In Memory of Sue Corke, College Registrar from 2011-2015
The College of Early Childhood Educators (the College) mourns the passing of Sue Corke in May of this year. Sue was Registrar of the College from 2011 until her retirement in 2015. She was a passionate – and compassionate – public servant, and the College was deeply fortunate to benefit from her leadership during what was a pivotal period of growth.
With Sue at the helm, the College developed and launched our Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) Program, which has evolved over the years since into a key pillar of our work at the College. Similarly, the implementation of the College’s first Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice was also achieved in this period. At the same time, College registration kept up an extraordinary pace; when Sue became Registrar, there were approximately 33,000 members. At the time of her retirement, the College had issued over 57,000 Certificates of Registration. These are but a few of the notable milestones she helped the College achieve; those years were busy and challenging, but also absolutely critical to bringing us forward to where we are today.
There was far more to Sue than her years at the College; she was a reader and a writer, a gardener and a cook, a consummate host and a world traveler, a mother, a grandmother, a friend and a mentor. We encourage everyone to learn more about her career and life here.
Upon Sue’s retirement in 2015, our then-President of Council, Lois Mahon said, “her commitment to early education and to the College has been a gift to RECEs, children and families, and all of us who had the pleasure of working with her.” We at the College were among many who were lucky to have known and shared time with Sue. We are grateful for her contributions, and send our deepest sympathies to her friends and family.