Board of Directors

James Kitchen is a lawyer who works in the areas of constitutional law, human rights, administrative law, and education law. James earned a BA in History and Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick and received his law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 2016. While in law school, James interned at the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and the New Brunswick Court of Appeal where he worked in the areas of human rights, constitutional law, and administrative law. James is the father of two school-aged children and lives near Turner Valley.

Stuart Wachowicz is an educator with 44 years experience.   B.Ed (1971, U of Alberta)  B.Sc (1975, U of Alberta), M.Ed (1991, U of Calgary). ) He taught for 25 years in rural Alberta, where he primarily taught mathematics and served as a school administrator. In 1997 he became Director of Curriculum for Edmonton Public Schools. It was during this period that the Curriculum Department became one of the largest curriculum contractors in western Canada. Upon retirement from EPSB in 2009, Mr. Wachowicz became Director of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton, of which he is presently Chairman of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Mr. Wachowicz has been invited to present on second language education and credentialing nationally and internationally including the Public Service Commission of Canada, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, Ministry of Education of Spain (University of Seville, University of Valencia, Department of Education, Asturias), University of Cambridge (International Language Testers of Europe), Ministry of Education of China, Beijing and Kunming.  Mr. Wachowicz has been awarded, the Qilu Friendship Award from the Governor of Shandong Province, China for contributions to Shandong, and has been made an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Canadian Association of Second language Teachers, in addition to other international awards.

Rev. Brian Coldwell is the Pastor of New Testament Baptist Church of Edmonton and Chairman of the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society. This nonprofit society and charity operates two accredited private Christian schools grades K-12  (Harvest Baptist Academy & Meadows Baptist Academy) in the Edmonton area, including a large Home Education Program with students throughout Alberta. Brian studied and trained at Victory Baptist Bible College and was ordained in 1985.  He and his wife Kathy have served in Christian Ministry and Education for 35 years.

John Hilton-O’Brien is a native Albertan.  He holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, and a Diploma in Social Work from Mount Royal College in Calgary.  He has extensive experience working with the homeless, and persons with developmental disabilities.  He was a founder and past President of Alberta’s Wildrose Party. He and his wife Nathalie are the proprietors of HOB’s Hobbies in Strathmore, Alberta.

Joshua Klopstra is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 10 years public accounting experience. Joshua earned a BCom with a major in accounting and received his CA designation after articling with a leading national accounting firm. Joshua has also previously contracted as an online facilitator with the CA School of Business, volunteered with not-for-profit bodies to deliver financial reports to stakeholders, and is currently partner at a public accounting firm providing accounting and tax services with a focus on small and mid-size private companies. Joshua and his wife are the parents of four children and live near Edmonton.

Donna Trimble graduated on the President’s Honor Roll with a Rehabilitation Diploma from Mount Royal College and worked in community inclusion and employment support for adults living with disabilities prior to coming home to educate and care for her children.  All three of Donna’s children have, at one time or another, attended public, Catholic and online schools, as well as home educated, providing Donna with a deep understanding of the benefits of education choice in meeting the unique needs of each child and maximizing student success. Donna worked in the role of PCE Executive Director from January 2015 until August 2020, and lives in Calgary with her family.

Theresa Ng graduated with a B.Ed from the University of Alberta and worked as a public school teacher in Edmonton for nearly a decade before deciding to stay at home with her three young children. Theresa is passionate about ensuring the integrity of our education system, as well as building strong families, and currently works part-time with Parents for Choice in Education in the role of Communications Director.  Theresa, her husband and three children live in Edmonton.