Meet Your Trustees

Representing a rural area in Vulcan County west and south of Highway 23/24 that includes the Town of Vulcan, Village of Carmangay as well as the community served by Brant Christian School in Brant, Calgary Islamic School, Calgary Christian School, Heritage Christian Academy and Horizon Elementary School, all of Calgary.

He was returned as Board Chair at the organizational meeting held in October 2017.

Phone No.  403-485-1758

Representing the Town of Coaldale, as well as the community served by Trinity Christian School in Calgary, Debbie Laturnus was returned as  Board Vice-Chair at the organizational meeting held in October 2017.

Debbie was first elected to the Board in October of 2013, after becoming involved as a volunteer at the Palliser Regional Schools her two children attended in Coaldale.

She grew up and went to school in rural Manitoba and moved to Alberta at the age of 18. Debbie’s past employment includes work as an office manager at the Southern Alberta Bible Camp and she has been employed at Harper Chiropractic for the past 16 years, now serving as office manager.

Debbie and her husband Jason, a volunteer firefighter for more than a decade, have two boys. Twenty-two-year-old Jordan is recently married and works at the Southern Alberta Bible Camp, while 19-year-old Dylan, is attending Bible School in Saskatchewan.  Debbie and Jason have lived in Coaldale for the past 19 years.

Phone No. - 403-345-0005

Kristine has worked in the human services sector for more than 34 years with substantial experience and advocacy efforts in the areas of youth empowerment, domestic and sexual violence and housing. She is a strong believer in giving at home and has contributed to the community of Coalhurst through many efforts over the 25 years that she has resided there.

A graduate of Mount Royal from the Youth Development Program, Kristine started her career working with youth in care. It was while working at the YWCA Lethbridge and District that she reinvested in her education and completed an Applied BA in Human Service Administration (Grant McEwan) and a Master’s of Science in Leadership/Management from Walden University.

Skilled at the development of programs, policy development, risk management and advocacy, Kristine has also been instrumental in a number of community networks including: the Sexual Violence Action Committee; Domestic Violence Action Team; Southern Alberta Network of Children’s Services; Social Housing In Action; Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism & Discrimination; YWCA Canada Integrating Committee; Miner’s Days Historical Association of Coalhurst; and the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters.

Since February 2016, Kristine has worked as the Director of Operations at Southern Alberta Community Living Association, an agency serving people with developmental disabilities. Recently, Kristine was named to the Board of Governors at Lethbridge College. Kristine maintains registered social worker status in the Province of Alberta and is a certified community traumatologist. She resides in Coalhurst with her husband of 32 years, Dennis – who serves as the town’s Mayor. Together they have one son, Gabriel, a graduate from Coalhurst High School and currently a political science student at the University of Lethbridge.

 

Lorelei and her husband,  David, own and operate a small farm and Petroleum Technology Consulting Company just outside Mossleigh.  They have four children: Kyle, 24; Keean, 22; William, 15; and Annalise, 14. Kyle is working towards his Masters in Geography at the University of Lethbridge.  Keean is working towards a Bachelors of Science in Energy and Energy Economics at the University of Calgary.  Her youngest two children attend County Central High School in Vulcan.

Lorelei has been involved with school councils for the past 17 years, and until running for trustee, was the chair at CCHS for the past two years.  In March of 2016, Lorelei sat on the School Council Chair Advisory Group to help select a panel to perform an organizational review of Palliser Regional Schools.  It was during this time she decided to seek the position of trustee in the 2017 election.

Lorelei has been a lifelong volunteer and currently holds potions at the club, district, regional and provincial levels of 4H.  She worked for 14 years in the public and private sectors, both domestically and internationally, in the areas of finance, legal, and human resources.  After her fourth child was born, she focused on what she believes has been the most rewarding career of all, being a mom to four fantastic children!

Phone No. - 403-485-0823

Don is a newly-elected (2017) trustee who has a lengthy association with Palliser; his wife Jane has been a teacher in the division for over 20 years, and he served most of a decade, mostly as chair, on the Dorothy Dalgliesh and Picture Butte High School parent councils while his two kids were going to school.

Don is a professional archaeologist living in Picture Butte. He has two decades of post-secondary teaching experience at the Universities of Lethbridge and Calgary, Lethbridge College, and Red Crow College. He has also worked as a photographer and youth care worker, and spent a decade working for Canadian Sugar Factories in Picture Butte and Taber. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Lethbridge, and received his MA in Archaeology from the University of Calgary.

Don was given his Blackfoot name – Ihkitsikam – in 2010 after working extensively with Blackfoot Elders Andy Black Water, Frank Weasel Head, David Striped Wolf and Ray Black Blume on Traditional Land Use studies in southern Alberta. His name is derived from the Blackfoot number seven, and is a reference to the Blackfoot legend about the origin of the Big Dipper. Being awarded his name remains one of Don’s proudest accomplishments.

I was born in Lethbridge and raised on the family (Poche) dairy farm east of the Research Station. I attended McNally School and graduated from Kate Andrews High School in 1976, before enrolling at the University of Lethbridge and obtaining my B.Ed. and Professional Diploma in Sp. Ed.

I began my teaching career with the County of Lethbridge in 1970 and retired in 2002. Over that span I taught Grade 1 at Readymade School, R.I. Baker and Coalhurst Elementary, and was an Itinerant Resource Teacher at Sunnyside, McNally and both Coalhurst Elementary and High schools. 

I enjoy new challenges and in 1984 completed my private pilot's licence, and later that year flew to Europe on the Concorde. My sister and I also developed a rural residential subdivision and own and operate the family farm company.

I am a 20-year member of Sweet Adelines and sing with the Southern Accord Chorus. I served on the board for 10 years as treasurer. Once a week I entertain in nursing homes and seniors lodges in and around Lethbridge, and also plan a monthly breakfast outing for seniors.

I live on the family farm with my husband Craig, who is a retired captain from the City of Lethbridge Fire Department.