By Glen Argan
The final days of the municipal election campaign have held lots of excitement and considerable encouragement for this Catholic school trustee candidate.
I spent Saturday away from the campaign trail so I could fully participate in the convocation ceremonies at Newman Theological College where I received my master of theology degree. Although it was a day of non-campaigning, I was moved by the expressions of support that I received from so many at the convocation.
Newman College is one of my favourite places on earth. It was great to see so many of my former classmates again as well as meeting some people from the master of religious education program whose classes did not overlap with mine.
Today (Sunday), the response from people in my parish was overwhelming. Our family has worshiped at Assumption Parish for 25 years, but I was still surprised and moved to have so many people come up and wish me well in the election tomorrow.
In the afternoon, I was back on the trail, distributing brochures in the Parkview and Crestwood neighbourhoods in the western end of Ward 75. This is not my home turf, but again several people came out to express their support.
Other supporters were distributing brochures in other neighbourhoods in the ward. I am awed by the number of people – more than 70 – who gave generously of their time to help me get elected. About 60 people have made financial contributions to the campaign, and many more are praying that I will be elected on Monday.
I am especially grateful to Kathy O’Neill, my campaign manager, Claudette Roy, fundraising chair, Gloria Pigat, volunteer coordinator, and Ray Pinkoski, official agent, for the countless hours they have selflessly given to the campaign. Nora Spenrath has spent many hours on the phone rustling up support.
We have all been working so hard that I don’t even have any photos of our team to illustrate this blog post.
As many know, my wife Nora has been dreadfully ill through most of the campaign from salmonella that she picked up during the last days of our trip to Bolivia in August. Nora is doing much better now and has regained some of the weight she lost during this difficult experience.
I have maintained from the start that the first job of the trustee is to build bridges so that our Catholic school board can be united. Unity is a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit; when lone wolves take it upon themselves to shake things up, they drive the Spirit away.
The campaign itself has been the work of a team, a living embodiment of what our school board should be over the next four years.
I urge you to get out and vote on Monday (Oct. 16), if you have not already done so. Of course, I ask that you cast your school trustee vote for me. I also ask for your prayers in the weeks ahead, not so much for myself, but for the entire board that it may be united in Christ and in his Spirit.
(Glen Argan is a candidate for the Edmonton Catholic school board in Ward 75.)