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Westmount Charter School Board

Parents and staff are welcome to attend Charter Board meetings in the capacity of observers. All guests and observers are asked to review the Guest and Observer Card found here. Individuals who wish to have an item placed on the agenda or who wish to make a presentation to the Charter Board are asked to contact the Chairperson or Secretary-Treasurer at least 2 weeks in advance.

Charter Board meeting dates are posted here and on the school’s calendar. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Office.

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.

Parents and staff are welcome to attend Charter Board meetings in the capacity of observers. Individuals who wish to have an item placed on the agenda or who wish to make a presentation to the Charter Board are asked to contact the Chairperson or Secretary-Treasurer at least 2 weeks in advance. All guests and observers are asked to review the Guest and Observer Card found here.

For a copy of agenda or minutes from the current years Board meetings or the AGM, please email secretary-treasurer@westmountcharter.com

Unless otherwise noted, Board Meetings are at 6:00 PM in Room 215, Board Office, Elementary Campus (upstairs in the north wing).

Wednesday     September 20, 2017
Wednesday     October 18, 2017
Wednesday     November 22, 2017
Wednesday     November 28, 2017 4:00pm – Society Annual General Meeting
Wednesday     December 20, 2017 5:00pm
Wednesday     January 17, 2018
Wednesday     February 21, 2018
Wednesday     March 21, 2018
Wednesday     April 18, 2018
Wednesday     May 16, 2018
Wednesday     June 20, 2018 5:00pm

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.

Westmount’s Charter Board director profiles are below:

Amy Burns (Non‐parent Director) is a faculty member of the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary with an administrative role as Director of Field Experience in the Undergraduate Programs in Education. Her expertise lies in the development of teaching and learning in unique contexts with a focus on leadership and the interpretation of policy in action. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge.

Heather Clitheroe (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 alumni 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).

Michelle Imer (Parent Director) – Michelle Imer is a native Calgarian and mom to two funny and delightful boys who attend Westmount – both of whom definitely keep her laughing and always on her toes!

For over twenty years, Michelle has passionately championed the needs of children, having served in the role of “Big Sister” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and area, along with offering her care and support to children and their families as a trained Family Mentor with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Michelle was previously elected to the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Parent Advocacy Board, liaising with School Council in that role, advocating for children who are gifted, whose multifaceted needs are often misunderstood and underserved.

She has dedicated countless volunteer hours in several schools and educational programs. This has allowed for a greater appreciation of both the complexities and joys in the classroom, along with a deeper understanding of the dynamic roles educators play in nurturing the unique needs of gifted learners. In addition, she has extensive experience successfully collaborating with administrators, teachers and support staff for children with special needs and complex medical needs.

Michelle brings a great deal of empathy and understanding for the students in our school. She is delighted to offer her support to our Charter Mandate of Giftedness from the Inside Out by serving on the Westmount Charter School Board of Directors.

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.

Jordan Lewis (Vice-Chair and Parent Director) Jordan is a Construction Management Consultant representing the interests of owners. He brings to the board construction knowledge that is helpful in facility and contracting decisions as well as his past experience serving on Board for an international school. He has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Richmond and a Masters in Construction Management from Virginia Tech.

Kathleen Rockwell (Chair and 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 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 an Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Institut European d’Administration des Affaires).

Audrey Smith (Non-parent Director) is a retired teacher with a Master of Education in Assessment from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education – University of Toronto. She has taught and done program development across the grade range from kindergarten to high school, working in regular classrooms and several special programs and settings. She has served on a Community Board as well as working in several community settings to design and program garden parks for community engagement and learning, including the Westmount Charter Primary Campus Learning Grounds. Audrey also works as an advocate for public land access for urban farming in Calgary. She is a practicing artist and has raised two gifted sons. She has special interest in developing environmental and emotional intelligence.

Myrtle Sproule (Non-Parent Director) – Profile coming shortly.