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 

President: Stacey Lepine RECE​

Vice President: Julie Cyr RECE

Kim Cole RECE

Lindsey Dann RECE

Tricia Doyle RECE

Yalin Gorica RECE

Gillian Jackson RECE​

Paul Jackson RECE

Karen Kennedy RECE

CeCil Kim RECE

Kristine Parsons RECE

​Teresa Sulowski RECE

Laura Urso RECE

Kim White RECE

Garry Bates​

Geneviève Breton

Mary Broga ​​

Pamela Carkner​

Adesua Ezeokafor 

Cindy Harrison

Shernett Martin

Ulana Pahuta

Ann Robichaud-Gagné (bilingual)

Barney Savage ​


​Elected Council ​​Members

District 1 – North and North East Region

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.

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.

District 2 – East Region

Julie Cyr RECE: Vice President

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.​​​​​

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.

CeCil 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

Kristine Parsons RECE

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.

Dr. Yalin Gorica RECE

Dr. Yalin Gorica is a Professor of Early Childhood Education (ECE) at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville. She teaches in both the ECE Diploma and Early Childhood Leadership Bachelor Degree programs.

Throughout her career, Yalin has held various positions in the early years and educational sectors that include working in child care to support the holistic development of young children and teaching College ECE programs. An advocate of inquiry-based experiential learning, she initiates and implements international collaborations among institutions and ECE professionals to enable explorations of pedagogy and curriculum in different social and cultural contexts.  

From 2018 to 2020, Yalin served as a non-Council committee member on the Registration Appeals Committee with the College of Early Childhood Educators.

Yalin holds a number of credentials, including a diploma in ECE from Algonquin College, a Bachelor of Arts in Child Studies from Carleton University, a Master in Education from the University of Ottawa and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Calgary.

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 

Garry F. Bates BA, BEd, MAEd - Dryden

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 Carkn​er - 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.

Adesua Ezeokafor - Oakville

Adesua is the Associate Director of Canadian Financial Operations at Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario.

Before this role, she led the Finance & Performance Analysis team at Phillips 66 Canada, a multibillion-dollar energy corporation.  

Adesua also led the Phillips 66 Canada women's network. There, she led a campaign to raise awareness for dozens of kidnapped girls in remote Nigerian villages. 

Adesua is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She obtained her MBA from the University of Houston, Texas, and her bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Benin in Nigeria.

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.

Shernett Martin - Vaughan

Shernett Martin is an award-winning, experienced equity and inclusion consultant, speaker, workshop developer and facilitator. She has taught elementary school, high school and at the college level. Shernett is the recipient of the Women Who Lead Award, The National Council for Canadian Muslims’ Human Rights Award, the Canada 150 Community Service Award and the African-Canadian Achievement Award for Community Service. Shernett was also featured in the publication 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada. As well, she has written two university courses on equity and inclusion and has trained employees and volunteers in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Shernett is an advocate and community volunteer with several organizations. She has authored published articles on student learning, achievement and poverty in the classroom alongside a children's book. Shernett continues to follow her passion of working on behalf of marginalized communities.

Ulana Pahuta - Toronto

Ulana Pahuta is a lawyer licensed with the Law Society of Ontario. She has experience in corporate/commercial, banking and family law. Ulana holds degrees in both Psychology and Law from the University of Toronto and has completed training in family mediation, family relations and dispute resolution.

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.