Fa­mil­iar faces back on Catholic board bal­lot

Medicine Hat News - - ELECTION 2017 - TIM KALINOWSKI tkali­nowski@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNTimKal

All Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in­cum­bent trustees, with the ex­cep­tion of Regina Durst, who is still un­de­cided, con­firmed this week they will be run­ning in the school board elec­tion on Oc­to­ber 16. A fifth trustee po­si­tion was ap­proved by the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter ear­lier this year guar­an­tee­ing there will be at least one new voice at the ta­ble af­ter this fall’s elec­tion.

Dick Mas­tel

Dick Mas­tel is the cur­rent chair of the Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. Mas­tel said he has al­ways had a pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion, and be­ing a trustee is a very ful­fill­ing way to pub­licly serve that cause in Medicine Hat. He is cur­rently fin­ish­ing his sec­ond term on the board.

“I like to be part of the de­ci­sion­mak­ing lo­cally, and I think I have some skills that are good for that,” said Mas­tel. “The past four years have been in­ter­est­ing and we have ac­com­plished a lot as a board. It’s not every day as a trustee you get to pre­side over the build­ing of a new school (St. John Paul II) and the mod­ern­iza­tion of an­other (Mon­signor McCoy). It has been ex­cit­ing.”

Peter Grad

MHCBE’s long­est serv­ing trustee, and for­mer chair, Peter Grad, is ex­cited to run again this Oc­to­ber. Grad also served on the board of di­rec­tors for the Al­berta School Boards As­so­ci­a­tion and board of di­rec­tors for Al­berta Catholic School Trustees As­so­ci­a­tion.

“These past 10 years have been re­ally ed­u­ca­tional for me, and it has been a plea­sure to serve,” said Grad. “The rea­son I want to run again of course is be­cause I re­ally think Catholic ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant ... I also re­ally think I get it when it comes to un­der­stand­ing how boards and trustees com­mu­ni­cate with the Al­berta gov­ern­ment.”

Robert Ris­ling

First-term trustee Robert Ris­ling is a dea­con in the Catholic church, and brings the strong faith-based per­spec­tive as­so­ci­ated with this call­ing to his du­ties as a trustee. Ris­ling felt vot­ers ap­pre­ci­ated his deep com­mit­ment to pub­lic ser­vice.

“I have made a life­long com­mit­ment to serve, and I con­sider trustee­ship an ex­ten­sion of my pas­toral min­istry,” said Ris­ling. “So it is some­thing I hope to con­tinue for the next four years. This is my first term, and I have en­joyed it. Our cur­rent board I con­sider a priv­i­lege to be with, and we work to­gether well. We are highly col­lab­o­ra­tive and no­body has an agenda. Our stu­dents and our staff are re­ally our pri­or­ity.”

Regina Durst

First-term trustee Regina Durst said ear­lier this week she was still un­de­cided as to whether she would run for re-elec­tion. Durst said what­ever de­ci­sion she comes to, it has been a priv­i­lege to serve as a trustee these past few years.

“I haven’t made a fi­nal de­ci­sion but want to say it has been a priv­i­lege to work with amaz­ing peo­ple that serve our chil­dren,” Durst said. “My main con­cern is to help oth­ers. I want to make sure things are run­ning well and other peo­ple are happy. That’s how I feel ful­filled.”

Regina Durst

Robert Ris­ling

Dick Mas­tel

Peter Grad

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