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February 9, 2017

Sent on behalf of June Rogers, Executive Director, Provincial Schools Branch

I am pleased to share the following staffing announcements for the Provincial Schools Branch (PSB):

Alicia Bailey has accepted the position of Acting Provincial Committee for Learning Disabilities (PCLD) and Student Health Services (SHS) Secretary. Most recently Alicia worked with the PSB on the Records and Information Management initiative and further developed her project coordination, organization and problem solving skills. Alicia has previous experience as a Human Resources Officer, HR Assistant, Client Services Associate and Receptionist. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Her previous experience has provided her with a strong ability to provide administrative and support services which will be beneficial in her new position.

Alissa Bryers is currently supporting the Ministry of Education as an Employee Relations Advisor and will also provide support to the Provincial Schools Branch. Alissa joined the OPS in 2015 as a Labour Relations Intern supporting the Employee Relations Advisory Services area. Alissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill University and a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University. Alissa will be responsible for supporting PSB on OPSEU related matters and Juanita Sheridan, Employee Relations Advisor will continue to support PSB on all other matters.

Stephanie DePompa was the successful candidate in the competition for the position of Human Resources Consultant. Stephanie has over eight years of HR experience and previously worked in the Strategic Business Unit/Human Resources Branch for the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. She has experience as a Senior Human Resources Planning Coordinator/Executive Assistant to the Director, HR Projects Consultant and HR Program Coordinator. Stephanie’s work in these advisory and consultative roles provide her with a comprehensive knowledge, understanding and application of HR practices and theories. Stephanie’s strong consultation, interpersonal and negotiation skills will enable her to effectively take on this new position.

Shifa Jawad was the successful candidate in the competition for the position of Branch Administrative Assistant. Shifa’s past experience and education have strengthened her communication and customer service skills and knowledge of business administration. Shifa previously worked as a Language Support Worker with Everest College where she tutored students using ASL/English translation. She has a Business Administration Diploma from Everest College which provided her with fundamental knowledge in office organization, building relationships and community involvement.

Please join me in welcoming Alissa, Stephanie and Shifa to the Provincial Schools Branch and in congratulating Alicia on her new position.


January 17, 2017

Sent on behalf of June Rogers, Executive Director, Provincial Schools Branch

Hello all,

I am pleased to announce that Jamie Gover has accepted the position of Vice Principal, Resource Services and Outreach Programs. Jamie has over 15 years of experience in education including his most recent role as Principal at Thornton Academy. Jamie has also worked as a Teacher at Hitherfield Private School where he taught grades 5/6 and 7/8 as well as science, social studies and physical education. Jamie received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Sydney in Australia and a Bachelor of Arts from Nipissing University. Jamie’s wealth of knowledge and experience and his strong track record of building relationships and forging strong collaborative teams will benefit him well in his new position. Please join me in welcoming Jamie to the Provincial Schools Branch team.


January 9, 2017

Sent on behalf of June Rogers, Executive Director, Provincial Schools Branch

Hello all,

I am pleased to announce that Michele Kaczmarek was the successful candidate in the recent competition for the position of Compliance Officer, Provincial Schools Branch. Michele brings to the role over 20 years of experience with the Provincial Schools Branch where she supported staff and students at W. Ross Macdonald School (WRMS). Most recently Michele worked at WRMS in the Aquatics and Recreation Department and has previous experience as an Educational Assistant and Student Support Counsellor. She has experience providing staff training in First Aid, CPR, First Responder, Defensive Driving and Developmental Assets. This involvement has helped Michele develop a strong knowledge of emergency planning, triage implementation and effective safety management planning which will be beneficial in the Compliance Officer role.

Please join me in congratulating Michele on her new position!

Thanks,
June


December 16, 2016

Sent on behalf of June Rogers, Executive Director, Provincial Schools Branch

It is with mixed emotions that I write to announce that Deb Van Hees, Acting Principal of E.C. Drury Elementary School for the Deaf, has accepted a Vice Principal position at Pine Grove Elementary School in the Halton District School Board effective January 9, 2017. Deb has been an educator with the Provincial Schools Branch for the past 20 years and her knowledge and experience will be missed. I would like to thank Deb for her contribution to the Provincial Schools Branch and I wish her all the very best in her new position.

I am pleased to announce that Heather Gibson has agreed to take on the responsibility of Acting E.C. Drury Elementary School for the Deaf Principal in addition to her role as Assistant to the Superintendents. Heather has over 25 years of experience at the Provincial Schools Branch including various leadership roles. Heather has held numerous Principal positions including Principal, ASL Curriculum Development, Principal of the Schools and Principal of Resource. Heather holds a Masters of Education and Masters of Science from McDaniel College and completed a Bachelor of Science at Gallaudet University. Thank you Heather for taking on this additional role.


November 8, 2016

Sent on behalf of June Rogers, Executive Director, Provincial Schools Branch

I am pleased to share the following staffing announcements for the Provincial Schools Branch (PSB):

Tammy Care was the successful candidate in the recent competition for the position of Manager, Interpreter Services. Tammy has worked with the Provincial Schools Branch for over 10 years and most recently held the position of Management Interpreter, PSB. She is an experienced ASL-English interpreter and has many years of interpreting experience with other organizations and within the community. Tammy completed a three year ASL-English Interpreter Training Program at Sheridan College and in 2013 attained the Certificate of Interpretation with the Association of Visual Language Interpreter of Canada. Tammy is well versed in the industry standards and previously worked with the interpreting team to create a forum to share best practices and areas for development. Tammy has a breadth of knowledge in the field and her experience and background with the Provincial Schools Branch will enable her to effectively take on this new position.

Andy Virtue was the successful candidate in the recent competition for the position of Manager, Operations and Branch Infrastructure. Andy brings to the role over 18 years of experience with the Provincial Schools Branch where he gained extensive knowledge of PSBs operations and programs. Andy has worked in various positions at PSB including acting Manager, Operations and Branch Infrastructure, Manager, Residential Services, Residence Coordinator at Trillium Demonstration School, and Team Leader, Residence Counselor at E.C. Drury School for the Deaf. Andy’s diverse skill set including facilities operations, residential facility management, fleet management and contract management, and his multi-site experience will support him well as he continues to manage the operations of the branch at all five provincial school sites.


May 27, 2016

Hello all,

I am pleased to announce that Karyn Bruneel will be joining the Provincial Schools Branch for the 2016-2017 school year as Principal of Amethyst Demonstration School. Karyn is currently a Principal within the London District Catholic School Board and has over 10 years of experience as a Principal. Karyn also has three years of experience as a Vice Principal and prior to that was a Teacher focusing on Core French, Music and early and middle French Immersion. She has a Bachelor of Education - Junior and Intermediate French as well as a Masters of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies from Althouse College, University of Western Ontario. Karyn has a strong interest in special education programming and special needs identification, play-based learning and Student Inquiry and has a background in music and drama. She is very passionate to learn about learning and to use that understanding to help students develop their skills to become independent learners. Karyn thrives on using data and evidence to plan for student and school improvement. She is also interested in technology and is always reading about and trying out new ways of supporting learning with technology. I am confident that Karyn’s experience and knowledge will serve her well as she takes on her new role with the Provincial Schools Branch. Please join me in welcoming Karyn!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Geoff Moore for the excellent work that he has done as Principal of Amethyst Demonstration School. Geoff has been a great addition to the team and his dedication to the school is evidenced by the many accomplishments that he has achieved. Geoff will be returning to St. Marguerite D'Youville ‎in the London District Catholic School Board as Principal. Geoff will be missed and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

Thanks.
June


March 3, 2016

Sent on behalf of June Rogers, Executive Director, Provincial Schools Branch

As a result of the recent competition, I am pleased to share with you that Bashar Sara was the successful candidate for the temporary assignment of Senior System Support Analyst with the Provincial Schools Branch. Bashar will be starting this assignment effective Monday March 7, 2016.

Bashar is an accomplished IT professional with over 10 years of experience with the Provincial Schools Branch. During this time he has had extensive involvement in the areas of database administration, network support, web-based applications, working with a multi-site Wide Area Network and working on a variety of project teams. This experience has provided him with a strong background to effectively take on this new leadership role as Senior System Support Analyst.

Please join me in congratulating Bashar on this new and exciting assignment!

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