Support Our Students was born on the playgrounds of Alberta. Our experiences’ as parents witnessing the impact of chronic underfunding of public education on our children inspired us to organize. We believe in a public education system that is fair and equitable to all Albertan children. A public system where funding keeps pace with growth and every student is supported in a healthy and secure learning environment.
Executive Director Carolyn Blasetti
Carolyn grew up in Southern Alberta attending public schools in Okotoks Alberta before moving on to the big city to attend the University of Calgary graduating with a Bachelor of History. She continued her studies by attending the University of Lethbridge graduating with a Bachelor of Education specializing in Native Education. Carolyn taught for the Calgary Board of Education before moving into the non-traditional teaching field of Environmental Education. She worked as an environmental educator at Alberta Environment and then Inside Education a non-profit organization focused on a bias balanced approach to teaching environmental issues. She now dedicates her time to community engagement, volunteering and advocacy work.
Communication Director Barbara Silva
Born in Ontario but raised all over Canada, Barbara attended 11 different public and separate schools in Alberta & Ontario. She holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. She worked in the Oil & Gas industry for 6 years before pursuing her Master Of Education from the University of Western Ontario in London. After working in the Rockyview School Division for 4 years she now volunteers her time to advocate for children’s rights to an accessible, quality and equitable public education.
Research Director Elsa Campos
Born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised between the United States and Canada, Elsa has attended many different schools across the U.S/Canada border. She holds a Bachelor of Art with a major in Psychology and Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. Elsa has worked in the field of non-profit and social service for the past 17 years. She also volunteers time in support of initiatives that build stronger kids and communities.