Panel discussion; looking back, looking forward
Margaret started her career as a grade two teacher, went back to University and achieved a BA with Honours and a master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto. She became a secondary teacher, and then department head.
She was elected as president of her secondary teachers’ federation district (Toronto) and, later, president of the provincial Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation.
She served the Ontario Teachers’ Federation as president, Secretary-Treasurer and CEO. While in this position, she served on several boards including the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the Ontario International Corporation and the United Way of Toronto.
In 1996 she was persuaded by the then Minister of Education to lead the development of the Ontario College of Teachers. She took the concept from an idea on paper to legislation and a fully operational regulatory body in 13 short months, at which point she was appointed as the first Registrar.
Since retiring from the College, she has been on the Board of Seneca College. Her most recent task was the 2015 Review of the Toronto District School Board.
Margaret Wilson has received several honours including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for service to education.
Donna Marie Kennedy is a retired educator and was the first Chair of the Ontario College of Teachers from 1997 to 2000. She was also the provincial president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association from 2003 to 2007.
Ms. Kennedy was a classroom teacher, special education teacher and consultant in a number of locations across the province, including Ottawa, Toronto and Maynooth, near Algonquin Park. In addition Ms. Kennedy lived and worked near Cloyne, Ontario in a l’Arche community, an organization dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities.
She retired from teaching in 2007.
Dave Cooke was born in Windsor, Ontario where he attended the University of Windsor and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1975. Dave was elected as the New Democrat MPP for Windsor-Riverside in 1977, a riding he held until he resigned from the legislature in 1997.
In 1990, when Bob Rae was elected Premier, Dave was appointed Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs and later served as Government House Leader and Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet. In 1993, Dave was appointed Minister of Education and Training. As Minister, he established the Royal Commission on Learning that led to the creation of the Ontario College of Teachers.
He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). He has served as chair of the Board of Governors for the University of Windsor and Seneca College.
He served as co-chair of numerous endeavors, including Ontario’s Education Improvement Commission, the Capital Campaign for the Windsor-Essex Alzheimer Society and the Windsor Hospital Task Force. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Windsor-Essex Development Commission and Family Services Windsor-Essex.
Dave currently co-chairs the Single Site Hospital Planning steering committee in Windsor.
He has received numerous awards including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dave was also awarded an honorary degree from the University of Windsor.
Dr. Avis Glaze is a dynamic international leader in the field of education and a highly respected mentor to many Ontario educators. She has been acclaimed for her work in leadership development, student achievement and wellbeing, school and system improvement, character and soft skills development and equity of outcomes for all students. She was sent to South Africa by the Canadian government to assist with education reform and national reconstruction at the invitation of Nelson Mandela, and was also invited to assist with education reform in New Zealand. She has worked with teachers, principals, policy makers and politicians in over 40 countries and US states.
Avis was Senior Adviser to the Minister of Education and Founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. She was a commissioner on the 1994 Royal Commission on Learning – which recommended the establishment of the Ontario College of Teachers.
She has worked in several school districts, both rural and urban, and has been a supervisory officer in both public and catholic school boards. She served as Associate Director in the York Region District School Board and as Director in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.
Avis completed two master of education programs and a doctorate in education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, as well as many professional courses in areas such alternative dispute resolution, facilitation skills, the assessment of emotional intelligence and John Hattie’s visible learning practices. She has won numerous awards for her outstanding contribution to education, including the Robert Owen Award, the first of its kind offered by Scotland, and the Order of Ontario.
As an international educator, Avis is invited by many governments to assist with education reform. Queen Sonia, for example, invited her to work with principals in Norway. Most recently, she was appointed as a member of the International Education Advisory Council by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, to help improve their education system.
Visit her website at: www.avisglaze.ca