Dear Ward 11 & 13 Residents and Parents,

My name is Hilary Sellen and I am a mother and concerned Calgarian.

Like many of you, I am concerned about the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and their constant attack on Parental rights, choice in Education, and the fiscally irresponsible behaviour which is putting an increased burden on parents in this very difficult time.

Spending is out of control, fees are increasing and transportation issues are placing families in every difficult situation. Students have been unable to obtain the school quality they deserve amidst the lock downs. For these reasons, I have decided to run for Trustee for the CBE in order to put our children first.

I am officially registered as a candidate for this area and will appear on the ballot on October 18,2021.

I need your vote to get elected so I can bring Parental Rights, Transparency, School Choice and fiscally responsibility back to our school board.

HERE ARE SOME QUICK FACTS :

• In May 2020, the CBE was audited for running a shortfall. The Education Minister ordered this because of “reckless misuse of taxpayer dollars”. The release of the audit comes as the board deliberates its latest $1.37 billion budget, left a deficit of $62 million despite proposed cuts, increased fees which forced the province to offer an additional $20.6 million in funding.

• When compared to other school boards, the CBE has the highest administrative costs.

• In 2010-11, the board trustees locked themselves into an expensive, 20-year office lease in which they are paying more than it would have cost them to purchase the building. It is clear that the current group of school board trustees are not fiscally responsible.

MY SOLUTIONS

• Fiscal Responsibility - We need financial stewards that will stop having shortfalls.

Stop The Blame Game - All levels of government are struggling with revenues and the CBE consistently blames the provincial government (no matter who is in power) rather than taking responsibility.

• Parental Consent - I strongly oppose any policy or law which bypasses parental consent and interferes with the parent/child bond. Parents know what is best for their child; not government, bureaucrats or activists. Parents MUST be included in all discussions regarding their children except in rare and unique circumstances, in which case schools are obliged to involve other resources such as social services. As primary caregivers of their children, parents must be informed, involved, consulted, and notified. This is in the interest of the child’s safety.

• School Choice - In the province of Alberta, there is tremendous diversity found amongst families. Our diversity is what helps make our province strong! For this reason there must be a variety of options available to every parent when they are looking for the best placement for the education of their children. Freedom to attend a public school, a faith-based school, an independent school or to home school should always remain a choice. There are many reasons why children may attend a certain school. Children learn best and families flourish where there is choice.

• Standardized Testing - Standardized testing such as the Canadian Test for Basic Skills and Diploma examinations ensures a set of basic educational skills is being attained by students.

These are just some of my solutions, but, I want to hear from you.

WHAT YOU CAN DO! – You can help in the following ways:

  1. Tell me your concerns by filling out a survey

  2. Donate - I rely on people like you for my financial support and any amount will help in this campaign in Putting Our Children First. Please donate now

  3. Volunteer - I need help door knocking, working the phones, dropping literature, and more

  4. You can call me at 587-586-3364 or email Hilary@TakeBackTheCBE.ca to get involved

BIO

Hilary Sellen has been a resident of Calgary since 2000. Hilary was born and raised in rural Manitoba. Hilary has raised 3 children and they have been in home school, private school and public school. Hilary is 58 years of age.

Hilary Sellen graduated from Springfield Collegiate Institute, the University of Manitoba and from Mount Royal University.

Hilary has volunteered on campaigns including Calgary SE MLA Matt Jones and Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson in Red Deer-Lacombe.

Hilary has also served our community as a soccer coach, church worship leader and fundraiser for Emma House (providing support for pregnant women). Currently, Hilary is undergoing training with the Canadian Leadership Institute (CLI).

Hilary is a financial supporter of the Progressive Group for Independent Business (PGIB) and the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms.

Hilary Sellen
Public School Board Trustee Candidate Ward 11 & 13