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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
315 FRONT ST.W., 14TH FL
TORONTO
M7A0B8
Phone
(416) 314-2333
Fax
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 23 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 non-voting members represent the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, and the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. All Council members are appointed by the Minister of Education.

Term

Members are appointed by the minister for a first term consisting of a maximum of 3 years. Members may be eligible for reappointment by the Minister. A member’s combined service must not exceed 6 years. If a member vacates a position prior to completing the term, the minister will appoint another individual for the remainder of the term.

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) JIM VAN BUSKIRK
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
BRAMPTON
8. MEMBER (PART-TIME) LAURA LACHANCE
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
COLLINGWOOD
9. MEMBER (PART-TIME) SHARON MCWHIRTER
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
TORONTO
10. MEMBER (PART-TIME) SHELLY DURANCE
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2020
DRYDEN
11. MEMBER (PART-TIME) SUZANNE MURPHY
22-Sep-2017 - 21-Sep-2020
PORT SYDNEY
12. MEMBER (PART-TIME) GARY PIETERS
16-Oct-2017 - 15-Oct-2020
TORONTO
13. MEMBER (PART-TIME) NICOLA JONES-STOKREEF
16-Oct-2017 - 15-Oct-2020
MIDLAND
14. MEMBER (PART-TIME) SUE BALL
09-Feb-2018 - 05-Nov-2020
RICHMOND HILL
15. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
16. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
17. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
18. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
19. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
20. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
21. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
22. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
23. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
24. MEMBER (PART-TIME)
25. MEMBER (PART-TIME)