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School Board Election

Posted on Sep 1, 2021

The Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education (MHCBE), promotes and encourages its citizens to run for the Office of the Catholic School Trustee. 

Medicine Hat School Board Election Nomination 2021 (Full Package)

Who are Trustees and Why are They Important?

As locally-elected representatives of the public, individual trustees are accountable to their constituents and responsible for overseeing and directing the school division’s operations.  Trustees form the governing body of the School Board and play a vital role as communicators, policy makers, role models and politicians.  A trustee participates in making decisions that benefit the entire Division while representing the views of their constituents and communicates board decisions back to their constituents. 

Catholic school trustees also play an integral role as advocates for Catholic education by ensuring students receive an education permeated by our Catholic faith. As governors of an Alberta Catholic school division, our Board of Trustees is accountable to both the Archbishop of Calgary and Minister of Education.

What is the Role of a Catholic School Trustee?

Trustees act to defend and advocate for government policy, legislation and funding that protects the distinctive nature of Catholic education.

Trustees build significant partnerships within and beyond the Catholic community in support of Catholic education.

Goal Setter: 
The Board of Trustees has the responsibility to:

  • approve the Division’s Plan for Continuous Growth;
  • approve the Division’s annual budget;
  • approved the Division’s Capital Plan;
  • support our Division’s mission and vision; and
  • appoint, hold accountable, and support the Superintendent.

Policy Maker: 
Trustees develop and maintain policies, regularly evaluate the impact and effectiveness of these policies, and make adjustments where necessary.

Role Model:
Trustees maintain a positive image locally, provincially and nationally.

Who can Become a Catholic School Trustee Candidate?

To register as a candidate in the 2021 MHCBE general election, you must be eligible to vote. This means you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • A resident of an MHCBE ward for the six consecutive months immediately before Nomination Day (September 20, 2021)

Candidates seeking trusteeship must also be of the Catholic faith.

Candidates may not be an employee, in any capacity, of MHCBE unless they take a leave of absence.  

There may be other reasons an individual is ineligible to register as a candidate. You can find detailed information in sections 21-24 of the Local Authorities Election Act.

If you wish to register as a Medicine Hat Catholic Trustee candidate, you are encouraged to review sections 4(4) and 74 of the Education Act.

Important Dates

Nominations will be accepted from January 1, 2021 to until noon on Nomination Day Monday September 20, 2021. Candidates must drop off their filled nomination form and candidate information form in person at one of the drop off locations listed below.

The general election will take place on Monday October 18, 2021. 

Catholic School Trustee Positions

Our school division has five available positions.

Nomination Forms

Candidates must fill out both forms below and drop them off at any of the locations listed below.

Form 4 Nomination Form and Candidate Acceptance

Form 5 Candidate Information Form 

Nomination Drop Off Location

Nomination drop off instructions can be found in the Medicine Hat School Board Election Nomination Package

More Information


For more information about 2021 Election, please contact:

Greg MacPherson, Secretary Treasurer