About Us

Travis Chabot, President

Bio: Born in Peace River, Alberta, and raised in Grande Prairie; I come from the North. I am a 6th year seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan. I am the oldest of two. Growing up, I was a member of the Grande Prairie Boys Choir and enjoyed playing football. In my last year of high-school I felt a call to discern the priesthood so I came to St. Joseph Seminary in 2011. I completed my BA in philosophy and French literature in 2015 at the University of Alberta and am currently a student in the first year of the M.Div. program at Newman Theological College.

Email: travis.chabot@my.newman.edu

Bethanne O'Neil, VP Academic

Bio: I was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, and moved to Toronto, Ontario to find employment. My father was a non-practicing Catholic, my mother was non-religious and my brother and I were never baptized as children. For a variety of reasons, I ultimately landed at the University of Toronto, securing a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education. I moved to Edmonton, Alberta to pursue a Master’s in Sociology and when finished began working at the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta, and just recently retired. My journey into religious life began in April, 1999 when I was baptized at the Easter Vigil into the Anglican Church. My life has never been the same. I had a lot to learn and in the past year I decided to enrol at Newman Theological College. I am currently an unclassified student and considering which program to enter. So far, I am thoroughly enjoying my studies at Newman!!


Belinda Halbach, VP Finance

Br. Michael Perras, o.f.m., VP Social Life

Bio: I was born in Montmartre, Saskatchewan and raised just down the highway in Glenavon, Saskatchewan. I am the oldest of 4 (2 brothers and a sister) and I have 10 amazing nephews and nieces. My parents own and operate a grocery store, which was a big part of my childhood through to early adult life. Before entering the Franciscan Friars of Western Canada I ministered as a Youth Minister in the Battlefords, Yorkton, Swift Current and in Regina and my last position was as Pastoral Assistant at Resurrection Parish in Regina. I made my first profession (simple vows) with the Franciscans on     August 2, 2015. When the B.Th program is not consuming my time I love to bake and cook. I have an interest in liturgical and home décor. I also love live theatre, cultural experiences and to write.

Email: pdlgrm@hotmail.com

Darryl Tymchuk, VP Spiritual Life

Robert Lee, VP Communications

Solomiia-Mariia Savaryn, Secretary

Bio: Hello! My name is Solomiia-Mariia Savaryn and I am in my second year of the Bachelor of Theology program. I am from Ukraine and I grew up in a Catholic family with one brother and one sister. I am extensively involved in the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy here in Edmonton. My ministries with the eparchy include child catechesis, conducting the choir and being a cantor at St. Josaphat's Cathedral. My other hobbies are playing on the piano, reading, and watching movies with my family.


Kaitlyn Baier, Graduate Representative

Belinda Halbach, Graduate Representative

Bio: I was born in Wetaskiwin and after living many places in Western Canada, have returned to the area to live in Beaumont. I have been married to my husband, Joe, for 25 years. We have two daughters and one son-in-law. I have a B Ed from Simon Fraser University and am currently enrolled in the Master’s of Divinity program. I joined the Catholic faith in December 1999. I enjoy going for walks, reading, singing, and cheering on the Edmonton Eskimos. 


Br. Peter Pitchko, osbm, Graduate Representative

Aidan O'Toole, Undergraduate Representative

Christine Paquin, Undergraduate Representative
Matthew McPhee, Undergraduate Representative