Catherine grew up in Medicine Hat, and proudly calls our community home. She built her educational foundation as a student at Central Park, Connaught, Alexandra and Medicine Hat High School; continuing her post secondary studies at Medicine Hat College. The years she spent in public school had a profound impact on her life and years later her three children Reigh-Ann, Emily, and Josh spent their formative years in the Medicine Hat Public School system. Catherine is keen to give back to a community that continues to provide her family with an abundance of opportunities. Currently, she sits as a board member for the Medicine Hat Kiwanis Club which focuses on families and children first programs. Catherine values the leadership positions she has held and is excited about the next opportunity to serve local community organizations. Catherine has always been inspired to participate in her kids’ education, volunteering for many years, and in different roles, on parent council and co-coordinating spirit day lunch programs. Catherine quickly became aware of the power of the parent voice and felt compelled to do more. Catherine credits her father Dr. Roy Wilson for broadening her perspective of educational issues, beyond the classroom to the school, division and provincial levels, and ultimately energizing her fascination to serve the community as a trustee. In February 2013, Catherine was elected to the Medicine Hat Public Board of Education following in her father’s footsteps who had served on the board for 32 years. She has served as Vice Chair of the board since 2017. In that role she is extending her passion for education, ensuring that all children have access to the best education with equal opportunities and the right tools to become fulfilled, successful community citizens. Catherine is grateful for the privilege to provide leadership to our community as a trustee on the Medicine Hat Public Board of Education. She believes that learning is a life long journey and proudly shares that passion through her commitment to the students, families, staff and teachers in our division.
I was born and raised in Medicine Hat. I attended Medicine Hat College for 2 years before transferring to the University of Calgary, from which I graduated with a B.Ed. in 1985. Nowadays, I am retired and live with my wife Kristen. Between us we have four grown children, all of whom completed high school in Medicine Hat. I began my career in education teaching grade 6 before moving on to become a junior high counselor. From there, I became a vice-principal: a role I held in several schools before becoming the principal of Crescent Heights High School. As a teacher and administrator, I’ve always felt that building relationships is of paramount importance. It is through relationships that schools, teams, programs, and ultimately staff and student's flourish. As a Trustee I wish to be a familiar and friendly presence in the schools and a proud supporter of education in the Medicine Hat Public School Division. I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the staff at central office as well as in the schools, and I look forward to working with you all over the next four years.
Deborah Forbes is an artist, post-secondary instructor, community educator, and published writer. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the USA. Forbes has taught art histories, critical theory, art education, and art for early childhood at Medicine Hat College for 25 years. Forbes’ research interests include the history of contemporary notions of ‘princess,’ and decolonizing art history. Motto: Get up every day and create meaning.
Rick Massini was born in Medicine Hat and received his early education in Redcliff, attending Margaret Wooding School and then Parkside Junior High School. He completed his secondary education at Crescent Heights High School. Following high school, Rick worked as the Hourly-Rated Payroll Clerk at Northwest Nitro-Chemicals for two years before resuming his post-secondary training at Medicine Hat College and then the University of Alberta. He received a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta and later earned a Master of Business Administration Education Administration from Gonzaga University. Upon graduation, Rick taught at St. Stephen School in Calgary for eight years prior to returning to Medicine Hat. He taught Mathematics and Science before assuming a Counseling role and later a Vice-Principal position at Medicine Hat High School. In 1998, Rick assumed the position of Principal at Ross Glen School which was one of the highlights of his career. In 2006, Rick was appointed to the District Office as the Director of Programs and Instruction, where he remained until his retirement. In addition to his teaching duties, Rick served his professional organization as President of A.T.A Sub-Local #76 for many years and as the Economic Consultant for SE Alberta for ten years. Rick served on numerous District committees throughout his career; including Chairing the Teacher Supervision and Evaluation Program and as the Project Lead for the Medicine Hat One-to-One Mobile Computer Project. Rick also served as the Chair of the Medicine Hat Police Commission as well as President of the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. Rick is married to Linda and they have a son, Ryan, who is a popular local musician and a daughter, Lori, who is a lawyer in Vancouver.
Yvonne Sissons has made Medicine Hat her home for the past ten years with her husband and three young children. Originally from Saskatchewan, she made the move to Alberta to pursue a career as a Registered Nurse and had the opportunity to work at the Calgary Alberta Children’s Hospital, specializing in pediatric neurology, nephrology, and renal dialysis. Additionally, Yvonne lived in Guelph, Ontario where she worked at a community dialysis clinic and was head nurse at a long-term care facility. From 2015 to 2021, Yvonne was actively involved in the governance of Au Chapeau Preschool at École Connaught School, where her three children attended. Yvonne held the positions of both board vice president and president, where she gained experience in non-profit educational board leadership, employee relations, and financial management. Yvonne has a keen interest and dedication to the success of public schools in Medicine Hat. She is an advocate of alternative programs, such as second language learning, STEM programs, music and art, and sports programs, all of which enrich the educational experience and allow students to discover their passions. Yvonne is committed to remaining informed, approachable, open-minded, and dedicated to the best interests of students, families, teachers and staff of MHPSD.