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Governing Ourselves



Reports: Annual Report | Council Meeting | Appointments | Change in Evaluation | Investigations | Dispute Resolution | Hearings


Council names new Deputy Registrar

(Award Certificate)Lise Roy-Kolbusz has assumed the post of Deputy Registrar of the College. Council announced her appointment on March 2nd, effective immediately.

Roy-Kolbusz joined the College in September 2005 as Co-ordinator, French-Language Services and has been acting Deputy Registrar since October 2006.

“Lise has brought energy and ideas to the College's mission to enhance services for our French-language members,” said Chair of Council Don Cattani, “and has served the francophone community and the College well in what she has accomplished. At the same time, she took on the management of finance and budget development and external relations, both key portfolios in carrying out the College's mandate.

“We are confident that Lise will continue to make a strong contribution to the administration of the College and look forward to working with her,” said Cattani.

Registrar Brian McGowan expressed pleasure at the announcement. “Lise brings a fresh perspective to College discussions and I look forward to sharing with her some of the responsibilities of leadership.”

The Deputy Registrar acts as Registrar when he is absent and shares in leadership, outreach and administrative duties.

“Taking on the responsibilities I have in the past couple of years has given me enormous satisfaction,” says Roy-Kolbusz. “I am enjoying myself very much while serving both my profession and my community. I am very pleased to be taking on these new duties and look forward to the challenges they will bring.”

Lise Roy-Kolbusz has 30 years experience as a teacher and administrator at the primary and secondary levels where she taught French as a Second Language.

She came to the College from the Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du Centre-Est, where she was Superintendent of Education. From 1985 to 2001, she taught French as a Second Language at both the elementary and secondary levels and served as a vice-principal and principal with the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic DSB.

Roy-Kolbusz holds a Master of Education degree from the Université d'Ottawa and a Program of Professional Education degree from Sudbury's Université Laurentienne.

Aubé to lead TQR project

(Award Certificate)Margaret Aubé has been appointed to lead College implementation of the recommendations and policy directions produced by the two-year teachers' qualifications review.

“I'm really pleased to be able to see this project through to its conclusion,” said Aubé. “So many good ideas came out in our consultations with educators during the review. I look forward to being able to continue our conversations and to playing a role in implementing necessary changes.”

Aubé was a member of the College working group that organized and led the review. She gave up her responsibilities as Co-ordinator, Professional Affairs Department on May 22 to devote herself full time to being Teachers' Qualifications Regulation Project Leader.

“Margaret's new assignment underlines how important the 66 recommendations contained in Preparing Teachers for Tomorrow: The Final Report 2006 will be to the College over the next two years,” said Registrar Brian McGowan. “Putting the profession's stamp on revised requirements for certification will demonstrate that, after 10 years, self-governance is well established in teaching.”

Jamieson moves to Professional Affairs

(Award Certificate)The College has named Joe Jamieson the new Professional Affairs Co-ordinator.

“I'm delighted to be returning to the Professional Affairs Department and becoming engaged in teacher education and standards again,” said Jamieson.

“I am confident that Joe's program development, management and stakeholder relations experience will enable him to continue his excellent record of leadership for the College and the profession in his new responsibilities,” said Registrar Brian McGowan.

Jamieson joined the College in 2001 in an administration capacity in the department that he will now head.

He was appointed to a managerial position in the Investigations and Hearings Department in 2004 and served as Acting Investigations and Hearings Co-ordinator for six months in 2005–06.

Jamieson came to the College with fifteen years of experience in classrooms and as a curriculum consultant for the Halton Catholic DSB.


Government appoints three to Council

The provincial government has appointed Oakville's Susan Robertson, Maple's Ijaz Rauf and Sudbury's Cyril Ménard to fill Council vacancies for public representatives. Their term is three years, ending in March 2010.

(Award Certificate)Longtime parent-leader and public education advocate Susan Robertson has been a member of the Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations (OFHSA) since 1987, serving on its board since 1995 and as its president from 2003–05. She represented OFHSA on the Ontario Parent Council from 2003–05 and was a member of the Canadian Home and School Federation's board between 2002 and 2005. From 1973–80, Robertson taught high school English with the Hamilton School Board and she worked as a supply teacher with the Halton School Board in 1990–91.


(Award Certificate)Ijaz Rauf, president of Eminent-Tech Corporation, is a consultant, educator, program manager and innovator. He earned a PhD in physics from Cambridge University and has expertise in the application of nano-technology, thin films and nano-materials in drug discovery, medical diagnostics and solar cells. He has taught physics and materials science for several years at various top universities in North America, including Queen's University, the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, and is the author of 32 publications.


(Award Certificate)Cyril (Cy) Menard has been a financial advisor with FundEX Investments for several years. In the 1970s he was elected to the Sudbury Roman Catholic Separate School Board and served as a trustee for six years. He was then appointed as a trustee to the Sudbury Board of Education for two more years. Menard, as well as being active in his community, was a chair of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees for the Sudbury district for six years.



Council fills vacant Northeast Ontario position

(Award Certificate)Council has appointed Cynthia Farrar, a teacher of business studies at Confederation Secondary School with Sudbury's Rainbow DSB, to fill its vacant Northeast Ontario full-time position.

Farrar has taught at all levels, including university and at a foreign private school. She has been a member of the Ontario Business Educators' Association since 1996 and served as a district councillor from 2002–04. She was treasurer of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation from 1993–98 and again in 2000, and was vice-president of the Sault Ste. Marie Occasional Teachers' Union from 1990–92.

The Council seat became vacant when Roberta McEwen, who was acclaimed to the position in the 2006 Council election, resigned to accept a position as a principal with the Wikwemikong Board of Education.