As a Catholic community, we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of long-time Board of Education trustee Alice Risling, who passed away November 8, 2020.
Alice had a long career in health care working as a nurse and administrator with the Saskatoon Health District (which has since been amalgamated into a provincial Saskatchewan Health Authority).
First elected to the Board of Education in 1994, Alice served eight terms on the board over 26 years. She served on several different board committees, including the Together in Faith and Action committee and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation Board of Directors. She worked on the Central Urban Métis Federation Inc./Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Educational Alliance and the māmawohkamātowin Partnership with Saskatoon Tribal Council, illustrating her commitment to Truth and Reconciliation within the division.
Alice represented the division on the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association (SCSBA), and she was honoured as a Life Member for both the SCSBA and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. Most recently, she was recognized with the SCSBA Julian Paslawski Meritorious Service Award Winner for 2020.
Alice, and her late husband Frank, had two children: Karen (husband Mark) and Diane (husband Greg). She is also survived by eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
“I can’t think of a more dedicated school trustee,” said Diane Boyko, GSCS Board of Education Chair. “Alice was at every event, and she attended board and school council meetings faithfully. Her passion for Catholic education was evident to all. She truly loved staff and students in the division. She will be dearly missed.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a small private funeral will be held. Please pray for the repose of Alice’s soul and for the consolation of her family.
May all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.