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MINISTER'S ADVISORY COUNCIL ON SPECIAL EDUCATION

Ministry
EDUCATION
URL
www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/abcs/acse/acse_eng.html
Address
900 BAY ST, 18TH FLMOWAT BLOCK
TORONTO
M7A1L2
Phone
(416) 314-2333
Fax
416-314-0637
Background
Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2, ss. 10(a); O.C. 920/2005
Function

The Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education advises the Minister of Education on any matter related to the establishment and provision of special education programs and services for students with special needs, including the identification and provision of early intervention programs In particular, the Council: • responds to proposals or positions of the Ministry of Education or other ministries, as submitted to the Council • identifies concerns in the delivery of special education programs and services for students with special needs and provides information, advice, and recommendations for ministry consideration; • submits an annual report that includes the following: o the Council's priorities and a plan for achieving them; o an analysis of the achievement of the previous year's priorities; o recommendations to the minister • meets up to three times a year for a maximum of 4 ½ days per year.

Membership

The current membership consists of 20 voting and 4 non-voting members. Members represent either an exceptionality (e.g., developmental disabilities or giftedness) or a profession (e.g., teachers or social workers). Two members are cross-appointed to represent the Catholic Community and two others the French Language Community. There is also a representative for students/youth, and a member to represent the Indigenous Community. The four non-voting members represent the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. All Council members are appointed by the Minister of Education.

Term

Members are appointed by the minister for a maximum of two terms, each term consisting of a maximum of three years. If a member vacates a position prior to completing the term, the minister will appoint another individual for the remainder of the term. A member's combined service must not exceed six years.

Meetings
The council meets up to three times a year for a maximum of four and a half days per year.
Remuneration
Appointees are eligible to receive expenses.

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. CHAIR (PART-TIME) JOE TROVATO
01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2020
BRANTFORD
2. VICE-CHAIR (PART-TIME) MARION MACDONALD
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
OHSWEKEN
3. MEMBER (PART-TIME) CHRISTINE HUGHES
01-Oct-2007 - N/A
TORONTO
4. MEMBER (PART-TIME) JANE CLEVE
01-Sep-2012 - N/A
5. MEMBER (PART-TIME) JANE COUSENS
12-Jun-2007 - N/A
TORONTO
6. MEMBER (PART-TIME) MARY IANNUZZIELLO
01-Feb-2003 - N/A
TORONTO
7. MEMBER (PART-TIME) SUZANNE BONNEVILLE
17-May-2016 - 16-May-2019
OTTAWA
8. MEMBER (PART-TIME) JIM VAN BUSKIRK
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
BRAMPTON
9. MEMBER (PART-TIME) LAURA LACHANCE
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
COLLINGWOOD
10. MEMBER (PART-TIME) SHARON MCWHIRTER
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
TORONTO
11. MEMBER (PART-TIME) SHELLY DURANCE
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
DRYDEN
12. MEMBER (PART-TIME) SUZANNE MURPHY
22-Sep-2017 - 21-Sep-2020
PORT SYDNEY
13. MEMBER (PART-TIME) GARY PIETERS
16-Oct-2017 - 15-Oct-2020
TORONTO
14. MEMBER (PART-TIME) NICOLA JONES-STOKREEF
16-Oct-2017 - 15-Oct-2020
MIDLAND
15. MEMBER (PART-TIME) SUE BALL
09-Feb-2018 - 05-Nov-2020
RICHMOND HILL
16. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
17. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
18. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
19. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
20. MEMBER (PART-TIME)