PACE - Parents Advocating for Catholic Education

In Canmore, we have seen provincial politics regarding Catholic education being presented in the local media outlets and many parents have communicated their support of Catholic education to me at the school level.  Catholic education across Alberta is a blessing for our stakeholders. PACE-Parents Advocating for Catholic Education was established in order advocate and communicate issues impacting Catholic education to our provincial government.  Parents Advocating for Catholic Education was formally established on May 10, 2017 and emerged from discussions at Christ the Redeemer Catholic schools council of councils’ meeting in April, 2017.

The group wanted to support and enhance the work already being done by our trustees, schools and central office. Parents indicated that there was a lack of understanding regarding the history, mandate, and issues facing Catholic education. Parents were very supportive of our schools but information or conversations designed to build knowledge and understanding do not take place. There was a desire to build understanding within the group and share information with Catholic school parents. Ideally information nights, meet the teacher nights and registration evenings bring out large number of parents and provide a great opportunity for sharing this kind of information.

PACE has launched a petition in order to display the amount of parent support that Catholic education has in the province of Alberta.  Only Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario still have Catholic education that is publicly funded, so this is an issue that continuously requires parent support and advocacy.  If parents are inclined, I would like to encourage you to sign the PACE petition in support of Catholic Education in Alberta.  You may access the petition at the link below.

For more information visit the PACE website at and the PACE Facebook Page:

Or email to

Stand up for Catholic Education. To sign the petition:


Phil Puurunen