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44 GOVERNING OURSELVES Professionally Speaking March 2021 PHOTO: COURTESY OF DEMETRA SALDARIS • Addressed the COVID-19 teacher shortage with approval of a one-time, one-year temporary certificate for Ontario teacher candidates and labour mobility applicants. PS Council Meetings At its meeting on December 3–4, 2020, College Council: • appointed Kara Smith, OCT, to the faculty of education position on Council for the duration of the term of the eighth Council; • received a presentation from Charline Grant from Parents of Black Children in Peel; • received a quarterly report from the Deputy Registrar; • received a financial report for the period ending on September 30, 2020; • received a quarterly report from the Chair; • approved the College's 2021 budget of $42,457,610 million with no adjustments to the membership fee currently set at $170; • recommended to the Minister of Education that a new Anti-Audism Additional Qualification course be enacted in Schedule C of the Teachers' Qualifica- tions Regulation; • recommended to the Minister of Education that a new Supporting Cultures of Well-Being Additional Qualifica- tion (AQ) course be enacted in Schedule D of the Teach- ers' Qualifications Regulation; • appointed Mary-Anne Mouawad, OCT, as Chair of the Standards of Practice and Education Committee for the balance of the term of the eighth Council; • asked that the Minister of Education provide an update on the 11 Council-recommended AQ Regulatory changes At its special meeting on December 11, 2020, College Council: that were forwarded to the Ministry in June 2018; • spoke with Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Minister of Educa- tion, who provided an overview of new legislation and efforts to safeguard students and modernize the College; • provided $2,000 scholarships to Kai Butterfield (OISE/ UT), Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education; Melena Hope (Lakehead University), Ontario College of Teachers Primary/Junior or Junior/ Intermediate Scholarship; and Damon O'Shea (Western University), Ontario College of Teachers Intermediate/ Senior Scholarship; • appointed Dr. Derek Haime, OCT, as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer for a four-year period (one-year renewable), effective January 1, 2021; • approved governance principles for Transition Supervisory Officer consideration; and • amended College bylaws governing the contents of the College's public register to add any certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or certificate of apprenticeship granted to an applicant related to their technological education qualifications, and any acceptable work experience and competence demonstrated by the applicant related to their technological education qualifications. Demetra Saldaris, OCT The College welcomes Demetra Saldaris, OCT, who joins the College's senior leadership team as the Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation. Saldaris joined the Ministry of Education in 2005 with the Curriculum and Assessment Branch. Prior to joining the ministry, she worked in various boards across the province as a teacher, administrator and board leader with experience in both the elementary and secondary panels. Saldaris joined the newly created Student Success/Learning to 18 Branch, where she also became a manager. She was integral to the work of Student Success Teachers and Leaders, Differentiated Instruction, professional development programs, and Professional Activity Day. She has overseen critical regulatory, legislative and programming changes, such as the Protecting Students Act and the Math Proficiency Test. Saldaris holds a bachelor of educa- tion and MA from Western University, as well as Principal and Supervisory Officer qualifications. PS Transition Planning, Taking Stock reporting and Paying Attention to Mathematics Education, among others. Saldaris became regional manager for the Toronto region of the Field Services Branch, where she continued to play a key role on Board Improve- ment Plans for Student Achievement, labour-related issues and many other ministry policies that impacted school board practices. She was instrumental to many working groups across the ministry, including the Cross Ministry Planning Committee and the Initiatives Committee. In 2014, Saldaris took on the role of director of the Professionalism, Teaching Policy and Standards Branch (PTPSB). In this position, she led the successful introduction of regulatory and legislative amendments, teacher

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