Board Bios

Cindy McGlashan-Beaucage (Board Chair)

Cindy was first elected to the Board in 2010 and served as Vice-Chair from 2012 to 2015, and briefly as Chair in the spring of 2015. Cindy is married and the proud mother of a 13 year old daughter, Maria, who attends FFCA.

 Cindy is a passionate advocate for choice in public education, parental partnerships and promoting our Charter on behalf of the FFCA community. When her daughter was accepted into Kindergarten in 2008, Cindy’s passion for volunteering and her enthusiasm for FFCA encouraged her to become a member of School Council and the Association of School Councils (ASC).  Cindy’s commitment and connection to the FFCA community began within the campus and has evolved to her work on the Board over the past five years. Cindy is highly motivated to continue her work on the Board as an advocate for the right of all families to have a choice in education. Outside volunteer work continues with the Arthritis Society and Heart and Stroke Foundation. 

"Cindy strongly supports the Board’s Government Relations Initiative which advocates to the Provincial Government on behalf of FFCA and all charter schools to achieve equitable funding, to improve access to facilities, and to increase awareness of the successes of charter schools."

Wayne Weinheimer (Board Vice-Chair)

Wayne has a son attending the FFCA Southwest Elementary Campus. Originally from Saskatchewan, he has been living in Calgary for over 20 years.

Wayne is the Director, Applications Services, in the Information Technology department at Mount Royal University, and has over 20 years of experience in that field. He works with multiple areas at the University to provide technology solutions to aid their teaching and learning departments, and their administrative business areas. He sits on a number of MRU councils and committees, and collaborates with multiple areas in the University to enable them to increase efficiency and provide a superior learning environment. Wayne's previous volunteer experience includes the Calgary Brier, the Calgary International Film Festival and the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

"I believe in the values of FFCA, especially the focus on respect, responsibility and integrity directly aligns with my personal values. When our son was born, we asked several people what would be the school for enrollment and FFCA came strongly recommended."

Andrew Chu

Andrew’s oldest child attends the Northwest Elementary Campus.

Andrew holds a BSc in Computer Engineering and is currently the operations manager, and a board member for more than 10 years, of a design and manufacturing company that he co-owns and co-founded. He is also on the board of a related sales and distribution company that has national and international sales, and on the board of a local condominium complex comprised of 300 condo units. Andrew believes strongly in the Guiding Principles outlined in FFCA’s Charter, and that it is every stakeholder’s duty and responsibility to ensure that his/her organization is held accountable to its core values. He believes that education is the basis of a civilized society and would like to advocate the advancement of knowledge in 3 specific areas:

1) Organizations (associations, societies, corporations, governments),

2) Finances (personal, non-profit, corporate, public), and

3) Public Services (justice, health care, education, registries, infrastructure).

 “I believe that a better understanding and appreciation of these three areas will inspire people to be strong and engaged citizens who will care deeply, think critically, act ethically, and continue to build on these foundations for the future.”

Amish Patel

 Amish has two children, 6 and 4 years old. His daughter attends Kindergarten at FFCA and his son will also attend in a couple of years. Amish is a Finance and Strategy professional and has worked in the investment banking industry for several years in numerous capacities. He holds two Masters Degrees - an MBA from Queen’s University and a Masters in Finance from the University of Alberta. Amish has 11 years of experience serving on boards, including West Island College, and has also served as a Director and Treasurer of a local children’s charity for 6 years. The common themes in his board service are education and children.

“My kids’ future means everything to me; I am willing to pour my heart and soul into FFCA to make it the best academic institution in the province and ensure it continues to provide a balanced education for children. I believe that a student should graduate FFCA having both excelled in academics and having learned to be a model citizen for our society.”

Cristian Rios

Cristian has two children in FFCA, and his wife is a teacher at FFCA's High School.

Cristian has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Calgary since 2006. He has taught university mathematics continuously for over two decades (in Argentina, Canada, and the U.S.) and has performed all associated roles as a scholar, researcher, conference organizer, and an academic. He is a member of the steering committee for the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), which has a mandate to foster mathematics education. Cristian hopes to help FFCA benefit from institutes like PIMS by encouraging and supporting administration and staff in the pursuit of creative enterprises, professional development, and partnerships with industry and post-secondary institutions.

"Education, like our children is always evolving; the only way to move forward is to constantly challenge our school to keep learning, to listen to all the parties involved, to be creative, and to look for ways to distinctively remain one of best schools in the world. I am constantly inspired by the academic excellence my children are challenged to achieve because of the commitment teachers and administrators demonstrate in developing and improving distinctive teaching and learning strategies, and by FFCA’s pledge to nurture character, leadership, and learning in our children and their staff.”

Shelley Schroh

Shelley has been a member of the FFCA Board of Directors since 2008. She describes her work during the past seven years as both exciting and challenging. Shelley is employed by the City of Calgary and loves her work as a pre-school teacher. Her oldest son is a graduate of FFCA and her three younger boys are FFCA students. Shelley spends many, many hours working both at home with her children and in their FFCA campus classrooms. Prior to her work on the Board, she
served as room parent numerous times in her boys' classrooms, and on the Southeast Elementary School Council. 

 “I have always believed that it takes the teacher and the parents to help a child reach his or her potential. I believe in the FFCA guiding principle that parental partnership is needed to make this school a success, and our results speak for themselves.’’ 

Pamela Wilson

This is Pamela’s first year on the FFCA Board. For six years she has participated in multiple FFCA School Councils, and five years as a part of the Association of School Councils (ASC). Over the last two years, she has worked with the Association of School Councils on the FFCA Community Fund, and in the past year she was involved in the “Preferred Future” initiative championed by the Board.

Pamela’s daughters are both in the North Middle campus and have enjoyed their FFCA experience since kindergarten and grade one. During the day, Pamela is a Financial Accountant responsible for financial reporting for a Calgary-based company operating throughout North America.

“I am passionate, driven, and committed to FFCA and parental choice for children’s education that FFCA’s foundation is built upon. I understand the big picture and I am not afraid to ask difficult questions for a different perspective. I support the drive and vision our FFCA Board has for continued educational improvement, parental involvement and the success of our children.”