My name is Peter MacKay, and I’m running for Northwest district representative of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. I’m a proud father of two and I’ve been happily married to my wife Stephanie for 25 years.
I’ve been a teacher for 19-and-a-half years: three with Peace River School Division and the rest with Grande Prairie Catholic Schools. In that time, I’ve worn a number of professional hats: a grades 7 to 12 teacher, school counsellor, special needs teacher, and three years as principal of St. Thomas More school. In addition, I’ve played a variety of volunteer roles: 16 years of coaching, drama club liaison, MC for dozens of school events, and countless other times when I’ve put up my hand and said “I’ll do it.”
Throughout my career I’ve been active in the Association: Economic Policy Committee (EPC) and Negotiation Subcommittee member, EPC chair, pension consultant and C2 committee representative. I am currently proud to be the president and EPC chair of Grande Prairie Catholic Local No. 42, a member of a tri-local DEHR committee, and an economic consultant for the Association.
I’m running for DR because I believe that the ATA needs to evolve. We do an exemplary job of supporting teachers, but we need to find new ways to serve the profession as the pace of societal change accelerates.
Teachers know that the situation in Alberta schools grows more challenging every year. Our classrooms become increasingly complex, demands on our time continue to escalate, and respect for our professional judgment keeps dwindling.
Teachers are the best navigators of this change; we need the Association to help us achieve the kind of working conditions and professional autonomy that will enable us to find the best way forward for our profession and for our pupils.
Please support me with your vote for Northwest district representative.