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Ward 73

Trustee Cindy Olsen

P: 780-405-1535
F: 780-477-0974

Cindy Olsen, elected as a trustee for Edmonton Catholic Schools in October 2007, was re-elected in October 2010 and in 2013 for her third term. 
Professional History
Cindy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, from the University of Alberta, a Diploma on Fund Development and Volunteer Management, from MacEwan University, and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of General Studies, Athabasca University.

Cindy's background includes the following:

  • Social Worker/Probation Officer for the Alberta Government
  • Habitat for Humanity, Manager of Volunteer Development
  • Alzheimer's Society, Fund Development Manager for the Province of Alberta
  • YWCA Edmonton, Fund Development Manager
  • Alberta Science Literacy Association, Executive Director
  • Co-founded/directed an Aboriginal not-for-profit organization, developing a cross-cultural training program and developing and facilitating cultural teachings and protocols within various organizations
  • Sole proprietor of "Mother Earth Adventures"

As a Trustee
Cindy has served as Board Chair for two one-year terms and as Vice-Chair for one term.  Cindy has also served as the Chair of the Board Planning Committee (Governance & Priorities Committee).
Committees of the Board
Cindy has served the Board on a variety of committees and the Committee of the Whole including the Board Governance and Priorities Committee, and the Audit and Finance Committee. 

Internal Committees

Other internal committees Cindy has served include: the Board Policy Development and Review Committee, the Board Advocacy Committee, and the Board Social Justice Committee.  Cindy has represented the Board on the District's Interpretation Committees for the Alberta Teachers' Association, the Alberta Union of Public Employees, and on the District's Negotiation teams for the Alberta Union of Public Employees.   

Cindy was instrumental in establishing the Board's Council of Elders and has served as the Board's representative since it was established in 2008.   Cindy has served as the Board's representative on Edmonton Catholic Schools Foundation since its establishment. 

External Committees
Cindy has served on the Alberta School Boards Association Task Force on First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education since its inception and as the Board's representative on the City's ELEVATE Education Committee that developed recommendations resulting in the City's Community Sustainability Task Force on which Cindy served on one of the Task Force's sub-committees. 

Volunteer Interests
  • Alberta Government's Board Development Program facilitating Board Development for not-for-profit organizations throughout Alberta
  • Edmonton's REACH Board
  • Alberta Social Planning Council Board
  • Elk Island National Park Friends of Elk Island
  • Lac La Nonne Enhancement Society, the purpose of which was to clear up water quality within the Lac La Nonne Watershed
  • As a member and president (for 10 years) on the Highland's Community League (during that time Cindy spearheaded the initiative to complete the Capilano Freeway now known as the Wayne Gretzky Drive)
Cindy's Vision/Goal
Guided by the District's Core Values of dignity and respect, honesty, loyalty, fairness, and personal and communal growth, Cindy's personal vision/goal is to make decisions that result in the best education for each and every student according to their gifts, and to preserve publicly funded Catholic Education for future generations.

Contact Information
Telephone:  780-405-1535

Schools in Ward 73: 
Anne Fitzgerald
Ben Calf Robe:  St. Clare
Father Leo Green
.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