Parent Advisory Council
Parents are vital to the continued strength of our school and their involvement plays an important role in student success. Through involvement in PAC, parents have an opportunity to influence the delivery and outcomes of school life, enriching our community and building the Kingdom of Christ.
All parents are welcome at our upcoming meetings:
- Thursday, March 11, 2021 – 7 to 9 pm via Zoom
- Thursday, May 6, 2021 – 7 to 9 pm via Zoom
- Thursday, May 13, 2021 PAC AGM (time to be determined – possibly 8:45 am to 9:45 am – in Athlone Hall)
- Thursday, June 3, 2021 – 7 to 9 pm
Meeting ID: 851 1789 4344
One more way for parents to become involved at CWA is by joining our Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Our new Council provides us with the opportunity for an improved process and governance for parent volunteering and involvement at Clear Water Academy. The Council impacts school life by coordinating and overseeing many school events, and the building up of our wonderful community. They also provide input and perspectives to the Administration of the school about education, the needs of our school, and concerns of the community. The PAC helps support the mission and beliefs of Clear Water Academy and our model of Integral Formation. The members of the Parent Advisory Council are as follows:
Anthony Tobias, Chair
Anthony and his wife Shari have four children at CWA in grades 3, 6, 9, and 11, plus three others that have already graduated from CWA. They have been part of the CWA community for 19 years. Anthony is in his second term as Council Chair and his favourite part of CWA is that it is an authentically Catholic school with an exemplary faith formation that permeates every aspect of the school. As one of Calgary’s most experienced financial advisors, Anthony enjoys family time, travel, sports, and music.
Jodi Drake, Vice Chair
Jodi has worked in the human resources profession for over 25 years, and is currently working in the oil and gas sector as a senior HR strategic partner. Jodi and her husband Brian, have two kids and two dogs and enjoy spending their time in the mountains and cheering on hockey. Their boys have been part of Clear Water community for 11 years, one graduated and one in grade 11. Jodi’s favourite part of the school is the personal attention and formation each child receives to achieve their potential. Semper Altius!
Archana Vijay, Secretary
Archie is a physician specializing in internal medicine. She has one son, Hari in Grade 9. CWA has fostered faith and values in Hari crucial for his early development. The Menon family (Archie, Bijoy and Hari) love the arts, books, movies, and watching sports, especially soccer and hockey.
Patrizia Ruggieri, Event Coordinator
Patrizia is the proud mother of 3 children who have all attended Clear Water Academy since September of 2005. Patrizia and her husband are so grateful for the Intellectual, Apostolical and Human formation Clear Water Academy has provided their children. Patrizia's favourite thing to do is watch her children do what they love best; play hockey, dance, figure skate, skiing. As a family they love to travel, play board games and read together.
Gerardo Odorizzi, Treasurer
Gerardo and his wife Barbara, who is the CWA business manager, have one son who started at the school in kindergarten and is now in grade 8, three adult children, and an 8-year-old granddaughter. Gerardo is a member, and treasurer, of the Knights of Columbus at St. Peter's parish, and has been a scout leader for 11 years. Gerardo and his family love travelling overseas and spending time at their cottage in BC. Having CWA recommended to their family was, and continues to be, a blessing.
Ramel Oriel, Volunteer Coordinator
Ramel and his wife, Christine, have four children at CWA in grades 3 (Roman), 5 (Rayna), and 8 (Carter & Lauryn). Clear Water Academy has been a blessing for their family. They are grateful for their children's formation at the school and for the friends they have been able to connect with since Carter & Lauryn started at the Junior Kindergarten level. Ramel and Christine were both raised in Winnipeg, but have called Calgary home for 20 years. When Ramel is not working at his wife’s dental clinic, he enjoys talking sports with anyone who will listen.
Darren Forrester, Head of School/Director of Education & Formation - Secondary
Mr. Forrester has been with Clear Water Academy since 2009. He holds three degrees: a Bachelor of Arts from McGill, a Graduate Teaching diploma from McGill, and a Master’s of Education from the University of Calgary (and a partial completion of a PhD). Mr. Forrester has led and taught (in English and French) in other private schools in Calgary. “I love Clear Water Academy, because it has been the second home to our family as our children have grown up. It has provided a safe, caring place for our children, and all the children in the school, to grow up at their pace without the pressure to do so more quickly than necessary. Clear Water Academy truly loves and teaches the whole child.”
Maria Isabel Botero, Div I Rep
Maria is an early childhood educator and is currently the director of a day home corporation. She loves dancing and listening to music. Maria and her husband Jorge have two children, one is at CWA in grade 2, and the youngest is three years old and a future student of CWA. Maria’s favourite part of CWA is the faith formation and personalized education.
Anna Atencio, Div II Rep
Anna is a Petroleum Engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit. After working 15 years as an engineer, she started to pursue her true passion, encouraging kids to grow to their full potential in an enrichment environment, and opened Idea Lab Kids in Calgary. Anna and her husband Joaquin have two children and one dog. The family enjoys camping in the summer and skiing in the winter. They have been part of Clear Water Academy since 2013 when their daughter started Junior Kindergarten. Today, Alana is in Grade 6 and Daniel is in Grade 3. Anna and Joaquin feel blessed to be part of the Clear Water Academy family and they wish to see their children graduate from the school. They both love the integral formation that their kids receive and the loving and caring teachers and faculty.
Teresa Reilly, Div III Rep
Teresa, and her husband Steven, have two boys at Clear Water Academy who are in Grade 9 and Grade 11. They have been a part of the CWA community for 11 years. Teresa is pleased to see her children learn strong academics but, more importantly, to grow in the Catholic faith. Teresa is a lawyer with Legal Aid Alberta and her favourite activities are to travel, cheer on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and to take walks with her three-year-old Labradoodle named Daisy.
Patricia Angel, Div IV Rep
Patricia has a bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. Prior to becoming a mother, she worked for over a decade with global corporations in customer service, planning, and financial analysis. She has been a member of parent/social committees at international schools in Latin America and Europe. Patricia and her husband Jaime have two sons at Clear Water Academy, Alejandro and Juan in grades 8 and 12 respectively. Her family feels very blessed to be part of the CWA community.
Dan Oryschak, CWA Upper Grades Teacher Rep
Dan joined Clear Water Academy in 2014. He has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry); a Master of Science (Chemistry); and a Bachelor of Education. Dan's passion in life is Chemistry. He looks forward to sharing this enthusiasm with future generations and hopes to give them a new perspective on the world around them. Dan is consistently ranked the #1 Chem teacher at CWA. He is active in the student body, the school community, and in his church. Dan enjoys board games and video games.
"My years at Clear Water Academy have been rich in experience both inside and outside the classroom!"
Carolyn Skrilik, CWA Lower Grades Teacher Rep
Carolyn joined Clear Water Academy in 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, majoring in Elementary Education and a minor as a Reading Specialist. Carolyn loves working at the school and says, "This school is truly a special place, as I have had a unique opportunity of teaching many of the children of long time families. I have had the pleasure and joy of seeing them develop into such fine human beings. Our school's families and faculty are a community of Christ and that allows us to live our faith authentically."