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.
President: Stacey Lepine RECE
Vice President: Julie Cyr RECE
Kim Cole RECE
Lindsey Dann RECE
Tricia Doyle RECE
Gillian Jackson RECE
Paul Jackson RECE
Cyndy Jefferson RECE
Karen Kennedy RECE
CeCil Kim RECE
Kristine Parsons RECE
Teresa Sulowski RECE
Laura Urso RECE
Kim White RECE
Ann Robichaud-Gagné (bilingual)
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.
Lindsey Dann RECE
Lindsey holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education, a certificate in Leadership in Early Childhood Education, and a certificate in resource consulting. She’s worked in the profession for nine years, including her role as Childcare Supervisor and Faculty Advisor for ECE students. She has also served as Chair of the Thunder Bay and District Supervisors Network. Lindsey is currently a Childcare Site Supervisor and member of the Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee for Confederation College.
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.
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.
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.
CeCil Kim RECE
Kristine Parsons RECE
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.
Garry F. Bates BA, BEd, MAEd - Kenora
A retired Director of Education and CEO of two school boards, Garry brings to Council his broad range of experience in leadership and governance. Garry’s academic qualifications led him to hold the position of CEO in school boards across Ontario. His accomplishments include building two school boards, putting in place policy and administration that later became the models for the Province of Ontario. In addition, he served as a full- time professor for several years in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. A firm believer in community involvement, Garry has served on various community boards and committees, both as a member and also in leadership positions. Examples of his involvement include: Board of Director positions with Dryden Food Bank, Kenora District Non-Profit Housing, and the Patricia Centre for Children and Youth (children’s mental health); founding member of Big Brothers and Sisters of the Patricia Region and the Dryden and Area Literacy Council; and member for his local Committee for Syrian Refugee Resettlement. He currently sits on three advisory committees for the local and regional health centre.
Geneviève (Gen) Breton - Ottawa
Fluently bilingual, Geneviève is a public affairs and communications strategist with years of proven visionary leadership in the private business sector, Parliament and the Government of Canada. This trilogy of experience, skills and depth of knowledge help her bring a “big picture” perspective on the intertwined complexities of the Canadian political and socio-economic landscape. In 2017, Geneviève rolled out a highly-successful marketing and media relations campaign for the re-opening of the Canada Science and Technology Museum and led the corporate branding of Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation.
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 Carkner - Ottawa
Pamela earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology. She has spent the majority of her career in advocacy roles for people unable to do so for themselves. Pamela is committed to sharing her knowledge, in education and advocacy, to help parents and caregivers advocate for their children and teens with special needs. Pamela strives to make sure that every child can access the curriculum and reach their full potential.
Cynthia (Cindy) Harrison BA, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO - Speech Language Pathologist - Ottawa
Cindy is a speech language pathologist and President and CEO of CommuniCare Therapy and ACT Learning Centre. Her area of focus is providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder, disorders of relating and communicating, intellectual disabilities and global development delays. Cindy holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Vermont. She is very active in her community and serves on a number of boards and community associations, including as Chair, Therapy and Rehabilitation Practice Council for Home Care Ontario, and Chair, Autism Practice Group for the Ontario Association of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists.
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.