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OPSBA Work Teams

Members of OPSBA's two core Work Teams play a meaningful role in advancing the Association's identified priorities through the initiatives they accomplish. These Work Teams focus on OPSBA's identified priorities and take on tasks that are aimed at action on the Association's priorities.

EDUCATION PROGRAM WORK TEAM

This work group provides recommendations to the Board of Directors/Executive Council on issues related to education program reform, children's services and social policy, including, but not restricted to: program restructuring, secondary school reform; curriculum; information technology; special education programs; College of Teachers, teacher training; early learning; school to work/college/university linkages; Education Quality and Accountability Office; quality, accountability, testing and assessment; immigration, poverty and settlement and any additional needs and services in this area.

Membership includes two trustees from each OPSBA region and one additional alternate who attends in the absence of the regional member appointed by resolution of each Regional Council, a member of Executive Council to act as a liaison member appointed by resolution of the Board of Directors, and an optional (non-voting) senior school board officials appointed by resolution of the work group. The work group reports to the Board of Directors through Executive Council. 

Staff Resource

Judith Nyman, Director, Program Policy

Work Team Members 

Patrice Barnes, Durham, Central East
Loralea Carruthers, York Region, Central East
Marty Fairbairn, Upper Grand, Central West
Kathi Smith, Waterloo Region, Central West 
Marjorie Adam, Renfrew County, Eastern
Caroll Carkner, Upper Canada, Eastern
Tom Henderson, Ontario North East, Northern (E)
Trudy Tuchenhagen, Lakehead, Northern (W)
Judy Cairncross, Avon Maitland, Western
Jan Johnstone, Bluewater, Western
Mary Lynch Taylor, Kawartha Pine Ridge, First Nations

Executive Council Liaison

Jerry Chadwick, Toronto

Alternates

Louise Clodd, Trillium Lakelands, Central East
Alex Johnstone, Hamilton-Wentworth, Central West
Keith Penny, Ottawa-Carleton, Eastern
Bob McEachren, Algoma, Northern (E)
Mark Mannisto, Superior-Greenstone, Northern (W)
Julia Burgess, Greater Essex County, Western
Carol Stevens, Near North, First Nations

POLICY DEVELOPMENT WORK TEAM

This work group provides recommendations to the Board of Directors/Executive Council on issues related to the analysis of legislation and the development of OPSBA policy in areas affecting education finance and governance, including, but not restricted to: education finance and education finance reform; assessment, revenue and taxation, operating grants; school capital; financial accounting and reporting; the role of the Ministry, school boards, school councils; municipal election issues; education restructuring, deregulation and privatization; and any additional needs and services in this area.

Membership includes two trustees from each OPSBA region and one alternate who attends in the absence of the regional member appointed by resolution of each Regional Council, one member of the Executive Council to act as a liaison member appointed by resolution of the Board of Directors, and an optional (non-voting) senior school board officials appointed by resolution of the work group. The work group reports to the Board of Directors through Executive Council.

Staff Resource

Jennifer McIntyre, Director of Policy

Work Team Members 

Donna Edwards, Durham, Central East
Shelley Laskin, Toronto, Central East
Jeanne Gray, Halton, Central West
David Green, Peel, Central West
Mary Hall, Hastings and Prince Edward, Eastern
John McAllister, Upper Canada, Eastern
Sheryl-Evans Price, Algoma, Northern (E)
George Saarinen, Lakehead, Northern (W)
Cheryl Lovell, Greater Essex County, Western
Arlene Morell, Thames Valley, Western
Howard Archibald, Ontario Northeast, First Nations

Executive Council Liaison 

Cathy Abraham, Kawartha Pine Ridge                                   

Alternates

Nancy Elgie, York Region, Central East
Linda Busuttil, Upper Grand, Central West
Tom Mahoney, Limestone, Eastern
Jennifer Sarlo, Algoma, Northern (E)
David Kircher, Rainy River, Northern (W)
Colleen Schenk, Avon Maitland, Western
Michael Brant, Hastings & Prince Edward, First Nations