Calgary Girls Charter School Board
The Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Society and is responsible for the governance and overall operation of the Calgary Girls Charter School in accordance with the Society By-Laws, the Provincial Education Act and Alberta Education Regulations.
The Board is comprised of nine Directors, with up to a maximum of one third of Directors being parents of students attending the school and the other Directors being community members with an area of specific expertise who support the charter goals and overall mandate of the school. Directors are elected for a 3 year term. Directors also serve on various committees which make recommendations to the Board.
The Calgary Girls Charter School is a member of The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools. (TAAPCS)
To view important documents regarding Calgary Girls Charter School please see below.
All members of the public are invited to attend Charter Board meetings in the capacity of observers. Please RSVP to Wendy Juergens indicating your attendance. Individuals who wish to have an item placed on the agenda or who wish to make a presentation to the Charter Board are also asked to contact the Secretary-Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks in advance of the Board meeting.
September 15 Regular Board Meeting
October 20 Regular Board Meeting
November 17 Regular Board Meeting
November 24 Society Annual General Meeting
December 15 Committee of the Whole (if necessary)
January 20 Regular Board Meeting
February 17 Regular Board Meeting
March 17 Regular Board Meeting
April 21 Regular Board Meeting
May 19 Regular Board Meeting
May 26 Society General Meeting for an Election (if necessary)
June 13 Board Planning Retreat, Organizational Meeting, Regular Board Meeting and Board Appreciation
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Margo Purcell founded Open To Possibilities Inc. in 2004, a company focused on helping individuals, teams and organizations explore and reach their highest potential. Her proven facilitating and team-building skills have garnered a reputation as an invaluable resource to her performance-focused and results oriented clients. She has a particular passion in the area of career leadership and is one of few who is certified to facilitate the LifePath career exploration workshop. In recent years, she has had the privilege of delivering LifePath to young adults and urban Aboriginal youth, which proved to be some of the most meaningful work she has ever done. Margo graduated from Brock University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. An active member of her community, she also volunteers with Bridges Social Development and continues to provide team development and leadership development to the staff of the Calgary Food Bank.
Gary Care has over 25 years of progressive senior experience in the oil and gas and telecommunications industries. Gary graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan and then moved to Alberta to pursue a career with Telus. While at Telus, he began his Master’s degree, graduating with an MBA in 1994. After leaving Telus, Gary moved to Bell where he spent 10 years in Manager and Director-level roles across the fields of marketing, product management, business development and strategy. He more recently made a transition into oil and gas with Suncor Energy, where he has led teams in the supply chain, finance & planning, and corporate security teams.
Gary’s daughter recently graduated from CGCS and he also has a younger son. Other passions for Gary and his family include travelling, downhill skiing, camping and biking.
Sheri is the Director of Marketing at Rockpoint Gas Storage, the largest independent owner and operator of natural gas storage in North America. Sheri has 20 years of experience in natural gas marketing and trading. She is responsible the long-term marketing strategy and customer portfolio for her organization. She leads the cross-functional coordination and resolution of all regulatory, technical, engineering, business development, commercial and risk issues for the organization’s natural gas storage assets.
Sheri holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.
Sheri’s daughter currently attends the Calgary Girls Charter School and she has seen first-hand the positive impact of an all-girls learning environment. She is excited to be a part of a school board that celebrates young women and encourages them to break through stereotypes, find their voice and achieve greatness. When she’s not busy being a career woman or a mom, you will find her out running, biking or weightlifting.
Sharon Fleming, MBA, is the Director of Fleet Services at The City of Calgary. With significant public sector experience in both Calgary and Toronto, Sharon leads an award-winning team of over 200 employees and is responsible for managing nearly 4000 vehicles and equipment. Her strengths in strategic planning, business management, process improvement, and IT strategies coupled with operational experience and a citizen-centric approach helps deliver the services that make The City of Calgary a great place to live.
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Sharon is no stranger to all-girls education. Having attended Holy Name of Mary School in Mississauga – an all-girls high school and Camp Mi A Kon Da – an all-girls camp, Sharon has benefited from the learning, independence, and confidence an all-girls environment offers to young women and is looking forward to offering the same opportunity to her three daughters of which one is currently a CGCS student. Sharon has also been a committed unit leader and advisor in the Girl Guides of Canada organization where she has established herself as a role model for the next generation of leaders.
Christine Jackson is the Consulting Manager for Western Canada at SAS Institute (Canada), leading both business development and delivery teams. With several years of experience in the software and technology industry through R&D and Consulting, Christine currently oversees the regional customer success strategy in various industries for solutions such as artificial intelligence/machine learning, cloud analytics, data management and visualization. She also has a global mandate, servicing customers throughout North America and Europe, and is the professional services practice lead for advanced analytics solutions in risk management for energy, agriculture and utility companies.
Christine has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business from Carleton University. She is also a proud alumnus of the first graduating class of the Calgary Girls Charter School, bringing a unique perspective to the Board of Directors. In her spare time, Christine is an active member of the Calgary Highland Dance community.
Carmen Jeam has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and management both in Canada and overseas. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics. Her current role is Business Development Manager for the global firm International SOS, where she has built a reputation as a creative, strategic thinker who also has the organizational skills to execute projects from start to finish.
As a graduate of Canada’s oldest all-girls school (Bishop Strachan) and a parent of a CGCS student, Carmen is passionate about the benefits of an all-girls academic environment. When not working full time and helping to manage her husband, teenage son and daughter – Carmen gives back to the community. Carmen has served as the Vice Board Chair at the Child Enrichment Centre and is the Vice Chair at Mount Royal Junior High Parent’s Council. She is a dedicated volunteer for Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, delivering the “Economics of Staying in School” program to Grade Nine students across the city. In her own neighborhood, Carmen is an active organizer of events such as Big Drew’s Big Ride for ALS and events for the Marda Loop Community Association.
Ashley Jensen has over 11 years of experience in the field of accounting and is most recently working as an audit and assurance manager for western Canada based accounting firm, Crowe MacKay LLP.
Ashley earned her Charted Accountant designation in 2013 and has since passionately pursued a career in public practice accounting. Her specialty is in providing corporate audit and assurance services for compliance purposes, with many of her clients being not-for-profit organizations, including several education providers. In addition to her role as an audit manager, she is also involved with women’s initiatives and the recruitment and training of CPA articling students at her firm.
As part of the CGCS Board, Ashley hopes to help in any way she can to positively impact the education of young women and girls. She believes in the importance of giving back to the community and is an advocate for helping our future female leaders develop the skills and foundation necessary to be successful.
When she is not practicing accounting, Ashley enjoys travelling; some of her favorite destinations have included London, Greece, Italy and the Oregon coast. She is also a fitness enthusiast and enjoys hot yoga, gym training, taking her two dogs to the park and snowboarding.
Angela MacLeod is the Policy and Research Officer for the Real Estate Council of Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Calgary. Angela previously worked as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Fraser Institute where she was co-author of their annual school rankings, and authored other studies on education policy. She also has experience in business management and commercial banking, and is an avid volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada, where she has held a number of senior leadership positions.
Bronwhyn Simmons is a lawyer practicing in the areas of civil and commercial litigation. She is a born-and-raised Calgarian who completed her Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Lethbridge, and her law degree at the University of Alberta. In her spare time, Bronwhyn enjoys hiking, golf, and playing softball. As an alumnus of the Calgary Girls Charter School, Bronwhyn brings a unique perspective to her leadership role as Communications Director.
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