School Council Nominees

Karen Whittle

 My name is Karen Whittle and I am the Mom of 3 happy and active children; a son in grade 3, a daughter in grade 1 and another son who will start at MQP in 2016. I am interested in being part of the school council because it is important to me that children have a stimulating classroom environment and are offered every reasonable opportunity to grow and learn.  I feel my career as a fundraising professional and event coordinator could lead to new and exciting fundraising ideas for our school which in turn will help in funding new and exciting learning initiatives. I look forward to the opportunity to be part of the MQP school council.

Mary Oates

I’ve been involved with Ecole Mary Queen of Peace School in various roles for the past 7 years. I have decided to run for School Council because I feel I now have the time and enthusiasm required to commit to the position. I have great pride in our school community and am ready to contribute in a meaningful way to its growth and development.’

Christina R. Kennedy

Christina is mother to Sophia, 6 (Grade One) and Jasper, 2.  When she is not being a mom, Christina is a lawyer, and she has worked at NAPE for the last 8 years. Christina is excited and committed to using her knowledge and skills in working with others to help improve and enhance school programmes and student achievement, and the overall experience at MQP.  Christina believes in a collaborative learning community, and that it truly takes a village to raise a child.

Hanna Janzen

Hanna Janzen is the mother of three children, two of whom attend the French Immersion program at MQP (grades one and three). Hanna is currently working as the Safety, Security, Health & Environment manager for a major oil and gas company and has prior experience serving as Chair of the Board for the Rosedale Playschool Society in Calgary, Alberta. She is excited about the opportunity to become more involved at MQP and work with the staff to create the best possible holistic learning environment for our children. In particular, Hanna is passionate about safety, security, second languages, physical education, nutrition and mental wellness in our schools.

Renée Murphy-Turner

My name is Renée Murphy-Turner, otherwise known as Mommy to my wonderful 6 year old son named Brady who is in Grade 1 at MQP.  Outside of my duties as a Mommy I am a Senior Paralegal with Gittens & Associates for the last 17 years and a member of the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyer Association since 2009. I am also a prior Chair Woman of the St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre. I am also involved with the PTA for this School (this is my 2nd year).  I would love to be on the School Council as a representative of our parental community to assist with any concerns and help with possible solutions.

Tanya Bonnell

Hi my name is Tanya Bonnell. I have a masters in social work and have three kids here at Mary Queen of Peace. One of which has special needs so I have great amount of experience in advocacy with my child and through my work. I would like to be a part of the school council so that I can help support our school and to give back some time and effort to show my appreciation for how hard they work for my son.

Krista Fowlow

Krista Fowlow is a working mother of two active little girls ages 3 and 6.  She works in Human Resources with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and volunteers as District Deputy Commissioner and a Sparks Leader with Girl Guides of Canada.  She is interested in joining the school council to help ensure parents views are represented in school decisions and that the children and staff have a fun and positive learning environment.

Ciaran Grealis

I would like to take part in the School council in order to support the work involved with creating a positive and productive learning environment for all students in MQP. I would try to do this by taking part in open dialogue and doing my best to take into account the concerns of all parents, pupils and employees of the School.

Samuel Odebode

Hi every one, I am Samuel Odebode, a father to a kindergarten pupil, an Engineer with AECON at Vale Long Harbour Plant. If elected, I will represent a vast range of people ranging from visible minority, promoters of girl child education, new canadians, international community and young professional who encourage kids to pursue a professional career.

As a member of council I will partner with others to bring together education professionals, parents, students and other community members and build on the collective knowledge, skills, abilities, interests and resources to enhance the education and development of our children. Thank you.

Seamus Breen

My name is Seamus Breen and I respectfully ask for your support in joining the MQP School Council. For those who do not know me, I was raised in St. John’s and attended MQP from K-9. I have a Masters Degree in Public Policy and currently work in the Provincial Government as Director of Policy and Evaluation in the Office of the Executive Council. As a Father of two young energetic boys (i.e., Gavin – Grade 1; William – Kinderstart, 2015), and as a past member of the Board of Directors of Confederation Building Daycare, I want to use my skills and experience to help make MQP a strong, healthy and prosperous school. I am confident that I can make an effective contribution to the MQP School Council and actively participate in the school development process for the betterment of all students, parents, teachers and staff and in this regard I ask for your support.

Tara Bulgin

My name is Tara Bulgin and I am extremely interested in joining the school council.  I have a son, Sawyer, in Grade Two and a daughter, Harlow, starting kindergarten in 2015, so I have many more years as a parent at Mary Queen of Peace.  I am very involved in the community as a local business woman, an athlete, and a parent, and I would love the opportunity to help make Mary Queen of Peace the best school possible!

Allison Kirkland

My name is Allison Kirkland and I am the mother of twin boys, Aiden and Daniel who are in grade one at MQP. I am the school Guidance Counsellor at Booth Memorial High in St. John’s. I believe the school council is an excellent way to foster the relationship between home and school, and to positively influence the teaching and learning environment. If elected, I hope to continue with, and improve upon the many amazing initiatives and activities that are currently happening at Mary Queen of Peace.

Alicia Angel

My name is Alicia Angel and I am a mom to twin boys who are in Grade one. I have completed a B.Sc. and a B.N. and currently work as a registered nurse. I have been a student representative on school council in the past and have been actively involved at the school as a parent volunteer (reading to the class, volunteering with class events and field trips). I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to be a parent representative on this year’s school council.

Veronica Dillon

I am mom to Liam Dillon, a Grade 1 student at Mary Queen of Peace.   I would like to volunteer to be a member of the school council.   I do have some experience in fundraising activities, through volunteer work some years ago with the Canadian Cancer Society in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with helping to organize a silent auction for another worthy cause.  I am happy to volunteer my time and energy to work on the school council and I hope I will be considered for this position.

Paulette Emberley

My name is Paulette Emberley, a parent at Mary Queen of Peace Elementary, and I am interested in serving on our School Council. I believe I can make a meaningful contribution to our council by supporting our school’s ongoing initiatives which will help ensure our continued success. Every successful school requires a school council that will support their efforts in providing a quality educational experience to all children in a safe and caring environment.

Chris Cavanagh

My name is Chris Cavanagh and I am a self-employed chartered accountant. I have a son who attends MQP and two more boys that will be starting at MQP in the coming years.  I want to become more actively involved with the school and assist in the advancement of the various mandates of school council.

Robert Simmons

  • Parent of Daniel (grade 4) and Claire (grade1)
  • Previous volunteer involvement with; MQP indoor soccer league, MQP Scouting, MUN Judo instructor (kids program), St. John’s Minor baseball coach
  • Originally from St. John’s, graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts (French Language)
  • Diverse employment background with both public and private sector experience. Currently working within the mining industry with primary accountability for Human Resources and Safety, Health and Environment
  • My interest in joining the school council is motivated by my desire to simply be involved and help influence in a positive way the learning environment of our children.