for Red Deer Public School Trustee
for School Sport
As a coach and parent, I will be an advocate for the important place of sport in the student experience. This involves committing to excellence in programming, variety of sports offered, and coach development training for teachers. I am also an advocate for encouraging girls to continue in sport as they move through adolescence.
Physical Activity and Mental Health
While competitive sport may not be the avenue for all students, physical activity should be. There is a clear link between physical activity and mental health, and as such I will advocate for creative ways to engage all students in physical activity throughout their school week, as a part of supporting their overall educational and personal success as whole persons.
Kari grew up in Calgary, but received her B.A. in English from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, where she was a dual sport scholarship athlete in tennis and cross-country running. In 2009, Kari and her husband, along with their two small children, moved to Indonesia to serve in education and sport development with the Alliance Church for almost five years. Kari moved with her family to Red Deer in 2015, where she is now in her sixth year as the head coach of the Kings and Queens Cross-Country and Track program.
~ Marathon wins in Kelowna, Mississippi, Edmonton, and Red Deer
~ Currently in final semester of Master's of Education in Coaching from University of Victoria
~ Two-time ACAC Coach of the Year
~ Red Deer Women of Excellence Nominee
~ Alberta Sport Development Council Board Member
~ Proud mom of two Hunting Hills High School student athletes