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“Alberta is recognized for providing one of the best education systems in the world. Our system is built on a range of educational choices, including public, separate, charter, Francophone and private schools. Our students consistently perform among the best in Canada and around the world. The availability of choice strengthens our education system and supports the right of students and parents to have options that meet the objectives of the School Act. This range of choices continues to bring new ideas and innovative approaches to learning that ultimately benefit all our students.” Education Minister Dave Hancock, in a letter to Janet Wees, Dec. 23, 2010.


The Alberta Association of Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) is an association comprised of Alberta Education approved charter schools that choose to be members and support TAAPCS objectives. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors.


TAAPCS Objectives:

•To promote and facilitate public charter school education in Alberta

•To speak with one voice on behalf of public charter schools in Alberta

•To promote a forum for public charter schools to meet in support of common goals

•To advocate for continued innovation and choice within public education


Halvar Jonson Award Winner 2013

A Champion of Charter School Education: Marc Prefontaine

Marc Prefontaine grew up as a small town boy in Redwater, Alberta.  He then attended College St. Jean and Holy Redeemer College as a boarding student.  Following high school he completed his education at the University of Alberta.

Education runs deep in Marc’s family.  Not only is he a teacher but so too is his wife, a brother and eight younger family members, including his son in law.  Not to be forgotten are Marc’s mother and step-  father who also came to teaching later in life.  Marc says “we talk a great deal about teaching” in our family.

Marc worked as a teacher, school leader and system leader in St. Albert for 29 years before moving into a government role for the next 12 years.  Marc had various assignments with Alberta Education.  He says “first I was an administrator for special education funding, later as a supporter and manager of schools of choice, programs that provide education to children and families who want something other than the norm.  This role gifted me with the ability to appreciate the richness of charter schools and to value so highly the people dedicated to ensuring their success”.  In addition to his work with schools of choice, Marc also served as the Registrar for teacher certification and “dreamed it big to encompass standard setting, capacity building and policy direction”.  As well, Marc also was actively involved in negotiating labor mobility agreements for teachers and credential recognition agreements for Alberta.

After two retirements, Marc says “I continue to work in the education sector, at a slower pace”.

As a husband, father and grandfather, Marc continues to be very interested in how teaching and education will evolve to support his family in their lifelong aspirations.

The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools is extremely appreciative of the role Marc Prefontaine has played in supporting “schools of choice” and is pleased to recognize his contributions through the presentation of the 2013 Halvar Jonson Award. 

Thank you Marc.




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