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Ravi Vethamany, OCT

Ravi Vethamany
  • Registration: 285995
  • Northeast Region Part-time/Full-time


Certified to teach in Ontario: 1998

Current employment: Permanent full-time secondary teacher

Employer: Rainbow District School Board

Professional qualifications

Degree

Date

Institution

B.Sc. Hons. 1985 Dalhousie University
LLB
1988
Dalhousie University
B.Ed. 1997 University of Toronto
M.Ed. 2004
University of Ottawa

Required biography

Ravi works in care and/or treatment, custody and correctional facilities’ Section 23 educational programs, currently teaching secondary students in a northeast Ontario youth detention centre. He also teaches secondary e-learning students across Ontario in collaboration with their public and Catholic teachers.

He is bilingual in French and English. Has taught in northeast Ontario for 10 years in both secondary and elementary schools and has 20 years of public education experience in northeast, central and southeast Ontario regions.

He has been an OSSTF member for the past 18 years and was previously an ETFO member for two years.

He is running for re-election to his current Council position to continue serving the teaching profession. He is chair of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee and is a member of the Executive, Discipline and Fitness to Practise committees. Before becoming a teacher he was a lawyer for 10 years with Ontario Legal Aid and the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and continues to be a licensed Ontario lawyer. He applies both his education and law experience as a member of the Discipline Committee to ensure a fair discipline process that inspires public confidence.

Optional biography

I became a teacher because I believe in public education and I love teaching kids. I became a teacher when the College was created, and I have faithfully and professionally served the public good, both as an Ontario teacher and Ontario lawyer for the past 30 years. I have stood in solidarity with other teachers to protect excellence in public education for the past 20 years.

I have served in my current Council position for three years and I am running for re-election to continue serving the teaching profession. I serve on the Standards of Practice and Education Committee and the Executive, Discipline and Fitness to Practise committees. During this term, the Standards of Practice and Education Committee developed The Professional Learning Framework for the Teaching Profession in cooperation with education stakeholders including the Ontario Teachers’ Federation. The Discipline Committee made significant improvements to the discipline process in response to the LeSage Report and the Protecting Students Act, 2016; and I completed the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators/Osgoode Hall Law School’s Adjudication Certificate and Advanced Adjudication Certificate to become a better adjudicator in discipline hearings.

I love my beautiful wife, Lesleigh Dye, and I thank God that she is in my life. She is the director of education for the DSB Ontario North. We live on the west arm of Lake Nipissing, where we love kayaking, boating, swimming, hiking, snowshoeing and skating together.

Eligible nominators (Registration)

  1. Patrick Barnholden, OCT (458473)
  2. Jessie Dupuis, OCT (529166)
  3. Craig Flanagan, OCT (483226)
  4. Ian Gray, OCT (485462)
  5. Paul Hatzis, OCT (492130)
  6. Jana Lahnalampi, OCT (490345)
  7. Jeff Lalonde, OCT (262234)
  8. Kim Lawson, OCT (572967)
  9. Jussi Leinala, OCT (513424)
  10. Paul Pasanen, OCT (441435)
  11. Katrina Ross, OCT (478997)
  12. Joel Schryer, OCT (257765)
  13. Paul Shanks, OCT (187324)
  14. Rob Sime, OCT (174498)
  15. Dave Winsa, OCT (517492)

Required statement

  1. Ravi Vethamany attests that he is eligible and willing to be nominated, meets all the requirements to run for the Northeast Region – Part-Time/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 his Nomination).
  2. Ravi Vethamany does not hold an excluded position that would prevent him from serving on Council (in response to question 4 of the Candidate Statement part of his Nomination).
  3. Ravi Vethamany acknowledges that, if elected, he 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 his Nomination).

1. How can the College – and you specifically – work to achieve its strategic priorities? Please choose a priority and discuss.

Broadening membership engagement in the College is important.

There are 240,000 certified teachers in Ontario who all deserve a voice at their College. (1) The College and Council can advise the Minister of Education to increase the number of Council members in order to ensure equitable representation of non-traditional teachers; (2) the College could provide more seconded employment opportunities for members; and, (3) the College and Council can continue to build respectful relationships with the other important Ontario education stakeholders, including teacher unions, and teacher, administrator, student and parent associations.

2.  What can the College do to promote the public interest in the teaching profession?

In carrying out its objects, the College has a duty to serve and protect the public interest. The College and Council can explain the public interest, self-regulation and the role of the College, including the legislated objects of the College; and (3) be open and accountable in its operations, to members and to the public.

3. What knowledge, skills and experience do you have that will contribute to the College’s fulfillment of its mandate?

Re-election to my current position as the Northeast Ontario Part- time/Full-time member of Council, for the maximum of two consecutive terms, would leverage my three years of experience in this role.

I understand learning and teaching. I work hard to be an excellent teacher. I have a decade of teaching experience in northeast Ontario. I have taught for 20 years in three regions across Ontario. I Chair the Standards of Practice and Education Committee of the Ontario College of Teachers.

I am committed to serving and protecting the public interest. I have three decades of public service experience, in public education, justice and health.

Je suis bilingue en français. Je suis qualifié pour enseigner français et j’enseignais français, et j’ai travaillé en français avec Aide juridique Ontario et l’Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (AJEFO).

I understand self-regulation and principles of professional standards, openness, fairness and accountability, in the self-regulation of certified teachers, as a current member of the Ontario College of Teachers Discipline and Fitness to Practice committees, in the regulation of health professionals as a Member of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB), and in practicing criminal law as Legal Aid Ontario Criminal Duty Counsel.

I currently teach students in care, treatment, custody, and corrections programs.

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