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About Us

The Foundation is supported by a board of governors who provide valuable input and assistance in helping to increase support for Edmonton Public Schools.  

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Anar Jassani, Community Member

Chelsey Swankhuizen, Community Member

Cheryl Johner (Trustee), Edmonton Public School Board of Trustees

Cory MacTaggart, Edmonton Public School Board staff member

Don Lore, Community Member

Louise Hayes (Dr.), Community Member

Eric Haug, Community Member

Jennifer Davis, Community Member

Judy Welch McCorquodale, Edmonton Public School Board former staff member

Julie Ketel, Edmonton Public School Board staff member

Ray C. Purdy, Q.C., Community Member

Ryan Wagner, Community Member



Tracy Poulin, Director

Tracy has worked for Edmonton Public Schools for more than 25 years in various positions: elementary teacher, assistant principal and, for the past five years, as principal at Oliver School. In between her leadership appointments, she took a short leave to complete a Master’s Degree at the University of Alberta, during which time she also became a sessional instructor. Community involvement plays an important role in her life and she is currently the Education Director on the Board of Directors for the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation. Tracy genuinely values the power of partnerships and the significance of early learning intervention as a way of creating pathways for student success.

“I believe that it takes an entire community to raise a child and it is our responsibility to ensure that every student has access to a quality educational experience.”

Alva Shewchuk, Fund Development Associate

With 20 plus years of experience in communications and community relations, Alva has worked at Alberta Education and Edmonton Public Schools to help students succeed. Along with being actively involved in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Chrysalis Edmonton, Alva is also a serial volunteer. In addition to the multiple committees to which she commits her time, each year she welcomes a MacEwan University practicum student from the Public Relations or Communications programs to come work with her at the Foundation and has had a longstanding relationship with Hana, a student she met through the Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters in-school mentoring program at John A. McDougall School.

“Being part of something that positively impacts the lives of children and youth is near and dear to my heart!”



Programs We Support


Research tells us full-day Kindergarten benefits all children, particularly children from low socioeconomic or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. It provides the instructional and developmental time they need to build the skills required for success in future grades.

In this video school staff and a parent share their experiences and why full-day Kindergarten is so important.


The Edmonton Public School Board is dedicated to providing a full-day of Kindergarten for our highest needs schools.

At present our District is able to sustaing funding for some full-day Kindergarten classrooms in our highest needs schools. However, there is an additional fifteen schools where the children would benefit from full-day Kindergargten.

Thanks to the generosity of Edmonton Public Schools staff and the community at large, we have raised enough funds to establish and sustain full-day Kindergarten programming at:


There is still an additional 15 schools that need full-day Kindergarten. Help these children get a full-day of Kindergarten by: