October 11, 1952 – February 9, 2020
…to act justly, to love faithfully and to walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Joan Susan Carr. Joan is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Kevin Carr; their children Sue (Bill), Jim, Patrick (Young-hee); grandchildren Bob, Laura (Kyle), and Mitch; her brother Jim; numerous relatives, friends, and cherished colleagues. Joan was predeceased by her parents Jack and Julia.
Joan lived out her vocation to Catholic education in service to Edmonton Catholic Schools (ECSD). She began her career, which spanned 45 years, as a kindergarten teacher. After several years in the classroom, Joan then served the Division in many senior leadership positions including Consultant for Special Education Services, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, and various Human Resources roles. She also served the province through a secondment to Alberta Education.
Upon her return to ECSD, Joan undertook school-based leadership as Principal of St. Richard Catholic School before returning to Division level service as Director of Educational Planning and Administrative Services, Assistant Superintendent, and ultimately as Superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools. She led the Division for 14 years.
Joan will always be known and loved as a person with a passion for Catholic education and for providing students with a broad spectrum of faith-based programming to choose from in order to reach their fullest potential. This has established the character of ECSD as one which provides for personalized programming to engage student gifts, talents, and passions through high quality Catholic educational experiences. Most of all, Joan loved bringing students, staff, and families into closer relationship with Jesus.
Joan’s visionary leadership has created a culture of excellence in ECSD. Service to students was a primary focus and resulted in the establishment of innovative centres that provide wraparound services for students and families by creating the potential for engaging community partners.
Her superlative leadership and service to Catholic education and the broader community garnered many recognitions. Joan was the recipient of the Newman Theological College Chancellor’s Award (2019), the ACSTA Appreciation Award (2018), CASSA Canadian Superintendent of the year (2016), Alberta EXL Award for Excellence in the Superintendency (2016), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and an organizational recipient of Alberta’s Top Employers (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).
Joan had a special commitment to the Indigenous community and to ensuring that students had the opportunity to experience the richness of authentic, culturally relevant educational opportunities. She understood the importance of and greatly valued the wisdom and counsel of the Elders. In honor of her work for Indigenous children, the Elders gave her the Cree spirit name Asiniy Achakos Iskwew, a name which she carried in her heart.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Joseph Basilica, 10044 -113 Street, NW. It will be livestreamed at: https://www.hdezwebcast.com/show/joan-carr?pass=57087c8bcd0139f6eec1badf6d9d560f
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kevin and Joan Carr Endowment Fund with the Edmonton Catholic Schools Foundation, www.ecsfoundation.ca.