Trustee Keith McGrath

We share this statement from Trustee Keith McGrath as he announces he will not run in the upcoming School Board election. 

“In 2004 I joined the Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education as I continued my work that I first started in a Jesuit school back home in Newfoundland. I have been so proud to be part of the Fort McMurray Catholic Schools family. 

I have taken great pride in my time starting an auction for the kids with Santas Anonymous, this has always been for the kids. The indigenous programs with our Division give me such pride-  the naming of Elsie Yanik Catholic School, and the Jim and Geraldine Learning Commons in the school. 

I’ve learned from and worked with the best. Terry Langis and Geraldine Carbery were two of the best. I have also worked with 3 Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Superintendents now. George (McGuigan)-  you have always put kids first. 

When elected officials are elected to look after the most vulnerable, be it children or seniors, it’s an honour I take seriously and we must do our best for them.

On behalf of my family… I’d like to leave a scholarship behind. For 10 years we will share this scholarship and continue to look after kids. The kids like me who will hopefully see service and volunteering in their future.”    — Trustee Keith McGrath


“I have had the pleasure of knowing Keith for many years.  He is, without a doubt, a true humanitarian. His love of children and ensuring they are given everything they need has been his never ending vocation. His many years as Trustee is a testament to his character and dedication to serving the Catholic School Division family. Trustee McGrath, simply stated; Thank you.  God bless you and your family.”  — Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Superintendent George McGuigan 

“Trustee McGrath has served as an integral part of Fort McMurray’s Catholic School family since first being elected as a Trustee in 2004. Keith’s advocacy for children and passion for the community is well known around the board table, and his nearly two decades of service will leave a long lasting legacy. With our deepest gratitude for his service, we know that Keith will remain involved in the community while endeavouring to spend more time with Teresa, and likely on the golf course! May the Lord continue to shine His light on Keith and his family.” — Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education Chair Cathie Langmead

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  1 Peter 4:10

The next election for the Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education will be held October 18, 2021. For more information please visit