Donna Trimble is a passionate advocate for parental autonomy, and ensuring that parental choice in education is protected and expanded.
Prior to coming home to educate and care for her children, Donna worked in community inclusion and employment support for adults living with disabilities. She graduated on the President’s Honor Roll with a Rehabilitation Diploma from Mount Royal College and has a deep commitment for parent choice in education as she holds an intimate understanding of the importance of subsidiarity, or local autonomy, when decisions are made for the education and care of our most vulnerable, from children through to vulnerable adults.
All three of Donna’s children have also, at one time or another, attended public and Catholic schools, and home educated (traditionally, shared responsibility and online). Innovative Career and Technology options have been available to the elder two sons in their senior years, with the eldest graduating with his first year Pre-Apprenticeship Welder in 2014.
Donna has a deep understanding of the choices available to parents and children in Alberta, the curriculum used for schooled and home-schooled children – its benefits and pitfalls - and an understanding of the wonderfully wide variety of educational options available in Alberta: charter, private, alternative, public, and home education to name a few.
However, in recent years heavy-handed actions of the Alberta government have diminished the quality of education for students and slowly eroded parental choice from the inside out, including through:
- experimentation of core curriculum (i.e. poorly developed "Inspiring Education" initiative and over-emphasis on discovery math)
- inequitable distribution of school funding
- legislation brought into effect through Bill 10 (Mar 2015) and Bill 24 (Nov 2017), which enforces secrecy and erodes the freedom and autonomy of principals and schools
Parents are rising up across Alberta and calling out for the return of their autonomy. It is the Parents for Choice in Education mandate and Donna Trimble’s commitment, to stand alongside parents and their children to advocate for an excellent, quality-oriented, choice-driven education system which recognizes parental authority.