REGINA — Regina’s Roman Catholic School Division director of Education, Rob Currie, has resigned to take on new challenges with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. He said the division is in a good position in terms of growth, facilities development, a dedicated and committed staff, and it was time for a change in leadership.
“So after much discernment, prayer and reflection I made the decision to approach the board to make a change,” said Currie in an interview with the PM.
He described the position with the Ministry of Education as an opportunity to serve what he called the learning agenda in a provincial perspective. He will become an assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of Education Aug. 1. He will remain with the school division until the end of July and will be involved in the mentoring of the new director whenever that individual is hired.
Currie is a product of Regina Catholic Schools, where he obtained his elementary and high school education. He obtained a bachelor of arts degree through Campion College, University of Regina, then his bachelor of education degree from the University of Victoria. He began his teaching career at St. Joseph School in Smithers, B.C. He began his Regina Catholic School Division career in the fall of 1985.
He taught in various schools, became a principal, then moved to the school board office as a supervisor of Education Services with responsibility for daily operations within the schools. He applied for the director’s position after the resignation of the previous director and has served in that position for eight years.
“It has been eight glorious years of opportunity,” he said.
He described the opening mass for the school year, which the entire school board staff attends, as a highlight of his 31 years with the division. “It has an enthusiasm and an energy that is contagious. It brings together the entire school division, the clergy of the archdiocese, and it is a celebration of renewal at the start of a school year. It sets a fire under everyone for the whole year.”
Another highlight has been the faith-based support of the Catholic School Division. “This is a faith community that values not only education but also faith, a Catholic faith, and they are absolutely wanting that Catholic faith to be an opportunity for each and every child.”
He said he will miss the faith-based component that starts and ends every meeting with a prayer. “I have been truly blessed to serve 31 years in a faith-based Catholic education system.”