Trustee Robert Yaro

We share this statement as Trustee Robert Yaro announces he will not run in the upcoming School Board election. 

Robert Yaro began his teaching career with Fort McMurray Catholic Schools in 1976 at St. Johns Junior High School. He moved to Father Mercredi High School when it opened in 1982 and served in several roles at Father Mercredi over the course of his educational career. In 2002 Trustee Yaro was granted a Graduate Diploma in Religious Education from Newman Theological College in Edmonton.

Trustee Yaro retired in 2010 with 34 years of serving Catholic Education in the community. After retirement,Trustee Yaro was appointed Pastoral Coordinator for St. Johns and St. Paul’s Parish. Trustee Yaro has supported Santas Anonymous, since the partnership was first established with the Kinsmen of Fort McMurray.

Trustee Yaro was actively involved in the Alberta Teachers Association with ATA Local 48 throughout his career. Trustee Yaro took part in various archeological excavations in Israel. He visited a number of sites associated with Jesus’ Ministry in the Galilee and Jerusalem. Yaro incorporated this into various religion classes in order to have them come alive for students.  Trustee Yaro has also presented lessons in Biblical Archeology, the Life of Jesus and the Bible in elementary schools based upon these experiences.

“Robert and I have been colleagues for many years beginning with our time together at Father Mercredi High School. The expertise he brought to the classroom in developing the minds of our future leaders was outstanding. I have been blessed to work alongside him. He took this same passion into his role as a trustee. He saw the need to find a way to continue to advocate for Catholic Education and our youth. He has spent 45 years in Education dedicated to serving this community. Well done good and faithful servant.”  — Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Superintendent George McGuigan 

“Trustee Yaro has been a valued member of our Board over the past five years. Robert’s deep theological understanding and involvement in Catholic education has served our Board in numerous, invaluable ways. He was a recipient of Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees Association 2021 St. Thomas More award. Trustee Yaro’s wisdom and championship of all students will be greatly missed. We wish him God’s greatest blessings and hope that he will be able to return to his true passion of international travel and amateur archeological digs in the near future!” — Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education Chair Cathie Langmead 

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” – Acts 20:35

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