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.