Meet Althea

Althea is a first-generation Canadian, born in Toronto in 1975. Her father immigrated from Mexico to California when he was seven years old, then both her parents left the United States for Toronto in the late 1960s, with their final stop to Calgary in 1980.

Althea attended CBE’s schools from grade 1 to 12. During this time Althea developed a passion for music and communications. She continued to Mount Royal University and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Communications.

Althea was married in 2003 and has two sons both who attend CBE schools. Althea was an avid volunteer in her boys’ school and served on their school council. She developed a keen interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and then STEAM which added the arts. For many years, she worked at APEGA in communications and had the great privilege of organizing the Calgary Science Olympics several years in a row. In 2015, Althea’s husband passed away of acute myeloid leukemia. Althea had to navigate alone through many challenges including school challenges. She became even more passionate about what was happening, not only in her children’s school, but in the entire system. This passion led her to run for public school trustee in 2017. As a first-time politician and single mom, running a campaign was a challenge. She was and continues to be honoured that the citizens of Wards 3 and 4 elected her to represent them.

A Strong History

For Althea, Education is a huge part of her family. Her father was the eldest of nine siblings. Her grandparents worked in the local tortilla factory when they immigrated to California and assumed their children would do the same. But through sheer determination and English as a second language, her father was accepted to Cal State LA. The first in the family to attend university. He graduated with an Education degree with a minor in theatre. He went on to earn two master’s degrees, one in Special Education, and the other in Theatre. In Calgary, he enjoyed a career with the Calgary Board of Education, teaching mostly in special education and Spanish bilingual. Her father inspired his other siblings to go to university, many of them now working in Education in the of state California. As for Althea’s mom, well that is the arts side of Althea. Her mother was a costume designer and worked professionally in Calgary until her recent retirement.
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Althea has her grade 10 in voice through the Royal Conservatory of Music and has continued to have music as a huge part of her life. Eleven years ago, she was one of the charter members and Team Leader of Vocal-Motion Chorus, a competitive Sweet Adelines chorus who has made it to the international stage twice placing fourth in the world each time. She also competes with her quartet, The Notetellas. She had the great honour of serving as assistant director for her chorus. Teaching the ins and outs of breaking down chords, and how to sing barbershop has become a passion.