All parents and guardians 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: Ramona Thomson
1st Vice President: Gillian Hauser
2nd Vice President: Jennifer Melo
Treasurer: Venus Denis
Secretary: Joanie Smalley
Advisor: Connie Yunyk. St. Mary's Academy President
Committees and Convenors
Corner Store: Heidi Chuback, Lori Vanstone, Rosa Bovino, Carol Ryan, Michelle Thorsteinson, Carol Ryan, Gillian Hauser
International Day: Meghan O’Laughlin, Chrissy Werestiuk-Kucinic
Cash Lottery: Melanie Jones, Rosa Bovino, Heather Turzak
Hospitality: Devon Ostir, Caroline Douthart
Tartan Shop: Shawn Morrison, Carol Ryan, Sylvia Susanto
New Parent Mix & Mingle: Heather Wallace, Michelle Saltel
Torch Talks: Nancy Shippam, Lucia Whitney
Parents' Guild Meetings
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of September, November, December, February, May and June in our Durocher Library (enter through Alumnae Hall doors). We begin at 7 p.m. and strive to keep our meetings under 90 minutes.
In addition to Guild business and activities, these meetings are a forum for parents to exchange information and updates with Connie Yunyk, 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. For more information and to select all of your volunteer choices for the 2020-21 school year, please click this link.
Your contact information is held only by St Mary’s Academy Parents' Guild Executive and is not shared or provided to outside organizations.
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.
Tartan Shop: Provides students with uniform apparel.
Corner Store: Sells SMA branded merchandise and snacks.
Hospitality Committee: Assists in hosting school events such as the Open House and the Staff Appreciation Lunch.