Ted Paszek, Chair
With the exception of one three-year term, Ted Paszek has been a trustee with Elk Island Catholic Schools since 1983. He is a former president of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association and the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association. After a long career as a teacher, consultant, and school principal, Ted completed his doctorate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta in 2012. He is an adjunct professor in Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. His previous degrees include a BA in English, a B.Ed. and M.Ed. in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Religious Education from Newman Theological College. Ted and Jan are long-time residents of the County and active parishioners at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Their four children all graduated from Elk Island Catholic Schools and three grandchildren are currently attending Catholic schools in Sherwood Park. Ted has been a lifelong advocate for Catholic Education.
Le-Ann Ewaskiw, Vice-Chair
Le-Ann attended EICS throughout her school years and is a wife of 23yrs to the love of her life Mike and is blessed to be a mother of two children who both graduated from EICS.
After a career in the hospitality and entertainment industry, Le-Ann moved back to Sherwood Park to raise her family. During this time Le-Ann found her passion as the Youth Coordinator at the Information & Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County for 13 years. Le-Ann attends both the St. Sophia’s Catholic Ukrainian Parish and The Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish and continues to devote her full support and encouragement to the betterment and success of youth and maintains a very strong presence within the community.
Le-Ann’s love for people and leadership has always come to fruition with her past
volunteer roles as Sunday Promenade Chair (Edmonton Pride Events/Klondike DaysAssociation), Vice Chair and Chair (Fort Road Business Association) Marketing & Promotions Coordinator (Beverly Heights Community League) Vice President & President (Koperoush Ukrainian Dance Association), Member (Building Strong Communities Committee and Cultivating Community Committee).
She feels blessed and honored to be serving her first term and is passionate about providing choice for parents who seek Catholic Faith as their priority of education. Le-Ann wishes to honor the students and their families with the opportunity for faith-based knowledge, guidance, skills as well as a sense of family and belonging that EICS provides.
Jean Boisvert, Trustee
Jean and his wife Micki, have been residents of Sherwood Park and members of OLPH Parish in excess of 50 years. Their 3 children completed their K – 12 Catholic Education in Sherwood Park.
Jean is a retiree from AGT/TELUS after a successful 35-year career. Jean is an active member of the OLPH Parish Community (usher, commentator, and Eucharistic Minister) and the Knights of Columbus. In addition, Jean has been an active member of the Sherwood Park community through his involvement in minor sports. He served as Director and President of the Sherwood Park Minor Hockey Association and Chair of the Provincial North Zone Referees Association.
Jean has been a Trustee for 10 terms, and during this time has served as Board Chair and Vice-Chair, and a member of all Board committees at one time or other. He has also served with the Alberta Catholic School Trustee Association (ACSTA) as Director and President, Director of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association (CCSTA), Board Representative at the Alberta School Board Association (ASBA) Zone 23, and ASBA Board of Directors.
Jean has a passion for education and truly believes that all children are a gift from God and should be afforded safe and caring learning environments and educational opportunities. Jean also believes that all EICS staff, all should be able to share their gifts and passion for education in the same safe and caring environment. Jean is a strong and passionate advocate for Catholic Education and its important role in Alberta’s diverse and world-class education system - Catholic education must be preserved, not only for today’s generation but for future generations.
Michelle Szott, Trustee
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Michelle Szott is a wife and a mother of three. She has lived in Sherwood Park for 28 years.
Michelle has been actively involved in and served on a variety of ministries at Our Lady Perpetual Help Catholic Parish. For several years she has been an active member of the Catholic Women’s League. Michelle is an engaged and dedicated community volunteer.
She has been an EICS Trustee since 2013 which allows her to advocate and support EICS and Catholic Education, both at the local and provincial levels.
Michelle’s pastimes include downhill skiing, golfing, swimming, watercolour painting, walking her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.
Al Stewart, Trustee
Al Stewart grew up in Edmonton and was an active member of St. Pius X Parish and received a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta. Al then journeyed through a rewarding teaching career in the communities of Camrose, Ponoka, and ending in Fort Saskatchewan. Al spent the majority of his educational career in Fort Saskatchewan and taught at both St. John XXIII Catholic School and Our Lady of Angels Catholic School in Fort Saskatchewan over a 30 plus year career. Al feels that he is very privileged to have attended and taught his entire career in Catholic schools.
Al moved to Fort Saskatchewan in 1981 and married Rose in 1982 and enjoyed the delight of 2 daughters and now 3 fantastic grandchildren. Al has immersed himself in the community and has served on the Fort Saskatchewan Library Board and works with the Fort Precinct Museum and loves living and enjoying the great community of Fort Saskatchewan.
Al is a lifelong learner and is very passionate about Catholic Education. This dedication to Catholic Education was the impetus for him to run as the Trustee for Fort Saskatchewan in October 2019 and he enjoys this position greatly.
Ron Baier, Trustee
Ron is married to Anita and has two children Alicia and Jordan. Ron’s life has been immersed in education; advocating for, supporting, promoting, and enhancing Catholic Education which he believes is one of the greatest gifts the church has given us. To work in Catholic Education is a ministry requiring a sacred trust which brings with it not only solemn responsibilities but also special blessings. Ron is passionate about Catholic Education, always focused on what makes our schools different - our mandate to bring up our children in the faith. We are called to keep our eyes, minds, hands, and hearts open to serve as Jesus did; to care as Jesus did and go where Jesus would go.
After 35 years in education as a teacher and principal, Ron is currently working with adult foundational learners as the executive director of Camrose Adult Learning Council. Past servant leadership involvements include conference chair and vice president of the Religious and Moral Education Council, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Western Catholic Reporter, and active in Parish Ministries.
Ron is an avid fisherman who enjoys camping, working in his yard and garden growing new varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Teresa Makowecki, Trustee