Longtime Prince Albert volunteer Chrissy Halliday is a candidate for trustee in the Prince Albert Catholic School Division election. Halliday believes the values instilled in her going through the schools in the division molded her into who she is.
“As an adult I realized how much faith-based education shaped the person that I am today. And I feel like faith-based education as an option for education is very important to our community, it’s very important to the students and I want to see it continue to succeed and grow,” she said.
Among the aspects of her life that were structured by faith-based education was her love of being a volunteer.
“One of the biggest reasons I feel like it’s important is the Christian Ethics program is phenomenal,” she said.
Halliday explained that Christian Ethics touches on many aspects of faith including such as what the Catholic Church does down to the catechism.
“On top of that as you get older, part of the separate school system and part of the Christian Ethics program is volunteer hours. In order to get your mark you do have to do a certain amount of volunteer hours,”
When she was in her youth she volunteered at her church which introduced her to people.
“As an adult because I had those wonderful experiences as well in sharing with youth. I have continued to get out in the community and have continued to volunteer and I felt being confident as an adult being able to step up,”
Halliday explained that she continues to volunteer to help with events and do whatever is necessary.
“I had already been doing it for many years. And really that was instilled in us in the Christian Ethics program,” she said.
She has sat on the Habitat for Humanity and Prince Albert Winter Festival boards for many years. Halliday is currently a member of the Prince Albert Council of Women, Prince Albert North Search and Rescue, City of Prince Albert Planning Committee, Parkland Restorative Justice and the Saskatchewan Penitentiary Citizen Advisory Committee.
Halliday believes this vast experience on boards will also be an asset on the board of education. This includes working on finances on different boards.
“Everybody on a board will always bring their own perspective. And when you have different perspectives on a board you sometimes come up with different solutions. And everybody’s perspective is always important and having different perspectives with different solutions that is how organizations grow,” she said.
The Prince Albert Catholic School Division board of education trustee elections are on Monday, Nov. 9.