SEPTEMBER 20 02 Margaret Dempsey Honoured with Capital Educators’ Award

College Council member Margaret Dempsey was among the winners of the inaugural Capital Educators’ Awards as Ottawa paid tribute to 15 of its top educators.

The awards recognize Ottawa educators who have made a difference in the lives of their students by acting as role models, instilling confidence and nurturing leadership. Dempsey is principal of Staff Development at the Ottawa- Carleton District School Board. The winners were honoured at the first annual Edu Gala at Algonquin College on May 4.

Students, colleagues, friends and family nominated more than 300 educators for the awards. A panel of education and business leaders chose the 15 award winners from 62 finalists. The awards are co-ordinated by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI).

“The women and men who work in our public educational institutions—whether they’re teaching kindergarten or PhD candidates—play a critical role in helping students use their imagination and exercise their creative genius,” says OCRI president Jeffrey Dale. “These awards are our way of saying thank you for the wonderful job they’re doing.”

Other winners were: Dominic Bergeron, Norm Bruce, Matt Dawber, John Dorner, Francine Dumais, Bruce M. Firestone, Alan Gillmor, Joan Harvey, Laura Justinich, Karen Kyle, Trish Morgan, Diane Pacom, Jo-Anne Richer and Wendy Santo.

Ontario Teachers Recognized by A&E

Ontario teachers won three of the four grand prizes in the A&E Canadian Teacher Grant program for developing extraordinary curriculum plans that use A&E Cable in the Classroom programming.

Paul DeWitte of Kitchener, Marc Hodgkinson of London, and Carol White of Kingston, were grand prizewinners. Tami Jerome of Courtenay, B.C. was the fourth winner. Each teacher received a $1,000 grant while a colour television, VCR and A&E video library was donated to the school of each prizewinner.

Along with the grand prizewinners, George Cizma, of Oakville, Faye Posmituk, of Stittsville, Peter Bjornson of Gimli, Man., and Bob Nicholson of Montague, P.E.I. won first prize $500 Teacher Grant awards.

An independent panel of education experts judged the submissions from primary and secondary school teachers across Canada.

A&E Television Networks, through the A&E Canadian Teacher Grant, rewards teachers with grants to advance their own goals and awards their schools with video equipment to further develop the use of cable television in the classroom.

Laurent Joncas Appointed AEFO’s New Executive Director

A veteran educator who has played a key role in establishing the College’s Investigations and Hearings department has returned to Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) as executive director.

Laurent Joncas brought 28 years of teaching experience to the College in 1997 when he became senior intake officer of the Complaints Unit. In 2000, he was appointed senior investigator. in the Investigations Unit, where he supervised the College investigators and co-ordinated case management activities. In 2001, he was appointed senior resolutions officer and was responsible for the establishment and implementation of the College’s now-thriving dispute resolution program.

Originally from Timmins, Joncas taught at the secondary level and was an active AEFO member at the local and provincial levels for many years before becoming its provincial president in 1991. He is also a former vice-president of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and education officer with the Ministry of Education.

“This new appointment is in recognition of the accomplishments and leadership that Laurent Joncas has brought to the profession through his work with the College, the ministry and school boards as well as in his teacher association roles over the years,” said College Registrar Joe Atkinson. “He leaves us a legacy of outstanding contributions to many key College functions involved in the self-regulation of the profession. We will miss his leadership and wish him the best of luck in his new responsibilities.”

New Historic Sites Study Guide

Parks Canada has developed a new study guide for teachers on Canada’s historic sites for the Grade 5 to 10 curriculums.

The 62-page guide, entitled Our Roots, Our Future: Experiencing Canada’s National Historic Sites in the Classroom, includes 10 student-focused activities, learning expectations, insightful tips for teachers, a comprehensive list of Internet resources, suggested assessment strategies and a video.

Parks Canada is making this guide available free, in English or French, to teachers who sign up on the Parks Canada web site during 2002. It will also be available on the web site later in the year.

The learning material is aimed at students aged 11 to 16. It includes suggestions for exploring local and national history, using primary and secondary sources, connections to provincial and territorial curriculum, performance-based assessment and evaluation strategies, and information on where to find dozens of related resources.

To obtain your free copy of the guide as soon as it is available, visit the Parks Canada web site at and click on the Teacher’s Guide link. For more information, you can call Myrna Andrew at 819-997-5961 or send an e-mail to

Toronto Career Fair Coming in October

The Toronto Education Training Career Fair will be held October 4 to 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It will provide visitors of all ages with an in-depth look at education, training, and career resources and options. The theme is Explore, Connect, Succeed.

Students will be able to experience first hand the day-to-day activities in a variety of careers and professions.

The Toronto fair is timely because of today’s sophisticated job market, the growing shortage of skilled tradespeople and the double cohort issue facing Ontario high school students. Admission is free for high school students.

Exhibits, interactive displays, demonstrations and theme pavilions will be featured. Further information is available at

Distance Learning in Teacher Education

Planners in ministries and faculties of education are called upon to make hard choices about when and how distance education can be used to expand and upgrade the skills of teachers.

The answers to these questions can be found in Teacher Education Guidelines: Using Open and Distance Learning, just published by UNESCO. The handbook describes how to plan for distance learning, how to choose the appropriate technologies, how to fund them, how to teach classroom skills and how to assess them.

Distance education is particularly important in developing countries that need to train large numbers of teachers.

The document is available free from UNESCO Documentation and Information Service, Education Sector. E-mail: It is also available in PDF format on the UNESCO Education web site: Teacher Education Guidelines: Using Open and Distance Learning 001253/125396e.pdf.

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