Diane Shirra (Non‐parent Director) is Vice President of Business Development for Black Swan Energy. She brings experience as a parent of two gifted children who graduated from Westmount Charter School, broad professional experience in various business functions and a commitment to charter schools and gifted education. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Institut European d’Administration des Affaires).

Myrtle Sproule (Vice-Chair and Non-Parent Director) is the Finance & Regulatory Specialist with the City of Calgary. Prior to commencing her term as a non-parent director, Myrtle served as President of the Westmount Charter School Parent Fundraising Society and Treasurer of Westmount Charter School Council. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster University.

Click here to download the Westmount Charter Board Policy Handbook.

Introduction

These policies are statements, adopted by the charter board, that:

  • guide the governance of our school;
  • reflect our values as a board; and
  • create a framework within which we charge our superintendent to administer the operations of the school.

Our policies set the terms by which the charter board governs. They are written expressions of our principles.

Administrative procedures are the procedures and practices established by or adopted by the superintendent that direct the administration in the implementation or achievement of the results expressed in or intended by board policy statements.

Whereas board policy statements express values and define important objectives, administrative procedures focus more closely on how the administration operates and manages activities within the school.