Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

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.

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 4 children at CWA in grades 2, 5, 8, and 10 plus 3 others that have already graduated from CWA. They have been part of the CWA community for 18 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. 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 2 kids and 2 dogs and enjoy spending their time in the mountains and cheering on hockey. Their boys have been part of Clear Water community for 10 years, one graduated and one in grade ten.  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 8B. 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.
Amy Webster, Treasurer (Bio to come)
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 lead and taught (in English and French) in other private schools in Calgary. Both of Mr. Forrester’s children have attended Clear Water Academy since their respective elementary years. His daughter graduated the school in June 2018 and his son has now moved into senior high.“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 2 children, one is at CWA in grade 1, and the youngest is two 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 (Bio to come)
Teresa Reilly, Div III Rep
Teresa, and her husband Steven, have 2 boys at Clear Water Academy who are in Grade 8 and Grade 10.  They have been a part of the CWA community for 10 years. Teresa is pleased to see her children learn strong academics but more importantly 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 2-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 7 and 11 respectively. Herr family feels very blessed to be part of the CWA community.
Dan Oryschak (Bio to come)
Mary Beth Manarey, Clear Water Academy Foundation Rep
Mary Beth is the Dean of Catholic Formation and is grateful that “God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the call”.  She has enjoyed sharing her talents and gifts in many roles since starting in 1998. Mary Beth had 3 children attend Clear Water Academy with  2 daughters graduating in the class of 2009 and 2017. She relishes her time at her family cabin with family and friends. She truly loves the mission of the school and is blessed to be a part of “God’s School”!