Debbie was born and raised in the farming community of Handel, Saskatchewan. She and Kevin, married for 41 years, have two daughters who graduated from Edmonton Catholic Schools. They have two grandchildren.
Debbie earned an Early Childhood teaching certificate, before moving into a long and successful career in Training and Development with Canada Safeway. During this time, she won numerous awards for exceptional achievement.
Debbie is well known as a community volunteer and readily available to work with constituents. In 1992, she was awarded the 125th Anniversary of Canada medal for her service to the community by helping newcomers build successful lives for themselves and their families in Edmonton. While her children were going to school, she served in each executive position on Parent Council, and she and her husband are still active in their parish community.
She has proudly served the division for 23 years. During this time Debbie has sat on numerous committees and represented the Division in many provincial capacities. Highlights from her years of service include: Board Chair 11 times, Board Vice Chair five times, and Audit and Finance Chair twice.
Debbie’s thoughts on trusteeship are reflected in her long-term commitment to, and passion for, Catholic education. She truly loves serving the Catholic community. By focusing on her vision of success for every student, she works to ensure each student reaches their full academic potential and graduates feeling the confidence of God’s love. Debbie has a personal goal of being a visible leader in the community and commits to being accessible to all stakeholders in Edmonton Catholic Schools.