Notice is hereby given that an election will be held from Monday, March 5, 2018, to Monday, April 9, 2018, to elect 23 representatives to the College Council, in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 293/00 under the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
The election for the eighth Council of the Ontario College of Teachers has begun.
We’ve prepared information in the next few pages — and the next two issues of Professionally Speaking — to help you:
For the first time, you can nominate someone electronically by completing the process online. You will also be able to vote electronically beginning on Monday, March 5, 2018 — provided you are a member in good standing as of Wednesday, February 28, 2018. A ballot in the Members’ Area of the College’s website will list all the positions for which you can vote.
The list of qualified candidates will be posted on the College’s website on January 10, 2018, along with a voter forum and candidate blogs. The March 2018 issue of Professionally Speaking will include voting information and detailed biographical information for each candidate. Candidate and voting information will also be available on the website for reference. Where possible, we will also place ads in stakeholder publications.
An external auditor will oversee the process.
If you have a question about eligibility requirements, the nomination process or simply need more information, please call our election information line at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 558.
— Michael Salvatori, OCT
Chief Executive Officer and Registrar
The College is accepting nominations for 23 elected Council positions. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 1, 2017.
To serve on Council, you are required to:
To be nominated, you must meet all these requirements, except the one requiring you to resign a post in the organizations listed under “Exclusions.”
As part of your nomination, you must complete an attestation agreeing to meet all the requirements.
Nominations can be completed online for the first time. Go to oct-oeeo.ca/nominations. Assistance is available by calling the election information line at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 558 or via email at email@example.com.
Are you employed by or serve in an elected or appointed capacity with any of the 13 provincial organizations listed below? If so, you can run for Council but must resign your post and find employment suited to your nomination category before you can be elected.
Interested in running for Council elections? Watch this short video at oct-oeeo.ca/councilelection2018 to find out about how you can serve your profession, the nomination process and other important information.
Twenty-three College members will be elected to the eighth Council in 2018, in accordance with the following schedule:
August 2017: Notice of election and call for nominations published in the September edition of Professionally Speaking and posted on the College’s website.
September 1, 2017: Nomination period opens Friday, September 1, 2017. Online nomination process available on the College website.
December 1, 2017: Nomination period ends at 5 p.m. EST. Candidates must submit biographical information and completed nominations.
January 10, 2018: List of confirmed candidates posted on College’s website; candidate blogs and voter forum available.
February 16, 2018: Candidate biographies and voting information published in the March edition of Professionally Speaking and posted on the College’s website.
February 28, 2018: Members must be in good standing as of 5 p.m. EST to vote.
March 5, 2018: Eligible voters can cast their ballots on the College app and in the Members’ Area of the College website.
April 9, 2018: Election day. Voting ends at 11:50 p.m. EDT.
April 10, 2018: Ballots tabulated, candidates notified.
April 11, 2018: Election results posted on the College’s website and in the June issue of Professionally Speaking.
College members elect 23 of the 37 members of Council, the governing body of the Ontario College of Teachers.
Members are elected from Ontario’s English, French, Catholic, and public elementary and secondary school systems, and serve three-year terms.
Principals and vice-principals, supervisory officers, private schools and faculties of education elect Council members to four of the 23 positions.
The provincial government appoints the remaining 14 members of Council from parents, various professions and the general public.
The College’s objects, as set out in the Ontario College of Teachers Act, are to:
In carrying out its objects, the College has a duty to serve and protect the public interest.
Council ensures that policies are established in accordance with the College’s objects as set out in the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
Council provides oversight and direction to the Registrar, the College’s chief executive officer.
During their three-year term, Council members protect the public interest, serve their profession, grow as leaders and develop skills in board governance.
The Chair of Council is a full-time position and is responsible for representing Council publicly as well as presiding over Council and Executive Committee meetings. There are at least four Council meetings each year. Each Council member attends Council meetings and, in addition, serves on at least two committees, each of which meets three or four times a year. All committees of Council are composed of elected and appointed members. Some committees — such as Accreditation or Discipline — require additional time to serve on panels. Most committee chairs also serve on the Executive Committee, which meets about five times a year.
On average, Council members dedicate 25 to 60 days a year to Council business, depending on their committee assignments. Meetings are held in Toronto.
The College provides thorough education sessions to orient new Council members to the College and its activities, current issues, policies and procedures before they assume their Council and committee responsibilities.
The College reimburses an elected member’s employer for the member’s absence while attending Council and committee meetings during regular workdays. If summer meetings are required, the member is compensated directly at a rate of $150 per day. Travel, accommodation and meal expenses are reimbursed.
What is the time commitment for Council members?
Council members attend a minimum of four Council meetings a year. Members also serve on at least two of Council’s statutory, standing or special committees. Some committees require additional panel work from its members. Bilingual Council members may be asked to serve on additional committees or panels because of their French- language fluency. Chairs of Council committees usually have additional responsibilities. Council members require 25 to 60 days of leave per school year on average. On occasion, work may take place on weekends and during the summer.
How long is the term of office?
The term of office for Council is three years.
When would I assume responsibilities as a Council member?
If elected in April 2018, you will take office on July 1, 2018. You will be expected to attend a two-day orientation session from May 24–25, 2018. The inaugural meeting of the eighth Council will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Your term of office will continue until June 30, 2021.
Each of the 23 elected positions represents a separate electoral category to ensure a balance of geographic, elementary, secondary and system perspectives. Each position also has its own nomination criteria.
To serve on Council, you must be in good standing with the College, reside in Ontario and — if you’re seeking a regional or system seat — hold a regular teaching assignment in an elementary or secondary school.
All regional and system positions are open to full-time staff. Six of the regional positions are open to regular part-time or occasional teachers. Part-time and occasional teachers are eligible to serve if they teach for at least 10 days during each year of their term of office. A partial day of teaching is considered a full day for these purposes. If you are elected to a part-time position, you will need to remain employed and provide evidence of 10 teaching days each year to stay in office. If you are a guidance counsellor, librarian, mentor or consultant directed to supervise or co-ordinate subjects or programs, you are considered to be providing instructional services and are eligible to run for regional and system positions.
To be eligible to run for one of the category positions (principal/ vice-principal, supervisory officer, faculty of education and private school), you are required to be qualified for and employed in that position. You are not eligible to serve on Council if you are employed by or are an elected or appointed official of any of the 13 organizations at the provincial level or serve as a president of one of these organizations at the local level (see “Exclusions” on page 52). If you do occupy one of these positions, you may run for election but must resign your position and obtain the necessary employment before you can take your place on Council.
If you are a former employee of the Ontario College of Teachers, you are eligible to run for a position if at least 12 months have elapsed between when you last worked at the College and the start of the Council term on July 1, 2018. A College member who previously served on Council is eligible to run if at least three years has elapsed since they last served on Council.
You must be eligible to serve the entire three-year term of Council. Those who sign your nomination papers — your nominators — must meet the same eligibility requirements for the position.
You cannot stand for election for more than one position.
If you are unsure about eligibility, please call the information line at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 558.
You can run for one of these 12 regional positions provided:
➔ you are a College member employed full time (FT) or part time (PT) as a classroom teacher by a district school board, school authority, private school or the Provincial Schools Authority;
➔ you live in one of the municipalities or areas specified for each region.
The Southeast Region includes: Ottawa, Prescott, Russell, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Hastings, Lennox, Addington, Lanark, Renfrew, Leeds, Grenville, Frontenac and Prince Edward.
The Southcentral Region includes: Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Clarington, Simcoe, Haliburton, Muskoka, Dufferin, Wellington, Peel (including Mississauga), Halton, Waterloo, Niagara and Hamilton.
The Southwest Region includes: Brant, Essex, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey, Oxford, Haldimand, Norfolk and Chatham-Kent.
The Central Region includes: Toronto, York and Durham (excluding Clarington, which is in the Southcentral Region).
The Northwest Region includes: Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Rainy River and Thunder Bay.
The Northeast Region includes: Sudbury, Manitoulin, Timiskaming, Nipissing and Parry Sound.
If you are a College member who is not employed as a vice-principal, principal or supervisory officer, by a private school or by a faculty of education as a tenured or tenure-track faculty member, you are eligible to run for the provincewide position related to the system (reflecting English public, English Roman Catholic, French public and French Roman Catholic school systems) in which you are employed full time. You must be part of your employer’s regular teaching staff.
You may run for this position if you are employed full time as a qualified elementary classroom teacher by an English-language public district school board, the Provincial Schools Authority or a school authority, other than a Roman Catholic school authority or a board of a secondary school district. You may not be employed in a French-language instructional unit.* You are also required to hold the qualifications required to teach a course or class in the Primary or Junior division or in the first two years of the Intermediate division.
You may run for this position if you are employed full time as a qualified secondary classroom teacher by an English-language public district school board, public school authority or the Provincial Schools Authority. You may not be employed in a French-language instructional unit.* You are also required to hold the qualifications required to teach a course or class in the last two years of the Intermediate division or in the Senior division.
You may run for this position if you are employed full time as a qualified elementary classroom teacher by an English-language Roman Catholic district school board, or a Roman Catholic school authority and are not employed in a French-language instructional unit.* You are also required to hold the qualifications required to teach a course or class in the Primary or Junior division or in the first two years of the Intermediate division.
You may run for this position if you are employed full time as a qualified secondary classroom teacher by an English-language Roman Catholic district school board. You are also required to hold the qualifications required to teach a course or class in the last two years of the Intermediate division or in the Senior division.
You may run for this position if you are employed full time as a qualified elementary classroom teacher by a French-language Roman Catholic district school board or school authority and work in a French-language instructional unit.* You are also required to hold the qualifications required to teach a course or class in the Primary or Junior division or in the first two years of the Intermediate division.
You may run for this position if you are employed full time as a qualified secondary classroom teacher by a French-language Roman Catholic district school board. You are also required to hold the qualifications required to teach a course or class in the last two years of the Intermediate division or in the Senior division.
You may run for this position if you are employed full time as a qualified elementary or secondary classroom teacher by a French-language public district school board or the Provincial Schools Authority at Centre Jules-Léger or a public school authority that operates a French-language instructional unit.* You are also required to hold the qualifications required to teach a course or class in the Primary, Junior, Intermediate or Senior division.
*French-language instructional units do not include immersion programs. If you are not certain about whether you are part of a French-language instructional unit, contact the election information line.
If you are a College member who is qualified and employed in any of the following categories, you are eligible to run for the provincewide position related to your area of qualification and employment.
You may run for this position if you are qualified and employed as a principal or vice-principal and are not employed at a private school.
You may run for this position if you are employed by a postsecondary institution at a school or faculty of education offering programs accredited by the College and are in a tenured or tenure-track position.
You may run for this position if you are employed by a private school that has submitted to the Ministry of Education a current notice of intention to operate a private school. (Private school classroom teachers who are members of the College may also run for regional positions.)
You may run for this position if you are qualified and employed as a supervisory officer.
If you’re considering whether to run as a candidate in the 2018 Council election, tour the College to see what we do.
You can book a visit to view the Council chambers, call centre, hearing rooms, the Margaret Wilson Library and the departments that support Council’s work.
Please call 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a spot.Tours are scheduled to take place:
➔ French: November 14, 2017, 4–5 p.m. EST
➔ English: November 16, 2017, 4–5 p.m. EST
Book your tour before Friday, November 10, 2017. Potential candidates assume their own travel and accommodation costs.
Even though you only need 10 qualified nominators, it’s best to sign up a few more.
Each person who nominates you must also be a current member of the College and eligible to seek election in your category.
By adding a couple of extra qualified nominators, you’ll be covered in the event that one or more is judged ineligible.
Ensure that your nominators are in good standing by checking our public register at oct.ca under Find a Teacher.
Watch for the March 2018 issue of Professionally Speaking for a complete and alphabetized list of all candidates by position.
Candidate information will also be posted to the College’s website by February 16, 2018, and will include:
You will also be able to learn more about those running for election in the categories relevant to you via the College’s website, candidate blogs and an online voter forum.
The list of confirmed candidates will appear on oct.ca on January 10, 2018, along with candidate blogs and the online forum.
Nomination procedures have been developed in accordance with Regulation 293/00.
The procedures are available to College members on the College’s website.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 558
The colleagues you nominate in the 2018 Council election — 23 positions are now open — will be responsible for helping to shape the future of Ontario education in the public interest.
The College is accepting nominations until December 1, 2017.
Nominees are people just like you. They share the same professional dedication and commitment to providing quality learning experiences for students. And, like you, they care about professionalism in teaching.
If you haven’t considered running for Council before, think about it now. You can:
As a member of Council, you — or a colleague you nominate and help to elect — might serve on the Accreditation Committee. You could directly influence the classroom readiness of new teachers who will work alongside you for years to come via decisions that affect the preparation they receive in pre-service programs.
Or you might serve on an Investigation, Discipline or Fitness to Practise committee and be a key figure in how the College responds to complaints about individual members.
The Investigation Committee determines how the College responds to the 150-plus complaints it receives annually. Discipline Committee or Fitness to Practise Committee panels hear allegations about 80 to 100 members per year and determine if they will be allowed to continue in the profession.
Council members serving on the Standards of Practice and Education Committee are responsible for ensuring that ethical and practice standards influence the quality of teaching in Ontario.
When Professionally Speaking drops into your mailbox, you are receiving an award-winning magazine whose overall editorial policy and content have been reviewed and approved by the Editorial Board, which comprises Council members. The board reviews all material gathered for each issue and determines what is published.
As a Council member you will play an active role in reviewing the content of Additional Qualification courses and a vast range of issues concerning teachers’ qualifications. You will also participate in decisions on issues such as the transparency of the College’s processes.
You can expect to discuss the role the College has in advancing the teaching profession. Each year, you will also, either as a member of the Finance Committee or as a member of Council, decide on the annual budget and the membership fee that funds the College’s work.
These are important topics for every College member. You already debate many of these issues regularly with your colleagues. At least one might give you pause to consider actively participating.
It’s your College. Run, nominate, vote. You owe it to yourself as a professional, to your colleagues and to the teaching profession to play your part.
When you stand for Council election, your nomination package must include a signed statement indicating that you are eligible for the position and that the information in your submission is accurate.
You must attest that you are prepared to take the oath of office and to disclose whether you are employed by or an elected or appointed official of one of 13 excluded organizations (see page 52). If you are, you must affirm that you are prepared to resign from any such position held at the local or provincial level and obtain the necessary employment required by the position you are seeking before taking office as a member of Council.
CHECK IT OUT
Every election a candidate submits a nomination in which one or more of their nominators are ineligible.
Your nominators must be able to run for the position you are seeking.
To be safe, why not ask more than 10 colleagues — the minimum requirement — to sign and support your nomination.
If you’re seeking nomination for one of the 23 available positions on Council, be mindful of the requirements.
Learn more about the nomination process and eligibility requirements in the Question and Answer section on page 61.
You can also call the College’s election information line at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 558 or send an email to email@example.com.
The regulation governing the election process has changed. Recent amendments will make voting easier. Some rules for nomination have also changed.
Voting will be easier in the 2018 Council election because OCTs will:
Rules for nomination have also been amended:
Before they can take their seat on Council, elected members and provincial appointees must take an oath or affirmation. Failure to do so renders them ineligible to serve.
The College makes a Commissioner of Oaths available to swear in new Council members.
The oath/affirmation is:
I will faithfully and impartially, to the best of my knowledge and skill, perform the duties of a member of the Council of the College and any committees of the Council on which I sit.
In so doing, I will ensure that the guiding principle in the performance of my duties is the duty to serve and protect the public interest, which is my duty as a Council member and a duty of the College.
I will perform the duties of my position without favour or ill will to any person or entity.
I will ensure that other memberships, directorships, voluntary or paid positions or affiliations that I may hold will not interfere or conflict with the performance of my duties as a Council member.
So help me God.
(The last line is omitted in an affirmation.)
Looking to run in the 2018 Council election? Have someone else in mind to nominate? Wondering whom you can vote for?
We’ve compiled the following series of frequently asked questions and answers to address some of your most common queries.
If you’re thinking about running or nominating someone to stand for office, it’s best to begin early. It can take a little time to obtain the right nominators to properly complete and submit your nomination. The good news is that, for the first time, you can apply online, at your own pace. Complete your nomination at oct-oeeo.ca/nominations.
We’ll also send election updates to all Your College and You subscribers. If you haven’t already, please sign up in the Members’ Area on oct-oeeo.ca to get on the list.
I have a busy lifestyle. Why should I consider standing for Council election?
College Council sets the policies and priorities that regulate your profession. Council members are people like you, teachers, school and board administrators, and parents from across Ontario, who share your commitment to students’ well-being and make decisions on matters of importance to the profession.
How do I know if I am eligible to stand for election to the College Council?
You are eligible to run if you are a College member in good standing, reside in Ontario and meet the specific eligibility requirements for a position.
Candidates for the regional and system positions (reflecting English public, English Roman Catholic, French public and French Roman Catholic school systems) must be employed by their board as regular teaching staff on a full-time (most positions) or part-time basis (some positions). Elected Council members may not hold or be seconded to any other position.
Can I run for more than one position?
No. You can stand for nomination in one category only.
How many positions are available and what are the eligibility requirements?
There are 23 positions. Four are designated for supervisory officers, principals/vice-principals, faculties of education and private schools. Six regional and seven system positions are open to fulltime regular teaching staff. Six regional positions are open to full-time as well as part-time regular teaching staff.
Are there exceptions to the eligibility requirements?
Candidates who are employed by or hold an elected or appointed position in one of 13 specified federation, professional or government organizations at the local or provincial level (see page 52) must sign an attestation that they will resign from that position if elected to Council.
A College member who previously served on Council is eligible to run if at least three years have elapsed since they last served on Council.
A current Council member is eligible to run if they will be eligible to serve the entire term of the next Council without exceeding the maximum consecutive service allowed under the College’s Act.
Are employees of the College eligible to run for office?
No. In addition, a former employee of the College is only eligible if at least 12 months have elapsed between when they last worked at the College and the start of the Council term.
Can I be a candidate if I am a College member in good standing and I am retired or teach occasionally?
If you taught 10 days in the 12 months preceding December 1, 2017, you can seek nomination for one of the six regional positions open to part-time teachers.
If you are elected to that position, you must continue to teach at least 10 days in each year of the Council term.
Some positions are open only to full-time classroom teachers. How are full time and part time defined?
A full-time teacher is one who is employed as part of any employer’s regular teaching staff and who is assigned in a regular timetable to provide instruction to elementary or secondary school students on a full-time basis.
A College member who would otherwise be a full-time classroom teacher but who is on parental, sick, family or compassionate leave is considered a full-time teacher.
A part-time teacher is one who is employed as a part of any employer’s regular teaching staff and assigned in a regular timetable to instruct elementary or secondary school students on less than a full-time basis or to teach on an occasional basis.
A College member who would otherwise be a part-time classroom teacher but who is on parental, sick, family or compassionate leave is considered a part-time teacher.
Part-time teachers must teach 10 days per year minimum during their Council term.
Can I run for election if I am on a negotiated leave?
No. Only those on parental, sick, family or compassionate leave are eligible to run. No other leaves, such as four-over-fives or educational leaves, qualify.
Are teacher-librarians, guidance counsellors, consultants and other College members who are employed full or part time eligible to stand for election?
Yes. They are considered classroom teachers and are eligible to run for positions open to those who are full-time or part-time classroom teachers.
How do I get nominated?
Submit a completed nomination package to the Registrar by 5 p.m. EST on December 1, 2017. Complete and submit the package online at oct-oeeo.ca/nominations
You will need the signatures of 10 College members who, at the time of signing, are eligible to run for the position you are seeking and who have not signed the nomination form of anyone else for the same position.
When will I know whether I have been confirmed as a candidate?
The Registrar will respond to your nomination in writing within 10 business days.
As an official nominee, can I circulate campaign information through the College?
Candidates are required to submit biographical information that will appear in the March 2018 issue of Professionally Speaking and on the College’s website. All candidate information will be available in English and French. The College will translate the material.
Candidates are required to supply information about their teaching experience, current teaching assignment, federation experience and involvement (if any), other education-related activities or memberships, participation in professional development and personal professional interests, plus a statement describing their understanding of the duty to serve and protect the public interest.
Candidates will also be able to communicate with the electorate using their own blog accessible via the College website, and will have the chance to take part in an online forum where members can post questions and comments.
Are elected Council members paid?
If you are an elected Council member and you are on a leave of absence to attend a Council or committee meeting, the College will reimburse your employer for salary expenses incurred in the hiring of a temporary replacement. If you are required to attend a meeting during a vacation period, you will receive an honorarium of $150 per day of service or $75 for meetings and preparation time that are less than three hours. The College also reimburses members for expenses incurred during College-related business.
How can I get more information as a potential candidate?
If you are thinking about seeking a Council position, please visit the College’s website at oct.ca for the latest election news, or call the College at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If I’ve served on Council for two consecutive terms, can I run again in 2018?
No. One full term of Council (three years) must elapse before you can run again.
I work for a Provincial Schools Authority. Am I eligible to run for election?
Yes. Recent changes in election legislation recognize all Provincial Schools Authorities as eligible employers.
There are too many positions to vote for and candidates I don’t know. How can I be an informed voter?
The College is using every available platform — including its website, Professionally Speaking, e-newsletters, videos, webinars and social media — to provide election information. You can also call our information line or access oct-oeeo.ca/councilelection2018.
If I am a candidate in the next election, who is going to vote for me?
New for the 2018 election, the ballot is now streamlined through a change in legislation. Only voters who live in your region and work in your school system (or additional category) position will be voting for you. Voters will no longer be asked to vote for candidates in systems where they don’t work.
I am employed as a part-time vice-principal. Am I eligible for the principal/vice-principal position?
You are eligible to run for the position if you hold the required qualifications (PQP Part 1 and Part 2) and are part of your employer’s regular teaching staff and assigned on a full-time or less than full-time basis to work as a vice-principal or principal.
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The College exists to regulate Ontario’s teaching profession so that the public can be confident that practitioners put students’ well-being and academic success first.
Elected and publicly appointed Council members — teachers, administrators, parents and others — make decisions as a Council based on the public’s shared interest in supporting and strengthening the profession.
To describe their understanding of that duty, candidates must include a statement in their nomination packages that describes what they believe it means to serve and protect the public interest. Candidates must also disclose whether they hold any elected or appointed position in one of 13 excluded organizations (see page 52) and to attest that they will resign from that position if they are elected.
Council members put their service to the public above all other interests. Accordingly, each member of Council is required to take an oath of office or affirmation (see page 61) and promise in writing not to take direction from any other organization. Those elected will also be required to report, in writing to the Registrar, all funding related to the election process, including amounts and sources.
In addition to their personal commitments, a Public Interest Committee made up of non-College members appointed by the government advises Council on matters relating to the College and Council’s duty to serve the public interest.
You can vote electronically to elect members to the eighth Council — provided you are a member in good standing with the College as of 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
The election will be conducted entirely online via the Members’ Area of the College website at oct.ca. You can vote there or via the College’s smartphone election app.
It’s simple: Log in to your Members’ Area account from the main page of the College website and follow the instructions. If you have not opened an account, you can do so now. Just visit oct.ca and click on the Members tab at the top of the page.
Election ballots will be available in the Members’ Area from 9 a.m. EST on March 5, 2018, until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 9, 2018, after which the voting function will be removed. You will have access to a ballot that includes all of the positions for which you are eligible to vote.
Ballots will be tabulated and verified on April 10, 2018, and the results will be posted to the College website on April 11, 2018.
New for this election, you can submit your nomination electronically through a simple online process.
Nominations are due before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, December 1, 2017. You can start the process as early as September 1, 2017, by going to oct.ca/nominations and creating an account.
That account will allow you to prepare and compile the information you need for your application — at your own pace and when your schedule allows. Simply follow the instructions for each step.
You can edit your biography, upload your photo, start collecting information about your minimum of 10 nominators, decide how you want to share your understanding with voters about the duty to serve and protect the public interest.
Once all the pieces are complete, press “Submit” and your nomination package will be sent to the College. You will receive an automatic response confirming it has been received, and you will hear within 10 business days whether you are a confirmed candidate.
Help is always available through the information line at 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 558 or via email at email@example.com.
Interested in running for Council but want to know more? Not sure what’s involved in becoming a candidate? Want to know more about what a Council member does?
Come and meet with us. We’re in your area!
Throughout the fall, the College is hosting late afternoon information sessions around Ontario. The Chair of Council will share insights about what it’s like to serve on Council. College staff can answer questions about how to become a candidate. Come and learn more about serving your profession.
VISIT oct-oeeo.ca/councilelection2018 FOR MORE DETAILS.
Look for us in: ➔ Toronto October 5, 2017 ➔ North Bay October 24, 2017 ➔ Thunder Bay October 26, 2017 ➔ Peterborough October 30, 2017 ➔ Windsor November 1, 2017 ➔ Ottawa November 2, 2017
Wes Vickers, OCT, has a unique perspective on professional regulation. Not only is the Grade 8 teacher an elected Council member for the Ontario College of Teachers, he’s also an appointed member of the Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
As Vickers notes, anyone making use of a professional wants their own best interests served. Just as a teacher filling a prescription likes to know that Ontario’s pharmacists are regulated, pharmacists are comforted that their children’s teachers are similarly governed.
“Professional standards need to be regulated,” he says, “so that the public feels safe.”
Vickers, who teaches with the Greater Essex County District School Board, has served with two regulators and was elected to a second term with the Ontario College of Teachers. He has served on three College committees: Fitness to Practise, Discipline (vice-chair) and Human Resources (chair).
As a Council member, he had to adjust to the travel and hotel living involved, as well as to voluminous reading and debating in a public forum. “It was daunting,” he says.
Yet the challenges have been far outweighed by the rewards. For instance, Vickers has served on well over 100 Discipline and Fitness to Practise panels, and feels proud of his role in protecting the public.
He takes seriously his fiduciary and regulatory duties, and sees them tied as well to the public interest. “It’s my responsibility to make sure we’re fiscally responsible so we can maintain our viability,” he says. Ensuring that the College fulfils its mandate (and stays within it) also supports public confidence in self-regulation.
“In an ideal world everyone would serve two terms,” Vickers adds. “The College’s training is phenomenal but it takes time to get your feet wet and fully understand your role as a Council member.”
Vickers has had more time to grow into the position and make an impact. When his term ends he will sit out the required three years but can already foresee a return run.
As an elementary school principal in Thunder Bay, Vicki Shannon, OCT, engages with many constituencies. She deals with staff, parents, board colleagues, community partners and, of course, the students. All have their own interests, but Shannon knows that her decisions must ultimately serve the children who attend her school daily.
She has the same mindset as a member of the College’s Council. “For me the public interest boils down to the kids.”
The discussions she has can involve anything from complaints to budgeting. In all cases, Shannon asks herself how the result will make children safer or healthier, or help the people teaching them to be as effective as possible. “That’s my barometer,” she says.
Shannon was a French Immersion, English and elementary curriculum resource teacher before becoming a vice-principal and principal with the Lakehead District School Board. She has been active in education outside her school, whether as a sessional lecturer at Lakehead University, an executive with the Ontario Principals’ Council or a representative to the International Confederation of Principals.
Initially, she was attracted to Council by the chance to bring the school leader point of view. Working in a governance model of elected and appointed members has been rewarding. As a principal, she can articulate what happens in the profession to help inform decisions. At the same time, she learns from Council members who come from outside the education system.
“Hearing those perspectives makes you measure your own,” she says.
Shannon has served on three College committees: Discipline, Fitness to Practise and Finance. “It has provided me with in-depth knowledge in many areas. This has been some of the best professional development I’ve ever had.”
The experience has solidified her personal mission. “The work we do in the College revolves around ensuring that educators are able to do the best job they can.”