Dana Downey was elected in 2021 in Wards 1 and 2 in northwest Calgary.
She believes the importance of public education cannot be overstated and that it truly serves the common good. Dana is committed to the continuous improvement of our public education system by listening, learning, collaboratively solving problems and taking action. At the Calgary Board of Education, students come first, and Dana has demonstrated this value in her work as a teacher. She has over 10 years teaching experience and seven years with the CBE. Dana is passionate about supporting all students in reaching their personal and academic potential.
In her role as a resource teacher, Dana worked directly with students, families, colleagues, administrators, specialists and community agencies to advocate for student success. Dana was part of a team that funded, planned and built a community garden and outdoor classroom at John G. Diefenbaker High School, where she was a teacher mentor of the student environmental club. Dana has also worked for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, developing and delivering fine arts programming in Indigenous communities across Alberta. Dana has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (visual art) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge. She also earned TESOL certification from Mount Royal University and has taught English language learners at the high school level. Dana continues to study teaching and learning and enjoys continuous professional development.