All parents and caregivers 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: Michelle Saltel
1st Vice President: Christi Soni
2nd Vice President: Jennifer Thiessen
Treasurer: Rachel Hall
Secretary: Rosalinda Amato
Advisor: Jennifer Tesoro, St. Mary's Academy President
Committees and Convenors
Corner Store Chair: Marilyn Teixeira
Co Chair: Kim Mathew
International Day: Jen Melo
Cash Lottery: Heather Turzak
Hospitality Chair: Melanie Norbury
Parent Mix & Mingle: Katie Denis
Torch Talks: Michelle Saltel, Rosa Amato
Golf Tournament: Heather Turzak, Lisa Byron
Parents' Guild Meetings
Meetings are held in our Durocher Library (enter through Alumnae Hall doors). We begin at 7 p.m. and strive to keep our meetings under 90 minutes.
- September 19, 2023 - AGM and regular meeting at 7 p.m.
- November 14, 2023 - Regular meeting at 7 p.m.
- January 24, 2024 - Regular meeting at 7 p.m.
- March 12, 2024 - Regular meeting at 7 p.m.
- May 7, 2024 -Meeting and volunteer appreciation at 4:30 p.m.
In addition to Guild business and activities, these meetings are a forum for parents to exchange information and updates with Jennifer Tesoro, 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.
All families are asked to sign up at the start of every new school year.
Watch this video to learn more about the SMA Parents' Guild volunteering experience.
Parents' Guild Initiatives
International Day: The Guilds’ signature fundraising event. This is a fun-filled day that celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of the school through entertainment and culinary delights.
Parent Mix and Mingle: Welcome event for parents of new students.
50/50 Raffle: Held annually online. Funds raised support programs and activities for students.
Golf Tournament: This tournament is a fun day of great golfing and community building on a beautiful course. Funds raised support programs and activities for students.
Bake Sales: A fundraising event where homemade baked goods are sold. Sales will be running during the months of October to May.
Parking Team: Assist with parking during SMA events.
Hospitality Committee: Assists in hosting school events such as the Open House and the Staff Appreciation Lunch.