Chief's Vlog

Video Updates from our Chief Superintendent 

Dr. Bryan Szumlas is a familiar face at Calgary Catholic. He has been with the district for 30 years and most recently served as area director for schools in north central Calgary and Airdrie. He has also served as a teacher, assistant principal, science supervisor, vice principal, principal, supervisor of teaching and learning and director with Instructional Services. 

Dr. Szumlas graduated from the University of Calgary (B.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.D.) and has presented at local, provincial, national and international levels. He is well known for having chaired the Alberta Assessment Consortium and for his work on mentorship. “I am honoured to work alongside the many talented staff members in our district and to lead Calgary Catholic in the next chapter of providing excellence in Catholic education." 

2021

April 13

Today, I met with our Board of Trustees, Director of Catholicity and his Excellency Bishop McGrattan to call on the government and Alberta Health to reconsider the vaccination of our staff. We believe firmly that our staff, no matter their role, should be vaccinated because they work with and support many students each and every day. We count on our school staff to educate and care for students so that parent's can work and our economy can continue. 

April 1

Today I speak with Bishop McGrattan, who who extends his wishes for a blessed Easter, and for us all to experience the hope and promise that Christ extends to us through the gift of his resurrection. Have a wonderful and restful break. 

March 15 

I speak with Kate McKenzie, a former teacher and documentary film maker, about the Secret Marathon and our staff Professional Growth day on March 19. For a full archive of my vlogs, see here. 

March 9 

Today I speak with Mario Vergara, the President of ATA Local 55 about Guest Teachers' Appreciation Week. Thank you to all our guest teachers and guest employees for your hard work supporting our students this past year! 

Yesterday, I was surprised by the administration team at Central Office with a celebration of my first-year as chief superintendent. I want to thank everyone for their support; together, we have navigated many challenges and grown in our faith. I am grateful to serve our students, families, communities and staff and look forward to another year of faith, hope and love. 

February 19 

I speak with Father Adrian Martens, from Ascension Catholic Parish, after Mass this morning about the importance of fasting during Lent.

February 9 

I spoke with Mr. Sauer, an English teacher, and John, a student, at St. Francis High School about Black History Month. 

February 1

Please join me in welcoming Father Adrian Martens as our new Ordained Chaplain. 

January 19 

Today I speak with our Racial Justice Committee about their work to prepare Black History Month resources and activities for our schools.

January 14 

Today I speak with Dr. Kelly Schwartz, associate professor at the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education and Applied Psychology program. He will be the guest speaker at our next online Parent & Trustee Forum on Tuesday, January 19. For the agenda and Zoom details, see our news story.

January 4

Happy New Year Calgary Catholic. A few important reminders this week. I'd also like to extend our condolences and prayers to the family of Sgt. Andrew Harnett. 

2020

Archived Vlogs

December 23 

Merry Christmas Calgary Catholic. Please join me in a prayer to wrap up the year. 

December 15

Today I talk with Dr. Christine Kennedy, Calgary Zone Medical Officer of Health, about what the additional health measures mean to us in education, and as we enter the holiday season. Dr. Kennedy also reminds us of our five health focuses. For all updates, see our COVID-19 page

December 1

Today I'm joined by John Wasch, director of Catholicity to discuss the season of Advent. For CCSD staff, send Dr. Szumlas your advent reflections to be included in staff updates. 

November 15

Today I'm joined by Gemma Oliverio and her daughter Olivia who is living with PNH. Olivia tells us more about her story and new government regulations that will prevent people like her from receiving life-saving medicine. Please take a few minutes to complete the process here to help people like Olivia. Enter your information, choose your province and postal code and the names of the Prime Minister, federal ministers of Health and Innovation, Science and Industry will appear. The email also auto-populates, so it takes a few moments to complete the process. ​

November 19

We're excited for our two-day, virtual Faith Days this year! Today I talk with John Wasch and Holly Schille about what's in store. 

October 4

​Happy World Teachers' Day! Thank you for your hard work to help our students learn and succeed in this difficult time. A big thank you to our support staff and administrators for supporting our teachers and making teachers' work possible. ​​

September 28

We were honoured that district elder Wanda Firstrider shared her experience of Residential School with us. Thank you Wanda. It is only by hearing and understanding these stories that we'll move closer to reconciliation. 

September 24 

Today, I talk with Dr. Christine Kennedy, Zone Medical Officer of Health for Calgary about what we can do to protect ourselves and others.