Calgary City

DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES
(three to be elected)

 

RICHARD BIECHE 

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It would be my privilege to represent Calgary City teachers on the Provincial Executive Council.

Obviously, these are challenging times for our profession in terms of our working lives:

  • Current public education policies
  • Protection of working conditions
  • Salaries
  • And now control of our pension fund

For these points stated above, and for any issues involving the governance of the ATA, my philosophical base will be, firstly, that I am representing Calgary’s locals and its teachers to Provincial Executive Council.

And that is my primary motivation for running for the position of district representative:

  • I wish to ensure that the voices and concerns of Calgary’s teachers are heard and accounted for at the provincial leadership level of our Association.

About me

Born and raised here, I am married to a teacher, with two children currently in our schools.

I have been teaching in Calgary since 1991, at all grade levels from kindergarten through to Grade 12.

My Alberta Teachers’ Association involvement has been

  • Local No.55 acting president
  • Local No.55 vice-president, community relations
  • Local No. 55 past president
  • Council of Schools representative
  • professional development
  • Annual Representative assemblies

My career has also taken me to Nova Scotia, Japan and Europe, so I have had the privilege of meeting and working with very high-quality colleagues and students over the years, not just from Alberta but from across the continent and other parts of the world.

There are many things about the teaching vocation here in Alberta that are great. We need to protect that. There are also many benefits to this career that are eroding, and we require competent and effective answers for these challenges.

I’m hoping for the opportunity to pursue these objectives as your district representative. 

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KATHY HOEHN

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Since being elected as district representative in 2015, I have proudly advocated for you, my fellow Calgary teachers. In 2019, Calgary teachers attained permanent instructional and assignable time clauses in collective agreements. Our work hours are bound by these clauses, even during this pandemic.

Experience gained with the Calgary Catholic executive and the Calgary City Teachers’ Convention Association prepared me for the role of district representative. I continue to work with locals to understand the unique needs of Calgary teachers. As a Calgary teacher, I bring your voice to Provincial Executive Council.

As chair of the Women in Leadership Committee, I am dedicated to removing the barriers experienced by women in education. My work on that committee helped to inspire and establish Local Women in Leadership committees, including those formed in both Calgary locals. As a member of the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Committee, I advocate for racialized peoples and gender and sexual minorities. I work to amplify your voices.

A broad range of provincial committees has strengthened my advocacy for teachers and public education. I am proud to have served on the following committees: Curriculum, Well Being of Children and Youth, English as a Second Language Council, Second Languages and Intercultural Council, School Leaders’ Issues and Concerns, and Resolutions.

I am passionate about reducing class size and providing supports for complex learners. I advocate for professional autonomy, a unified profession and fair teacher compensation. I advocate for eliminating inequities highlighted by this pandemic. I work to unify teacher voices against the damaging decisions of government. Our pensions need ATRF control. Curriculum needs to work in our classrooms.

I look to the Teaching Profession Act, ATA policy, our Code of Professional Conduct, and especially, to your voices to guide me in every decision. I would be honoured to again serve Calgary teachers as your district representative.

KEVIN KEMPT

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I am seeking re-election as your district representative because Calgary City teachers deserve strong, experienced representation focused on what’s best for the future of all teachers —public, Catholic and francophone. Calgary City teachers need knowledgeable and effective representation advancing their concerns at Provincial Executive Council. I will provide a powerful voice for you.

I am proud to be a teacher. I understand and empathize with you, my colleagues. I will work to find solutions to our long-standing and our new evolving issues. I am committed and dedicated to representing you with integrity.

The current education landscape in our province is challenging. With a government that seems intent on further provincial cutbacks, it is imperative that your views are clearly articulated and your interests defended. The pressures of increasing classroom complexity and bureaucratic demands persist while resources, funding and personal health continue to erode. Ongoing collective agreement bargaining must ensure a fair and reasonable salary increase, stronger classroom and school supports, and improvements in our working conditions.

My extensive experience will serve you well as I fulfill the duties of district representative for Calgary City teachers. The breadth and depth of my involvement at both the local and provincial levels of our association cannot be understated. My record proves I have the skill and ability to represent you.

As your district representative, I promise I will continue to advance your interests as part of open, forthright and honest discussion and debate at Provincial Executive Council.

Kevin currently teaches at START Outreach (Discovering Choices). During his 32 years of teaching, he has served Calgary teachers on numerous committees at both the provincial and local levels of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, including vice-president and president of Calgary Public Teachers Local No. 38 and seven terms as district representative, Calgary City.

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DARREN MOROZ

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As teachers, we are working harder than ever in increasingly complex classrooms. Our students’ diverse academic, social and cultural learning needs have been magnified during this pandemic. Teacher workload, complex classroom conditions, the increasing demands of technology and widespread underfunding of public education impact our profession. We often lack the necessary resources and supports to best champion our students.

I have had the great privilege of representing Calgary City teachers as your district representative. In my first term, I strongly advocated for our teachers by communicating and collaborating with government and educational partners to meet the needs of our membership, including the health and safety of our students and teachers. I worked to improve educational support systems and to promote sustainable, effective and collegial professional development. I worked vigorously to bring to the forefront the valuable contributions that substitute/guest teachers provide in our districts.

I am committed to engaging with teachers to elevate awareness and appreciation of our teaching profession as we strive to consistently deliver the highest quality of public education to the students of Alberta. I will continue to listen to your concerns and be a strong voice dedicated to improving the teaching and learning conditions for teachers and students. Please visit my website at www.darrenmoroz.com.

I have been an educator for 31 years, currently teaching elementary physical education at Our Lady of Peace School in Calgary. I have served teachers of Local 55 as treasurer, vice-president and president of the Calgary City Teachers’ Convention Association (CCTCA). I have represented Calgary City teachers on Provincial Executive Council, Local 38/55 executive, Council of School Representatives and PD committees; as provincial liaison to CCTCA; and I am the chair of the Provincial Substitute Teachers’ Committee. I have attended the Annual Representative Assembly for 23 consecutive years. My wife Krista and I have two teenage sons, Nicholas and Jacob.


 

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