Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Superintendent Announces Retirement

(Fort McMurray, AB, January 12, 2022) –  It is with a profound sense of gratitude, along with heavy hearts, we share the news Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Superintendent will retire at the end of the 2021/22 school year. 

A lifelong educator, George McGuigan has been a member of the Fort McMurray Catholic Schools family for 40 years as a Teacher, School Administrator, Deputy Superintendent, and current Superintendent. McGuigan was named Superintendent of Schools in April of 2013. 

I am eternally grateful to Fort McMurray Catholic Schools for providing me with the opportunity to pursue my passion and vocation of being involved in educating youth. I can honestly say that there was never a day I didn’t thoroughly enjoy this career; even the days that involved tough decisions. To be able to be involved in the lives of youth and their families, developing lifelong relationships, is a gift I will treasure forever. I have been truly blessed.” – George McGuigan, Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Superintendent 

McGuigan earned a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Prince Edward Island. He has modelled and shown his commitment to lifelong learning throughout his career. Continuous improvement has always been one of his top priorities. 

George currently serves on the Community Advisory Board with the RCMP, the Regional Aboriginal Recognition Awards Committee, and CAREERS Next Generation Advisory Group. McGuigan is a past member of the Board of Governors for Keyano College, Regional Collaborative Service Delivery Executive Committee, CASS/FNMI conference Zone 2/3 representative, and Provincial High School Redesign committee.

A long time resident of Fort McMurray, George has always been passionate about serving the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and is proud to call it home.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees we would like to congratulate Superintendent George McGuigan on his forthcoming retirement. George is the epitome of a servant leader. George will be the last person to toot his own horn. He spends many of his evenings attending as many extra-curricular events cheering on our students, attends mass regularly, and has led our division in ensuring an exceptional graduation rate. 

He leads by example; with kindness and compassion. We encourage our Fort McMurray Catholic School family and our community to use this time to continue to learn from his wisdom, follow his example of leading with kindness and compassion, and celebrate our children, families and community … we will be doing the same.”  – Cathie Langmead, Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education Chair