Heide Doppmeier was a district representative for Calgary City on Provincial Executive Council since July 1, 2016. She had decided to not run in the 2019 PEC Election due to issues with her health. Sadly, she passed away Feb. 22, 2019.
Prior to her time on Council, Heide served as vice-president of Calgary Public Teachers Local No. 38 and on various committees at the local and provincial levels. She had been a member of the Association’s English as a Second Language Council since 2008.
Heide will deeply be missed as a colleague and a friend by many in the profession. Here are words from just a few:
Heide was an inspirational woman and vibrant colleague. She was very passionate and dedicated in her beliefs and a strong advocate for public education. Heide never took a day off and worked tirelessly on behalf of teachers, students and for the ATA at the provincial and local levels.
— Bob Cocking, president of Calgary Public Teachers Local No. 38
Heide was of great help to me when I came on as the new president of Local 55. She did some amazing work with our DEHR committee. Heide listened to individuals’ views and helped lead others forward in our teaching profession.
— Richard Campbell, president of Calgary Separate School Local No. 55
Heide Doppmeier was a fighter. She met everything head-on and with a fierce passion. She fought for what she believed in and who she believed in — public education, her students and teachers. She spoke with conviction and never hesitated to express an opinion. She was an intensely loyal friend, and I will miss her.
— Kathy Hoehn, Calgary City district representative
I met Heide over 10 years ago. Her strengths came to light at the local level when she joined Calgary Public’s Political Action Committee and, one year later, became the chair. Her passion for public education shone through in every event she planned and every contribution she made at local executive and CSR meetings. Her path of service to teachers took her to the vice presidency of Local 38 and, ultimately, to being a Calgary City DR. Her voice will be sorely missed.
— Jenny Regal, ATA vice-president and former president of Calgary Public Teachers Local No. 38
For as long as I knew her, regardless of what role she was in, Heide was a tireless and tenacious advocate for teachers and for the special education and English language learners she taught for so many years. While she was a very private person, she always stood up for what she believed. I will miss these traits and will miss her.
— Greg Jeffery, ATA president