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Toronto ON, M5S 0A1
P: 416-961-8800
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Nicole van Woudenberg, OCT

Nicole van Woudenberg
  • Registration: 285635
  • Southcentral Region Full-time

Certified to teach in Ontario: 1998

Current employment: Co-ordinator of Special Education

Employer: Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Professional qualifications




Hons. BA 1997
McMaster University
B.Ed. 1998
MA 2005
University of Toronto

Required biography

Has been a certified teacher for 19 years. Experience includes teaching junior and intermediate grades and working as a teacher-librarian, prep teacher for kindergarten through Grade 8 and Special Education resource teacher. Fulfilled the role of Special Education consultant for several years before choosing to return to the classroom to teach. Is currently the co-ordinator of Special Education for the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic DSB.

Nicole is an active OECTA member. First elected to the local unit in 2007, she has served the membership as chair of several committees, including professional development, legislation and human rights. She currently holds the position of recording secretary and is a vetted instructor with OECTA’s provincial PD network. Has twice served as provincial educational aid committee chair and has been a delegate at the OECTA annual general meeting for the past 10 years.

Understands that as an elected member will affirm to work together with Council members on behalf of the public to make decisions regulating and developing a teaching profession that maintains public confidence by prioritizing the well-being and academic success of all students. By seeking re-election, she will continue to represent, protect and advocate in the public interest and for the teaching profession.

Optional biography

In Ontario, the teaching professional is self-regulated and as a current Council member, I am seeking re-election so I may continue to advocate for actions and motions that stay within the Council mandate. I currently serve on the Quality Assurance and Executive committees, as well as chair the Accreditation Committee, which is responsible for conducting accreditation reviews of the faculties of education.

As the co-ordinator of Special Education with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic DSB, I am responsible for creating, organizing and delivering PD for teachers, including those enrolled in the New Teacher Induction Program. My role requires me to liaise with ministry staff, collaborate with colleagues from regional boards and develop appropriate Special Education protocols and resources used within my board. I have taught face to face and online AQ courses and delivered PD for teachers in Africa and the Caribbean. I am a frequent conference presenter and guest lecturer for university-level courses.

My strong advocacy for social justice continues by co-ordinating an annual board-wide walk for social justice, which draws local media attention. As a member of OECTA’s provincial educational aid committee, I have helped select projects and distribute funds to developing countries in need of the basic necessities, including access to education. I continue to work with organizations that support local and international sustainable projects. On Council, I will continue to advocate for the profession and its dedicated members who are highly qualified to teach in Ontario classrooms.

Eligible nominators (Registration)

  1. Rita Borgogelli, OCT (188354)
  2. Denise Fraser, OCT (200321)
  3. Joshua Goodeill, OCT (434192)
  4. Allyn Janicki, OCT (428162)
  5. Tina-Marie Lockyer, OCT (514906)
  6. Kent MacDonald (200593)
  7. Michele MacDonald (186984)
  8. Jennifer MacNeil, OCT (213781)
  9. Valérie Michaud, OCT (456135)
  10. Alanna Milligan, OCT (420482)
  11. Mark Molasy, OCT (173965)
  12. Jonathan Rajalingam, OCT (462360)
  13. Renata Szczurek, OCT (279333)
  14. Sara Vause, OCT (470916)
  15. Sonja Whitehead, OCT (274975)

Required statement

  1. Nicole van Woudenberg attests that she is eligible and willing to be nominated, meets all the requirements to run for the SouthCentral Region – Full-Time position and to serve on Council, confirms that all information provided is accurate and agrees to the publication of this information (in response to questions 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 of the Candidate Statement part of her Nomination).
  2. Nicole van Woudenberg does not hold an excluded position that would prevent her from serving on Council (in response to question 4 of the Candidate Statement part of her Nomination).
  3. Nicole van Woudenberg acknowledges that, if elected, she will be required to swear an oath or make an affirmation to serve in the public interest prior to assuming a Council position (in response to question 5 of the Candidate Statement part of her Nomination).

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