Council Members

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The College of Early Childhood Educators is governed by a 24-member Council. The Council comprises 14 members elected by members of the College and 10 members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council. The Council develops and approves policies regulating early childhood educators in Ontario. ​​

​​Ele​cted Council ​​Members

​Publicly Appointed Council Members 

Laura Urso RECE​

Lori Huston RECE

Julie Cyr RECE

Gillian Jackson RECE​

Stacey Lepine RECE​: President

Kim White RECE

Tricia Doyle RECE

​Paul Jackson RECE

​Cecile Kim RECE

Cyndy Jefferson RECE​

Kristine Parsons RECE: Vice President

Kim Cole RECE

Karen Kennedy RECE​

​Teresa Sulowski RECE

​Ann Robichaud-Gagné (bilingual)

Sheri Coles

Barney Savage ​

​Karen Damley CA, CPA​

Mary Broga ​​

Pamela Carkner​

 

​Elected Council ​​Members

District 1 – North and North East Region
Laura Urso RECE

Laura holds both a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. She has 32 years’ experience in the early years’ sector. For the last 13 years, Laura has held the position of Children Services Program Coordinator for the City of Greater Sudbury.  Her current responsibilities include quality improvement, EarlyON Centres, partnerships and professional learning. 


Lori Huston RECE

Lori is currently working on her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education at the University of British Columbia. Lori started her career in early childhood education coordinating programs in children's services in Northweste​rn Ontario. She has worked extensively in Aboriginal ECE post-secondary education. She has been responsible for program delivery, evaluation and accreditation and policy and standards development. She has also coordinated and developed training programs for students from remote northern communities. From 2014-2017, Lori was a steering committee member for the Now Play Project, which builds community capacity. 


District 2 – East Region
Julie Cyr RECE

Julie is currently Manager of Early Learning at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. She has worked with children and families in various settings for more than 30 years. She also spent five years as an integration adviser supporting registered early childhood educators (RECEs) and families for the inclusion of children with special needs. Julie has served as a representative at many community tables and associations such as the AECEO, the Regroupement des services à l'enfance, the Comité aviseur, La Cité Collégiale, the Best Start planning tables at the Directors' table and the Table de planification francophone for the City of Ottawa, as well as municipal planning tables in the County of Renfrew, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.


Dist​rict 3 – South East Region​
Gillian Jackson RECE

Gillian holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University and graduated with honours from her Early Childhood Education program. She has brought her energy and experience to the fields of early childhood education and community development for more than 25 years. Gillian currently works with KidsInclusive - Kingston Health Sciences Centre, supporting the implementation of Coordinated Service Planning and the new Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Worker program. She was one of the mentors for RECEs through the College's Leadership Pilot Project from 2013-2014 and she currently sits on the board of directors of the Brockville and Area Community Foundation.​

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District 4 – Central East Region
Stacey Lepine RECE: President

Stacey is the President of the College. She sits on the Executive and Complaints Committees and previously sat on the Nominating, Registration and Standards of Practice Committees. Stacey is the senior manager of the Early Years, Poverty Strategy and Partnership Development and Event Departments at the Durham District School Board in Whitby, ON, and the acting CEO of the new Ignite Durham Learning Foundation. She was previously the General Manager of Child, Youth and Family Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto and has sat on advisory committees for Durham College and Seneca College.

Stacey has been an early childhood educator for over 30 years. She has provided leadership to diverse early years settings including licensed child care centres, Ontario Early Years Centres, full-day kindergarten, supervised access programs and school-based child care environments. Stacey is currently taking executive leadership courses at the Schulich School of Business and she likes to stay up-to-date with new opportunities in the sector.


Kim White RECE

Kim has worked in the early childhood sector for over 35 years.  Kim currently is the Program Manager at the EarlyON Child and Family Centre in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.  Kim continually seeks out opportunities to stay current regarding developments in the early learning sector.  She motivates others to pursue professional development and encourages staff to come together in order to grow and learn as a team and to share their skills and talents within the community.  Throughout her career Kim has supported families in a variety of capacities by actively participating on Boards of Directors and Committees within her community and beyond. 


District 5 – Toronto Region
Tricia Doyle RECE

Tricia is the Assistant Manager at CMAS, an organization funded through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to support child care services for immigrant and refugee families. She has been with the organization since its inception. She has developed a variety of publications to support program implementation such as From Selection to Set-up (a guide to starting a new program), and An Observation Checklist for CIC (a resource that explains the basics of observing a child minding program). Tricia worked in the licensed child care field for over thirty years in multiple child care settings. She uses her expertise and experience with programs across Canada to help build quality programs. Tricia is also the primary author of Caring for Syrian Refugee Children: A Program Guide to Welcoming Young Children and Their Families.


Paul Jackson RECE

Paul is the Child and Family Programs Supervisor for the Massey Centre for Women. He has experience working in a variety of early childhood settings including Children's Newcomer Programs across Canada, provincially-licensed child care programs, and EarlyON Centres. Paul provides child care consultation and delivers dynamic workshops. He seeks out opportunities to stay current in the early learning sector and is passionate about supporting Early Childhood Educators early in their careers.

Cecile Kim RECE

Cecile holds a Master’s degree in Arts from Central Michigan University and a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She teaches Continuing Education at George Brown College and works at the Nelson Mandela Child Care Centre. She has also worked and volunteered overseas with a number of international teams and organizations. Cecile believes that early childhood educators are crucial for our society and child development, and is a strong advocate for professional development. 


District 6 – Central West Region
Cyndy J​efferson RECE

Cyndy is the General Manager of Child Care services at the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, where she oversees 15 licensed Child Care locations and 8 licensed Youth Development programs. Cyndy played a key role in the implementation of the YMCA Playing to Learn & YMCA: A Place to Connect curriculum and continues to support educators in their continuous learning. She is also the former chair of the Child Care Network of Waterloo Region (CCNWR). 


Kristine Parsons RECE: Vice President

Kristine holds both a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a human resource certificate. She started her career as an early childhood educator at Owl Child Care Services of Ontario and is now the Director of Operations. She has served as a Canadian Delegate at the World Forum on Early Care and Education. Kristine is an active member in the child care community as she participates in several Waterloo Region child care initiatives. Kristine is the current Vice President of Council.


District 7 – Hamilton/Niagara Region​
Kim Cole RECE

Kim is the Executive Director of A Child’s World Family Child Care Services of Niagara. Throughout her career, she has supported early childhood educators, children and families in different leadership roles such as program coordinator, administrator, supervisor, mentor and board member. Kim was a mentor in the College’s first Leadership Pilot. She is highly involved in the early years community and believes in learning each and every day from others. 


District 8 – South West Region
Karen Kennedy RECE 

Karen holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education and has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. Karen currently works as an Early Years Educator with the EarlyON Child and Family Centre in Chatham-Kent, promoting early literacy with the families of her community and coordinating professional development opportunities for educators. She is completing her Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber.   

Teresa Sulowski RECE

Teresa holds a degree in Adult Education and a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She is an educator and a community leader from Southwestern Ontario. She spent 13 years as a regional manager for the YMCA of Western Ontario before joining the London Catholic District School Board as an Early Years' Specialist. Teresa recently served on the board of directors for Childreach, a non-profit organization in London, Ontario, that supports children and parents. She is currently the Supervisor of Children's Services for the City of St. Thomas and she is also finishing her Master's degree in Integrated Studies at Athabasca University.  

 

Publicly Appointed Council Members 
Ann Robichaud-Gagné (bilingual) - Ottawa

Ann is currently retired. She previously worked as an elementary school teacher and a curriculum coordinator for 38 years. During her career, Ann developed her competence in communication skills, leadership and team building. She taught from Junior Kindergarten up to Grade 8 in French and English as a second language. As a curriculum coordinator, she presented over 100 teacher training sessions in literacy, numeracy and Kindergarten for a French school board and the Ministry of Education. Convinced of the merits of a quality education in early childhood and that every child can succeed to the best of his or her capacity, Ann supports leadership in learning communities.


Barney Savage - Toronto

Barney is a public policy professional with experience in government, the voluntary sector, and health care. Since 2006 his work has focused on mental health and addictions. He is currently the director of policy and communications at Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO), an organization representing agencies providing publicly-funded mental health and addictions services across Ontario. Barney has served on the board of directors of Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre and Family Services Toronto. He lives in Toronto.


Karen Damley CA, CPA - Mississauga

Karen is currently retired. She previously worked as an executive in various global financial services organizations based in North America. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Toronto. Her current community involvement includes serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Centennial Infant & Child Center and as a board member of the Centennial Infant & Child Centre Foundation.


Sheri Coles - Oshawa​

Sheri is currently employed as a Service Navigator in the School Based Rehabilitation Program at the Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe-York.  She is a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.  Over her 20-year career as an Occupational Therapist, Sheri has had the pleasure of working with families to educate, support, and foster development in children with special needs. She has had the opportunity to provide Pediatric Occupational Therapy services in a in a variety of settings and in different regions across the province.  Sheri has actively participated as the chair of her children’s School Community Council as well as the Registrar at a cooperative Nursery School.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy degree, both from McMaster University. ​​


Mary Broga - Windsor​

Mary has practiced as a clinical psychologist and administrator for child and youth mental health for more than 30 years. She is the Executive Director at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare a community-based hospital and leader in children and youth mental health services. Mary has served on the board of Children’s Mental Health Ontario and chaired its Accreditation Committee. She was also a lead for the Canadian Centre for Accreditation and a member of the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health.

Mary has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western University and is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Windsor. She is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the Ontario Psychological Association, the Canadian and American Psychological Associations, and the Ontario Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  As a volunteer, Mary served as a board member for the Summit Centre for preschool children with autism, and was Chair of the Board for the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. She is currently the Chair of the Hospice Foundation Board for Windsor and Essex County.  Mary received an Elizabeth Manson Award for community service in children’s mental health from SickKids in 2007 and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. ​​

​Pamela Carkn​er - Ottawa

Biography coming soon.