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: Rosa Meneses
Secretary: Rosalinda Amato
Advisor: Jennifer Tesoro, St. Mary's Academy President
Committees and Convenors
Corner Store: Kathy MacKinnon, Marilyn Teixeira, Carol Ryan
International Day: Naomi Sheppard, Mara Le Clair
Cash Lottery: Heather Turzak
Hospitality: Vera Cholakis, Andrea Ethans
New Parent Mix & Mingle: Katie Denis
Torch Talks: Heather Wallace, Kristina Braun
Golf Tournament: Rosa Bovino
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, 2022 - AGM and regular meeting at 7 p.m.
- November 1, 2022 - Regular meeting at 7 p.m.
- December 6, 2022 - Meeting and Christmas party at 6 p.m.
- February 7, 2023 - Regular meeting at 7 p.m.
- May 2, 2023 -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.
New Parent Mix and Mingle: Welcome event for parents of new students.
Torch Talks: Informative sessions for parents on current topics.
Cash Lottery: 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.
Hospitality Committee: Assists in hosting school events such as the Open House and the Staff Appreciation Lunch.