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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
Background
Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2, ss. 10(a); O.C. 920/2005 (opens a new window)
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 3 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, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. All Council members are appointed by the Minister of Education.

Qualifications

Candidates may be members of an association serving the exceptionality or professional group, or they may be individuals who have wide ranging contacts with others within the community of interest.
 
Candidates will have knowledge of special education and a wide range of background experiences in order to maintain a balanced membership. Members will be selected with multiple criteria in mind:
·         all regions of the province;
·         urban and rural perspectives;
·         public and separate schools;
·         elementary and secondary education;
·         men and women; and
·         cultural and linguistic minority groups.
 
French and Catholic representation:
In addition to representing their community of interest, two of the members will also act as representatives of the Franco-Ontarian community, and two of the members will also act as representatives of the Roman Catholic community.
 
Time Commitment:
Up to three meetings per year, each spanning two days (normally in June, October and February). Sub-committees may also be struck that meet via teleconference between regular Council meetings. Members are expected to liaise with organizations within their community of interest. Contact should be made prior to each regular meeting of the Council in order to inform discussions, and again after each Council meeting to the meeting. 

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) PEGGY BLAIR
25-May-2020 - 31-Mar-2023
zurich
2. Vice-Chair (Part-Time)
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) JUDY CARTER
19-Nov-2020 - 31-Mar-2022
innisfil
7. Member (Part-Time) KATHERYNE HOFFSCHMIDT
18-Jan-2021 - 31-Mar-2022
aurora
8. Member (Part-Time) LEAH BRIGHTON
16-Jul-2020 - 31-Mar-2022
toronto
9. Member (Part-Time) LORIE LAROCHE
07-Oct-2020 - 31-Mar-2022
nepean
10. Member (Part-Time) MAXINE SHARE
26-Jun-2020 - 31-Mar-2022
bradford
11. Member (Part-Time) PATRICIA L SKY
07-Oct-2020 - 31-Mar-2022
toronto
12. Member (Part-Time) KERRIE ST JEAN
19-Nov-2019 - 18-Nov-2022
whitefish
13. Member (Part-Time) MICHAEL JACQUES
19-Nov-2019 - 18-Nov-2022
fonthill
14. Member (Part-Time) PEGGY BLAIR
19-Nov-2019 - 18-Nov-2022
zurich
15. Member (Part-Time) STACEY MANZEROLLE
19-Nov-2019 - 18-Nov-2022
orangeville
16. Member (Part-Time) BEN SMITH
18-Feb-2020 - 17-Feb-2023
toronto
17. Member (Part-Time) GARY PIETERS
22-Dec-2020 - 31-Mar-2023
toronto
18. Member (Part-Time) LINDA ZARETSKY
19-Nov-2020 - 31-Mar-2023
north york
19. Member (Part-Time) MONIKA NAZAIR
16-Jul-2020 - 31-Mar-2023
toronto
20. Member (Part-Time) ROBERT SALTSTONE
02-Feb-2021 - 31-Mar-2023
north bay
21. Member (Part-Time) ROSE CANTISANO
10-Nov-2020 - 31-Mar-2023
maple
22. Member (Part-Time)
23. Member (Part-Time)
24. Member (Part-Time)