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Edmonton Catholic Schools

Ward 73

Trustee Carla Smiley

C: 587 408 3589

Carla Smiley was elected on October 16, 2017 and is serving her third year of a four-year term representing Ward 73.

Professional and Education Background

Carla has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia;  As a professional social worker, she focussed on employment and career development programs supporting disadvantaged youth to reach for a better future. 

Carla served as a Program Coordinator for the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, and for the Foundation of St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College. This role gave her the opportunity to be a passionate ambassador for Catholic education, one which she continues to enjoy as a trustee.

Carla has completed the Planned Giving for Canadians Certificate and the Christopher Leadership Course. She has completed the Catholic School Trustee Certificate program at Newman Theological College.

As a Trustee for Edmonton Catholic Schools

As a member of the Committee of the Whole, Carla serves on the Board Governance Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee.  

Internal Committees
Carla is Chair of the Board’s Community Engagement Committee. 
Carla is the alternate on the Division’s negotiating committee for the Alberta Union of

Provincial Employees.
Included in her work as a Board member, Carla was one of two trustees who served as a liaison between the Student Senate/Voice and the Board. 

External Committees, Organizations
Carla is the Board’s alternate representative on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Catholic School Trustee’s Association and the Alberta School Board’s Association, Zone 2/3In her first year as a trustee, Carla was the Board’s representative on Alberta School Board’s Association Zone 2/3.

Volunteer Interests – Church and Community


Carla Initiated and led faith development programs and activities for children, youth and women in Catholic parishes in British Columbia and Alberta for over 20 years.

As a member of the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church community Carla currently serves in the Hospitality Ministry and on the Alpha program Leadership team.  She is also part of the Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples Prayer Ministry team.

Carla is a member of the St. Alphonsus Catholic Women's League (CWL).



Carla has served as a Parent Advisory Council member at her children's schools offering leadership at the local, Division and provincial levels in British Columbia and Alberta.

While in British Columbia Carla served on the Board of Directors, Nelson Community Services Society.

She was also the founder of two parent support groups in rural British Columbia.

During her dozen years as a resident of Ward 73; Carla has been a member of her local Community League.


Carla’s Vision/Goal as Trustee/Statement on Catholic Education

Carla is committed to advocating for the continuance of publicly funded Catholic education. Her goal is to build relationships amongst Government, Home, School, and Parish to better serve our students, and to work with a united Board faithful to Catholic teaching and good governance. 

Christ is the reason for our schools and the source of our excellence.”

Contact Information

Phone                          587 408 3589
Social Media                Facebook:  Carla Smiley – ECSD Trustee Ward 73, Twitter:  @Carla Smiley

Schools in Ward 73:

  • Anne Fitzgerald
  • Ben Calf Robe:  St. Clare
  • Cardinal Collins
  • Father Leo Green
  • Fresh Start Partners For Youth
  • J.J. Bowlen
  • St. Alphonsus
  • St. Bernadette
  • St. Bonaventure  
  • St. Dominic
  • St. Elizabeth Seton
  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • St. Gerard
  • St. Jerome
  • St. Leo
  • St. Maria Goretti
  • St. Nicholas
  • St. Vladimir

List of Wards and Parishes