Lorraine has lived in the Stony Plain/Parkland County area for 43 years. She and her husband, Mike, have two married daughters and six grandchildren.
Lorraine holds a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Alberta, specializing in special education. Her doctorate degree, also from the University of Alberta, focused on inclusive education. Lorraine is a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.
Lorraine worked as an Educational Assistant and Teacher in Parkland School Division with children in early childhood services’ programs and students from elementary level to high school. In her role as facilitator in Student Support at PSD, she was part of the senior leadership team supporting educators. During her twelve years in senior management at Alberta Education, Lorraine’s portfolios included oversight for programming and the development of policy, guidelines, standards and legislation related to special education; inclusive education; private schools; reviews and appeals; cross-ministry work; early childhood services; attendance board and international schools.
Throughout her career, Lorraine has taught courses for Athabasca University, and she continues to enjoy the opportunities that being an Educational Consultant provides. Lorraine volunteers on numerous boards locally, provincially and nationally and learns much from being part of organizations with varied mandates and perspectives.
Lorraine’s passion for education comes from a belief that education is rooted in family and community. A strong legislative and policy framework provides the foundation to support educators in their work. We are working together to support all learners. To that end, Lorraine understands the value of building effective relationships with students, parents, educators and stakeholders.
Lorraine believes in providing opportunities for parental engagement and involvement to ensure that the board understands all perspectives and the potential impact of board decisions. Lorraine feels that the board must continue to explore ways to provide clear communication that is timely, respectful and relevant.