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

Cynthia Jefferson RECE​

Kristine Parsons RECE: Vice President

Kim Cole RECE

Karen Kennedy RECE​

​Teresa Sulowski RECE

​Ann Robichaud-Gagné (bilingual)

Barney Savage ​

​Karen Damley CA, CPA​

Mary Broga ​​

Pamela Carkner​


​Elected Council ​​Members

District 1 – North and North East Region

​Laura Urso RECE

Laura Urso holds both an Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. She has been involved in the ECE sector for the past 30 years, 12 of which she spent working with a northern municipality in Ontario. Laura currently works as a Program Coordinator for children’s services for the City of Greater Sudbury, where she leads the quality improvement program, Early ON Centre transformation, community partnerships, early years planning and professional learning. Laura has previously served as a Non-Council member of the Standards of Practice and Registration Committees.

Lori Huston RECE

Lori Huston brings 20 years of experience in the early childhood education (ECE) sector. She has been involved in post-secondary ECE curriculum teaching and writing, community capacity building and policy work. Lori started her career coordinating programs in children's services in Northweste​rn Ontario. Since 2009, she has been working in Aboriginal ECE post-secondary education, coordinating and developing training programs for students from remote northern communities. Her current responsibilities include program delivery, evaluation and accreditation and policy and standards development. Lori is also a certified family support worker with a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services. 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 Cyr is an Early years administrator at the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) in Ottawa. During her 27 year career in the early childhood education sector, Julie had the opportunity to work with children and parents in various settings. Julie spent five years as an integration adviser supporting registered early childhood educators (RECEs) and families for the inclusion of special needs children. She also worked as an educator before taking on the role of director at an Ottawa child care centre. Julie went on to work for the Ontario Early Years Centres as interim director and community liaison. Since the beginning of her career, she has been serving as a representative on many community tables and associations such as the Regroupement des services à l'enfance the Best Start planning tables at the Directors' table and the Table de planification francophone, as well as Best start 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

For more than 25 years, Gillian Jackson has brought her energy and experience to the fields of early childhood education and community development. 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. Starting in 2008, Gillian worked for Developmental Services of Leeds and Grenville, where she focused on supporting children and youth with special needs and their families, in licensed child care, in school, and in the community. Previously, Gillian coordinated the Better Beginnings school readiness and parenting programs for the Kingston Community Health Centres, and led community outreach for Global Child Care Services in Ottawa and the Ontario Early Years ​Centre in Leeds & Grenville. She graduated with honours from her early childhood education program, and holds a master's degree in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University and a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.  She worked at the Early Learning Centre lab school and taught part-time in the Early Childhood Education program at Algonquin College for nine years.  She was one of the mentors for RECEs through the College's Leadership Pilot Project from 2013-2014. Gillian is a former board member of the AECEO's Ottawa Valley branch. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Brockville and Area Community Foundation.​ 


District 4 – Central East Region

Stacey Lepine RECE: President

St​acey is the Vice President of the College and sits on the Registration Committee and Complaints Committee and previously sat on the Standards of Practice committee. Stacey is the manager of the Early Years and Poverty Strategy Departments at the Durham District School Board in Whitby, ON., previous to that, she was the General Manager of Child, Youth and Family Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto.  She has served 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 and school-based child care environments. Stacey has also held positions in philanthropy, volunteer development, recreation and community development.  Stacey is currently taking executive leadership courses at the Schulich School of Business, she is a lifelong learner who stays up-to-date with new opportunities in the sector.​​​

Kim White, RECE

Kim White 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

​Biography coming soon.

Paul Jackson RECE

​Biography coming soon.

Cecile Kim RECE

​Biography coming soon.

District 6 – Central West Region

Cynthia J​efferson RECE

Cyndy Jefferson is the General Manager of Child Care services at the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, where she oversees 14 licensed Child Care locations and 22 licensed Youth Development programs. She started her career at the organization as a supervisor and subsequently took on the role of Director of Child Care Operations before moving to her current position in 2007, where she also provides training on Child Protection & Safety Awareness. Cyndy has 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. Since 2005, Cyndy has been a member of the Children's Planning Table of Waterloo. For the past four years, she has also chaired the Early Years Advisor Committee (EYAC), a forum involving community stakeholders that support the implementation and ongoing operation of early years' programs within the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) schools. She is also the former chair of the Child Care Network of Waterloo Region (CCNWR). 

Kristine Parsons RECE: Vice President

Kristine Parsons started her career as an early childhood educator at the Owl Child Care Services of Ontario. She holds both a diploma in early childhood education and a human resource certificate. Kristine spent nine years as a supervisor before transitioning to the role of director of operations. Kristine is also a part-time faculty member in the Child Development Practitioner (Apprenticeship) program at Conestoga College. She is the former chair of the Child Care Network of Waterloo Region and former co-chair for the Continuing the Momentum mentoring pairs program. Kristine currently sits on the Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centre Planning Committee and the Children's Planning Table for the Waterloo Region Community Services. 

District 7 – Hamilton/Niagara Region​

Kim Cole RECE

​Biography coming soon.

District 8 – South West Region

Karen Kennedy RECE 

Karen Kennedy has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She started her career as a teacher's assistant while attending night school to complete her diploma in Early Childhood Education at St. Clair College. Since 2003, Karen has been instrumental in developing and delivering family resource programs with the Ontario Early Years and, now, EarlyON Child and Family Centres (CFCs). She is a certified family educator, home child care educator and resource teacher. Karen also served on the College's Registration Committee for two years as a non-Council committee member. Karen currently works as an Early Years Educator with the EarlyON Child and Family Centre in Chatham-Kent. She is also completing her Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber.   ​

Teresa Sulowski RECE

Teresa Sulowski is an educator and a community leader from southwestern Ontario. Teresa 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. With a degree in Adult Education and a diploma in Early Childhood Education, Teresa has been involved in curriculum development and taught at Fanshawe College. She recently served on the board of directors for Childreach, a non-profit organization in London, Ontario, that supports children and parents. Teresa is currently the Supervisor of Children's Services for the City of St. Thomas. She is also finishing her master's degree in Integrated Studies at Athabasca University. ​​


Publicly Appointed Council Members 

Ann Robichaud-Gagné (bilingual)


Ann Robichaud-Gagné, now retired, worked as an elementary school teacher and a curriculum co-ordinator for 38 years. She taught Junior Kindergarten (for 13 years) up to Grade 8 in French and English. As a curriculum co-ordinator, she designed and presented over 100 continuous teacher training sessions in literacy, numeracy and Kindergarten for the French school board and the Ministry of Education. She also wrote a curriculum for three-year-old preschoolers with supporting documents for early childhood educators, administrators, teachers and parents.

Petits pas à trois is now being used in more than 15 classrooms and is a big success among students and parents. 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. This commitment led her to teach the Kindergarten course on a part-time basis at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. During her career, Ann developed her competence in communication skills, leadership and team building. She brings to the Council of the College of Early Childhood Educators enthusiasm, professional knowledge and expertise of early childhood education. ​

Barney Savage


Barney Savage 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


Karen Damley is Principal of Damley & Associates, a strategy and business consulting firm. She previously worked as an executive in various global financial services ​organizations based in North America. Ms. Damley is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Her community involvement includes serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Centennial Infant & Child Center and a mentor for The Mentoring Partnership - a TRIEC Program. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.​

Sheri Coles


Sheri Coles 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


Mary Broga 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


Biography coming soon.