New Brooks Trustee elected to CTR’s Board of Trustees
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools is pleased to announce our new Brooks trustee, Mr. John de Jong who was elected on Friday, Oct. 28.Mr. de Jong fills the position left vacant after the passing of Mrs. Mary Stengler.
The election was held this past Friday in Brooks with Mr. de Jong taking the seat with the majority votes.
In response to the win, he said, “I am humbled and very honored to be the new Trustee for Brooks, and I thank and congratulate the other candidates for their dedication to Catholic Education. I am so pleased to see that the significant turnout for the election in our Ward also showed the dedication of our Catholic community to our schools.”
A long-time Brooks resident, Mr. de Jong helped form Catholic education in the Brooks area. Opening with one school (Holy Family Academy) in 1996 with 150 students, it has since grown to four schools (Holy Family Academy, Christ The King Academy, St. Joseph’s Collegiate, and St. Luke’s Outreach Centre) with over 1,000 students in total.
“Many parents, administrators, and teachers have contributed to the success of Catholic education that we witness today in Brooks. In addition, we have many organizations to thank, including St. Mary’s parish, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools, Grasslands School Division, and both the local and provincial governments,” he said.
Previously, Mr. de Jong was a dairy farmer and was actively employed with the oilfield and farm industries. Several of his family members are employed as teachers with Christ the Redeemer, and one is a teacher in Saskatoon. Mr. de Jong has served for several years on three school councils, and has experience serving on provincial and national boards. He continues to do this at the provincial level.
“Currently semi-retired, I am able to commit the time required to serve as the trustee representing the Brooks Catholic Schools. I recognize the crucial importance of working with other trustees and senior staff within Christ the Redeemer School Division, and the impact that the decisions made will have in our future. Being passionate and very supportive of Catholic education, I look forward to representing our Brooks Catholic school community,” he said.
Mr. de Jong has been a resident in the Brooks area for over 50 years. He and his wife Agnes are both active parishioners in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. They have five children and 13 grandchildren.
Board Chair Ron Schreiber said, “I am very pleased to welcome John de Jong to the Board of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools as the newly-elected trustee for Brooks. I look forward to working with Mr. de Jong and want to congratulate him on his success in the by-election and applaud him on his interest and dedication for Catholic education in Alberta.”
Mr. de Jong will attend his first board meeting at the end of November.