Education Standing Committee

Chair: Kathy Wosnick

Members of the Education Committee examine the state of education at all levels and of all types in the province. Projects, discussions and addresses by visiting speakers relate to issues of concern to the members. The Committee can raise awareness among all Club members about important educational issues. Members are encouraged to follow through in their local areas with school boards, colleges, universities and their MPPs.

Committee Reports

November 24, 2018

TOPIC: Restorative Justice
SPEAKER: Kathleen Clarke,  Restorative Justice Chatham/Kent

The restorative justice model is gaining acceptance in many communities across the province, country and even internationally. We watched a video of the 1974 hallmark case from Elmira, Ontario. The experience from this initial case has now spread globally as a more humane, effective way to deal with many youth offenders. Within the Criminal Justice system, Restorative Justice is a different way of thinking Read more…

For the Plenary report, see the November 24, 2018 report in Status of Women

September 29, 2018

TOPIC: “When my kids were young”  The Changing Role of Motherhood in the 20th and 21st Centuries
SPEAKER: Dr Andrea O’Reilly:

Fitting in beautifully to our Ontario Council theme for the year, Women Helping Women, Andrea O’Reilly explored how and why the image and role of ‘good’ motherhood have changed over the last eighty years in North America. The description or key attributes of a good mother are historically rooted in the social parameters of the time, most often in response to economic pressures rather than being a natural or inherent state of being. The good (white middle class) mother of the pre-WWII era stayed home to take care of her husband and household, with help from servants, including a governess or nanny to look after the children.  Read more>>

March 24, 2018
Making Sense of Politics in a “Fake News” Era:  Thinking Critically about the Ontario Election

Our speakers for the Education plenary were Maija Saari, Associate Dean of Film, TV and Journalism, Nicole Blanchett Neheli, professor in the Journalism diploma and Film and Television degree programs, both from Sheridan College and Ann Rauhala, Associate Professor, Ryerson School of Journalism and Teaching Chair, Faculty of Communication and Design. Along with research and teaching at the post-secondary level, all have extensive front-line journalism experience working in news organizations. (click here to read the full report)

January 20, 2018

Christine Corso, Research and Project Coordinator for People for Education led the workshop focused on Funding, Equity and the Purpose of Education. Regional differences and inequities in funding, streaming, assessment and programming needs for students in our changing world were discussed, with time for questions and general discussion. Highlights are captured with recommendations for change to our Educational system in this province. (click here to read report)

Clicking here or on the image above to open up the January 2018 PDF presentation.

September 23, 2017

Topic: Running in Municipal Elections-Role of the Trustee

Mary Hall was first elected to the Hastings County Board of Education in 1994, and after amalgamation, was elected to the Hastings and Prince Edward DSB as a trustee representing Belleville and Thurlow, and is currently serving in that capacity. Mary outlined the steps in preparing to run for Trustee and described the role in office. Read the full report>>

March 25, 2017

MORNING PLENARY: Early Learning and Childcare

Shannon Fuller, the acting Assistant Deputy Minister in the Early Years Division at the Ministry of Education presented Renewing and Expanding Ontario’s Early Years System in her plenary address at the March Ontario Council Standing Committee meeting.

Shannon began with an overview of the Ontario’s Early Years system within a historical perspective. In 2009, Dr. Charles Pascal released With Our Best Future in Mind, with recommendations for a more integrated early learning and child care system, including full day kindergarten. In 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) came into force, replacing 70-year-old legislation. CCEYA strengthened compliance with programming through play-based learning and regulated health and safety in early years settings. Read the full report>>


Reports from previous years have been archived in DropBox. Clicking on the link will open a new tab to the Education Folder, where all reports can be viewed or downloaded. Access Archived Reports >>