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. Parents know their children better than any bureaucrat, government body or activist can, and Donna believes a parent’s primary role as caregiver and educator for their children, and the essential relationship between children and their parents, should never be diminished by law or school policy edicts.
As a stay-at-home mother, her knowledge and commitment have grown as she has guided her own children through their individual educational journeys in Catholic and public schools. All three of Donna’s children have also, at one time or another, homeschooled-traditionally, blended 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 homeschool to name a few. However, in recent years the heavy-handed Alberta government experimentation of core curriculum, the inequitable distribution of school funding, and the coercion of school communities by Legislation like Bill 10, Bill 7 and the Education Guidelines for Best Practices has diminished the quality of education for students, and slowly eroded parental choice from the inside out. 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 intention, to stand alongside parents and help reverse this trend going forward.