Merle Terlesky is running for School Board Trustee for the Calgary Board of Education in Ward 8 and 9

Merle Terlesky

Candidate for Calgary Board of Education - Ward 8 & 9

Better Education, Better Spending, Stronger Families and Better Outcomes

Education: Return to core essentials and reduce provincial interference in what is taught and how it is taught. I strongly affirm parental rights with a focus on recognising the parent as primary in child rearing, education, and family impacting decisions.

Key Points:

  • YOU the parent must have final say in what your children are taught, be it in public/private or home education.
  • YOU need to have a greater say in what the curriculum is and how it is advanced in the classroom - The Education Minister must understand his role as being that of a public servant to parents and students rather than a forwarder of ideologies. The CBE must focus on reading, writing, history, math, and how to balance a check book, rather than trying to be the parent to students.

Better Spending: More dollars for the classroom, less for CBE bureaucrats. I stand for complete disclosure of funds allocated to salaries and benefits of CBE staff. You the taxpayer have a right to know.

Better Bussing: Fix this problem once and for all and listen to the concerns of parents.

No Bullying: ZERO TOLERANCE for bullying - we need to protect all kids, not just a select few in order to advance a political ideology.

Report Cards: Bring back reports cards so parents better understand their childrens' progress, empowering them to make better parental decisions.

Sex Ed:

  • YOU the parent need to have the final say in how this important topic is taught to your kids
  • Currently, provincial legislation requires that parents be provided notice when a program of study includes subject-matter that deals primarily and explicitly with religion or human sexuality (School Act, section 50.1) I support such legislation
  • I stand for complete disclosure to, and involvement of, parents

My door will always be open to all voters and taxpayers. I will work with other CBE board members for YOUR interests.

I will be YOUR Advocate: If I am elected, there is a good chance that the 2nd half of my term will see a new provincial party in power in Edmonton. If that is the case, I want to hit the ground running with YOUR ideas for a better education system in Calgary. To this end, I commit to have town hall meetings in wards 8 & 9 every 3 months to hear YOUR concerns. It's about YOUR voice, as that is what really matters. I will continue to advance new ideas to Minister Eggen as well.

Restore parents to their rightful role as primary care giver and educator

VOTE TERLESKY for Wards 8 & 9

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merle terlesky cbe trustee candidate

Merle Terlesky

My Bio

Age: 52

Place of birth: Saskatchewan

Raised: Kamloops BC

Residence: Ward 8 for over 10 years and condo property owner for past 2 years

Elections: Candidate for Calgary civic election 2007 Ward 7 and Alberta Alliance candidate in prov election 2004 and Kamloops civic election 2001

Education: Grade 12 and 3 months studies in exchange program in former USSR, studies in poli/history-1990


  • Health Care worker 10+ years and prior funeral home assistant, AUPE member Local 95/Chap 6 Chair - Sunday Usher at Centre Street Church
  • Cancer survivor of Leukemia diagnosis 1998, BMT
  • Avid karaoke singer, Enjoy riding my Can Am Spyder in USA and Canada
  • "Voice for Alberta" in taking on PM Trudeau at U of C forum, January 2017

On the Personal Side

I was asked to share any personal story... I may have... well yes, I have one. I am a cancer survivor since 1998 when I was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in BC. My brother and 2 other siblings were a BMT match for a bone marrow transplant, I made it and here I am today nearlly 20 years later. I am thankful that I survived and was cured.

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