Public education is the key to creating a more inclusive, empathetic and equitable society where all children have the opportunity to learn, grow, thrive and succeed.


I'm running for trustee because I believe in the power of education to transform lives and build strong, vibrant communities. My professional and volunteer work has been dedicated to the field of education for more than 25 years. I have deep respect for the incredible work of our teachers and educators; it's been rewarding to collaborate with them and the families they serve, to create safe and welcoming learning environments.

I'm impressed by the work of the current Board of Trustees particularly with respect to addressing systemic racism, equity, inclusion and mental health. Education cuts to grants and funding in our province, combined with a new funding model, Edmonton Public Schools' growing enrolment and the disruption that Covid-19 has created, will make for challenging decisions in the years ahead.

Every child deserves excellence in education. It's more important than ever that students and teachers have the supports and resources they need to be successful.


I am an educator, school council leader, former teacher and a parent. My spouse and I have been residents of Ward C for over twenty-four years.


Our family has had the privilege of choosing from a wide range of educational options available through Edmonton Public Schools. Both of our children found programs that suited their needs and interests at great schools in the neighbourhood; the older is now studying at the University of Alberta and the younger will continue with EPSB in the fall of 2021.


As a former teacher, I saw first-hand the positive impact parental involvement has on student engagement and academic outcomes. When my children started school I was excited to contribute to the school community. 18 years ago I began volunteering on school councils and their partner fundraising associations, and I continue to serve on the council at my son's school.

In my professional life I am an instructor with the Alberta School Councils' Association delivering workshops and acting as a liaison for parents, teachers, administrators, trustees and school divisions across the province. My work has largely been dedicated to empowering parents and communities to engage in public education, and helping teachers, administrators and school divisions to work with families as key stakeholders in education. Seeing the important contributions of school councils has made me a strong advocate for parent voice and community engagement in our schools.


Endorsements

"I have known Marcia for 20 years, since our daughters became friends in preschool. She's been a consistent, dedicated and engaged member the school community throughout that entire time. There is no doubt in my mind that she cares about education. She will be a great advocate for parents, teachers and students. Marcia has all the qualities I would like to see in a trustee: she is thoughtful, intelligent, insightful and courageous. Marcia also has the ability to listen and consider different perspectives and learn from the experiences of others. I wholeheartedly endorse Marcia Hole for the role as trustee".

Sue Huff | Ward C Trustee 2007-2009


"As a parent with a student in the public school system, I couldn’t have asked for a better support than Marcia. We first connected when she ran a training session for our school council. When it came to concerns around inclusion, parental resources and practical action plans for change, she showed up for our school council and for me as an individual. Her experience and wisdom are an invaluable addition to everyone she works with, and leaves places significantly better than when she came in. She is available, honest, open, and passionate about education. I fully endorse her for Ward C Trustee, and can’t imagine a better suited candidate".


Patricia Olson | School Council Parent