Saturday, 31 January 2015

I am Doctor Darren Cannell

On January 30th 2015, I am Doctor Darren Cannell. I passed my dissertation defense and it is time to smile and figure out what I want to do when I get older. Thanks to my wife and son who have dealt with an absent husband and father for the last seven years. But I am done.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Monday, 15 December 2014

John McGettigan Nominee for Stonebridge Dakota riding says it in his own words.

The first of many videos.  John McGettigan will explain in his own words why he is the best nominee for the SaskParty in the Stonebridge Dakota riding.   Watch and I think you will agree

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Announcing the John McGettigan website

John McGettigan's website is up and running...

The site will allow you to register for a SaskParty membership.   Subscribe for news updates.   A countdown until the nomination meeting.

Friday, 12 December 2014

My first political week...

So let us try to summarize the week:

John McGettigan has announced his desire to run for MLA in the riding of Stonebridge Dakota for the SaskParty… Announcement of his intentions brought on the flurry of questions.
·         People are concerned that he will be stepping down from his position of STA president if he wins the election.
·         His choice of political parties is challenged.
·         His reasons for running are challenged.
·         Like any politician, many assumptions have been made about his platform.
The good thing is that all this will be made clear in time.   The one thing that we will continue to do is communicate, put our foot in our mouths, be honest and try to give people the information they need to go forward and vote for or against John.
John like myself has always been a SaskParty supporter.   Which party he was running for was a significant discussion of the week.  He being so liked meant most people wanted him to run for the party that they support, and this had hurt some feeling when it did not align.  Many have made the assumption that he should be running for this party or that party, in the future ask don’t assume.   If anything we will say honestly how we have gotten to where we are.
John has decided to make this move as he feels he can make bigger changes in education by being at the level of the provincial government.  He did not do it as a power grab or for personal gain.  I have for years tried to get him to run for the provincial government because I do feel they have not done a great job in education.  In the last 12 months, they made tremendous leaps and bound toward stabilizing the portfolio, and I think there is nothing but good things to come with the SaskParty and education.  But it is also my belief that someone like John is needed to support the current changes as they happen.
John is running for MLA, his passion is education and I would love to see him as the Minister of Education.  But I am very aware that is an extensive portfolio and it will take some political experience before he would be ready for such a portfolio.   Fingers cross, shoot for the stars is my philosophy.  He is not running for minister of education he is running for an MLA position.
Am I doing this because it might grow into a position for me as a SaskParty employee?  This might happen, but I am currently just finishing my Ph.D. and might accept some other possible ventures that are before me.   But I too, am passionate about education and having John run for the party which I support is a dream for me and I will do my best to make that happen and hopefully not put my foot in my mouth too often.  He has been a great thing for the STA, he would be a great thing for the STF, and he would be an awesome thing for the government.
It has been a stressful week for John as he is getting some (typical, or so I have been told) mudslinging his way, and there have also been some pot shots at myself as well.   I wish people would ask, don’t assume and both John and I will do our best to give you honest answers.  

It is my belief John has some very valuable skills which would be welcome in any community in which he decides to apply them, I for one and happy he has decided to apply them to the political party which I support.

Monday, 8 December 2014

John McGettigan running for Sask Party.

For immediate release:

I am pleased to announce today that I will be seeking the nomination for the Saskatchewan Party in the constituency of Stonebridge Dakota.

The Stonebridge Dakota constituency is a new constituency, and it represents the real growth Saskatchewan has undergone in recent years.  Like the rest of Saskatchewan this constituency holds great promise for the future. I would like to play a part in designing and building that future.

I was born and raised in Saskatoon, a graduate of Holy Cross High School and the University of Saskatchewan.  My wife Leanne and I are raising our kids here and I hope they do the same.  

I am very proud to have been a teacher in this province for over 20 years, the last four as president of the Saskatoon Teachers Association. It has been a true privilege.

I believe my experience, passion, and vision for the future of this province will help keep Saskatchewan growing and strong.


John McGettigan

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Amazon users...add your comments and help start my book launch.

The uptake on the second book has been slow but that is to be expected.  As I worked on the book and followed the same process as the first...basically more of the same...don't change something that works.

It will allow the users of the first book to continue developing their tablet drawing skills.

I think it might be the sharing of I will be patient and wait for the comments to start.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Friday, 24 October 2014

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My Name is Darren Cannell

There is a simple question before us:  Why should you vote for me to be a GSCS Trustee?
A simple answer:  Because my mother would be so proud of me if I got elected. 
A more complex answer:
I have been a student for 28 years of my life.  The first 4 degrees were about education.  My last degree which I will be finished in the next couple of months is my PHD in education, so I know the theory.
I applied this theory as I was a GSCS teacher and administrator for 31 years of my life.  This was an achievement because when I started teaching I thought I would teach for 10 years and then move to something else.  So, why did I stay for 31 years?  I stayed because GSCS was and is the best school division in the country and our country is ranked third in the world for education.  Where else was I to go to learn my education trade.
I was raised as a Canadian army brat and moved every 3 years of my young life until I was 17 years of age.  This kind of childhood give you itchy feet, which I scratch by travelling a lot with my wife and now our son.  Both of whom are part of the GSCS system, my wife is currently an assistant principal at Holy Cross High school and my son is a grade 6 student at Mother Teresa School. 
In 2010 for 10 months we went for a walkabout and travelled around the world.  Literally around the world we saw 39 countries.  Travelling is a form of education which taught me more than all my five degrees combined.  It opened my eyes to the importance of a good faith based education system.  It showed me how lucky we are to have GSCS and to live in Saskatoon.
Education is at a cross roads, the past education system was developed for the industrial age.  Society has moved into the information age.  We need our school to reflect this change and prepare our students for the world in which they are going to live. This is not something to fear this means we are in an exciting fast paced time where the world has become a very small place.
The information age with its quick paced communication and vast amount of information makes a faith based approach to education so important.  Our students need a foundation in which to build themselves around and filter the vast amount of information which this age brings.  A faith foundation which GSCS is so good at providing. 
Catholic education is being attacked from a multitude of front. Christianity itself is being attacked in some location of the world, but that is another topic for another day.
I think the best way for us to succeed against these attacks on GSCS is to celebrate our successes.  I know from experience that what GSCS offers is amazing and I feel if elected I still have something to offer in the future vision of the GSCS …and its goal of fulfilling its mission statement.

Which is:
A welcoming community where we nurture faith, encourage excellence in learning and inspire students to serve others, making the world a better place.

Please consider voting for me, I will do my best to make the mission statement a reality.  

Thank you