believes in the importance of community input and engagement in guiding our
Over the course of ten
days in May, as part of our preparation for the Provincial Education Review, we
asked everyone living and/or working in Pembina Trails to participate in an
online ThoughtExchange questionnaire on the government’s Education Review.
including community members and Pembina Trails staff, were encouraged to share
their thoughts, offer suggestions and review the results of the overall
The questions fell
under six focus area headings:
ThoughtExchange is a confidential
tool that allows for open-ended questions. That means answers were not limited
to selecting from pre-established responses. Instead, people could answer in
their own words, which better conveyed their true thoughts, opinions and
When the ten days were
over, 2,500 members of the community had participated, most of whom were
parents or guardians (76%) and Pembina Trails staff (22%). There were 2,851
thoughts shared and over 85,800 ratings given out by participants who either
agreed or disagreed with what was expressed.
The thoughts expressed
were then gathered into themes for each focus area, identifying the issues and
areas most important to participants. There were also numerous suggestions on
areas that could be improved and how those improvements might be made.
“I would like to thank everyone who participated in the ThoughtExchange,
whether as parents, students, families, staff or taxpayers. These results demonstrate
where our priorities are – and how much education matters to us as a
community,” said Pembina Trails Board Chair, Jaime Glenat.
Pembina Trails Board of Trustees used the community insights gathered
during our online town hall in a brief
submitted to the Education Review Committee. As a result, Chair, Jaime Glenat, and
Superintendent/CEO, Ted Fransen, were selected to present at a public hearing
Learn more about the Provincial Education Review.