Alfred Heim
Published On: Sat, Sep 27th, 2014

Proust Questionnaire For South Stormont Candidates – Karen McAllister

karen mcallisterSSN – We are asking all candidates to fill out our mini survey so the public can get to know them better.  We are posting them as they arrive in chronological order.
Our final entry is Karen McAllister who is running for re-election as the Trustee of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO)

1) Who are you?  My name is Karen McAllister and I am running for re-election to the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO).  I have two children who have gone to Our Lady of Good Council, St. Georges, St. Joeseph’s Catholic High School and St. Matthews Catholic High School. I also have a large extended family, and a wonderful network of friends, teachers, and people of faith, who are not afraid to share their opinions and who provide me with input and perspective.


2)  Why are you running for office?  I believe that we all have gifts to share within our communities and I am proud to be a part of the Catholic School System; I want to continue to build on the legacy of success that we have achieved. I have served this community before and wish to do so again. My passion is helping parents navigate the difficult pathways to support for their children, and spread the good works and real benefits of a Catholic education.



3) What are the three best things about our community?  The best things about my community are the bond between home, school and Parish; how we all work together for our children to achieve and be successful.


4) What are your three priorities to improve the CDSBEO in Stormont and Dundas?


The priorities I see when I work as a trustee include:


  1. A) Helping to improve communications with parents and the broader community. Recommend the establishment of a Trustee Newsletter that goes out to all parents and parishes providing parents and the broader community with information on the good works and programs established within our schools.


  1. B) Improved service with a focus of breaking down barriers and stigmatism of mental health and other exceptionalities or special needs. We need to find better ways to close the gap and ensure success for all of the students in our schools. We are doing that now, but we are striving to improve for all our studentsʼ success.


  1. C) Improved programming targeting achievement for all.  We are focussing on our Collaborative Inquiry Learning program. What this means is learning based directly on where the child’s inquiry goes. Where they ask questions, and focus the training in that direction. Children become engaged in their learning research instead of us telling them where there research should take them.


5) Who was your hero as a child?   My mother was my childhood hero. She encouraged me to share my gifts and explore my talents. I loved music; especially the piano and singing and I shared those gifts in my church and school community. I participated in plays, Christmas choirs and other fundraising activities. She taught me to shared my gifts and talents which I have carried with me into my adult life. It taught me how to speak up, be heard, and share myself and my ideas with others, and how important it was to do so.


6) If you could brand the South Stormont of the future in one word what would that word be? Stormont and Dundas are wonderful rural communties where parents can raise and educate their children in safe, caring schools. I am proud to be part of that success, and I hope to continue in that role.