Biography

Lynn Ferguson at the Chinese Academy graduation.

Lynn Ferguson at the Chinese Academy graduation.

Lynn Ferguson, public school trustee for Wards 3 & 4, was first elected in October 2004. As an elected representative, Lynn believes it is critical to have a full understanding of the opportunities and challenges in each of the communities in Wards 3 & 4. Communicating effectively with constituents and school councils is integral to her role as trustee.

Currently, Lynn serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has also served as CBE’s metro director on the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) for the last three years, a time consuming role during the recent tripartite process. She is currently chair of the CBE’s Audit Committee, and represents the ASBA on the Inclusive Education Provincial Advisory Committee. In addition, she participated in the provincial working group to review the funding model for inclusive education.

Prior to her election as school trustee, Lynn was a founding member and Vice-President of the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils. She spent seventeen years in various roles on school councils. In addition, Lynn was part of the Steering Committee for Support Public Education – Act for Kids (SPEAK) which presented to the Alberta Government Standing Policy Committee on Learning and Employment in 2001. She was also a founding member and past Vice-President of KIDS FIRST, a parent organization which advocated for tax reform for families.

Lynn graduated in 1975 from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and continued post graduate studies on the Connaught Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Lynn lived in Saudi Arabia for seven years where she worked as a school librarian in an International English School for ESL students. Lynn upholds a family tradition of public service as her paternal great grandfather was the treasurer of the first school board in Edmonton in 1880.

Lynn is married to Norman, a professional engineer, and the couple have three adult children, two of whom are CBE graduates. As a parent of children with learning difficulties, Lynn believes she brings empathy to the role of trustee with families whose students may be struggling with success.

Passionate about public education, Lynn is committed to providing learning opportunities for every student to be successful and to continuing the important discussions on defining and achieving success in a very diverse society.