All parents and guardians of SMA students are members of the Parents' Guild and are encouraged to be active participants. Guild parents organize activities and events throughout the year to raise funds, provide services and give parents, students and staff the opportunity to come together as a community.
Purpose of the Parents' Guild
We aim to foster a sense of community by bringing together parents, and to promote the well-being of St. Mary's Academy by helping to further the work of the school. This purpose is carried out through the events and activities we manage below.
Proceeds from our events and activities serve to assist the school financially with selected projects and equipment, scholarships and bursaries.
Parents' Guild Executive
President — Candace Partyka
1st Vice President — Kelly Moon
2nd Vice President — Christa Giesbrecht
Secretary — Debbie Styles
Treasurer — Pam Knysh
Committees and Convenors
Corner Store — Lidia Erickson, Shannon LeGrange, Tammy Zach and Carmela Buccini
Tartan Shop — Deneen Klippenstein and Cindy Hasselmann
Hospitality — Cathryn Ekdahl and Richere O'Shea
Volunteers — Christa Giesbrecht
International Day — Ramona Thomson and Heidi Chuback
Advisor — Connie Yunyk, President SMA
Parents' Guild Meetings
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of September, October, December, February, March, May and June in our Durocher Library (enter through Alumnae Hall doors). We begin at 7 p.m. and strive to keep our meetings under 90 minutes.
In addition to Guild business and activities, these meetings are a forum for parents to exchange information and updates with Connie Yunyk, President of St. Mary's Academy. Meetings are also an opportunity to mingle and get to know other SMA parents.
To view minutes, click this link.
Volunteer with the Parents' Guild
By volunteering, you'll become active in a community of dedicated parents who graciously offer their time and talents. Volunteering is an opportunity to help out where needed and to connect with other parents, in turn helping us foster a strong community.
For information on all the volunteering opportunities at SMA and to sign up please click this link.
If you would like to sign up directly to International Day, Corner Store, or the Tartan Shop please select the indicated links.
Watch this video to learn more about volunteering with the Parents' Guild.
Parents' Guild Initiatives
International Day - Held at SMA, our signature event is a fun-filled day which celebrates the multicultural diversity of the school through entertainment and culinary treats.
Special Events- Including Torch Talks and a Welcome Event for parents of new students.
Hospitality Committee - Assists with hosting school events and organizes staff appreciation lunches.