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50 Professionally Speaking | March 2017 G O V E R N I N G O U R S E LV E S COUNCIL MEETINGS In 1997, the Ontario College of Teachers opened its doors. To commemorate 20 years of self-regulation in the public interest, the College is planning a number of events and activities. WE'RE TURNING 20! STUDENT ART EXHIBITION Starting May 20, the College will display artwork by elementary and secondary students from across the province. Come check out the work of these budding artists on our 14th floor. DOORS OPEN TORONTO The College is participating in the 2017 Doors Open Toronto, a free, annual event that offers residents and visitors access to over 130 architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings across the city. This year's theme is 15 Decades of Canadian Architecture and features highlights from each decade since the 1860s. Come take a tour of our building May 27–28 and receive a special commemorative memento. PANEL DISCUSSION: LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD Join us at the College's Annual Meeting of Members on June 8 for a panel discussion with the first College registrar, Margaret Wilson,OCT; the first College chair, Donna Marie Kennedy; former Education Minister Dave Cooke; and Dr. Avis Glaze, former commissioner of the Royal Commission on Learning. They will discuss the work of the College over the past 20 years and into the future. • approved the College's 2017 budget of $40,922,748 with an unchanged annual membership fee of $150 by offsetting operating budget pressures with a restricted cash reserve draw of $1,892,601. This includes spending an additional $30,650 in 2017 to promote greater member participation in the 2018 election; • welcomed Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter, who engaged in a dialogue with Council. The Minister lauded the College's work to develop Bill 37, Protecting Students Act, and the implementation of the new enhanced teacher education program; • requested that the Minister of Education amend the Ontario College of Teachers Act to provide the Investigation Committee with the au- thority to order a medical assessment of a member's fitness to practise to support the committee's role of inves- tigating and referring complaints; • received the Registrar's quarterly report to Council; • recognized excellence in teacher education by awarding scholarships to assist in the education of future teachers. Krista Bradshaw, a teacher candidate in the concurrent educa- tion program at Queen's University, received the Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education. Maria Sinclair, a teacher candidate in the consecutive educa- tion program at Western University, received the Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship — Primary/ Junior or Junior/Intermediate. Patrick Vaillancourt, a teacher candidate in the consecutive education program at Laurentian University, received the Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship — Intermediate/Senior; • received a quarterly report from the Chair; • approved a policy for Council Member Application for Employment with the College, which would enable former Council members who have been out of office for more than a year to apply for College jobs; • approved a College Employees' Nomination to Council policy, which would enable former College employ- ees to seek nomination to Council if they have been out of the employ of the College for at least a year; • asked the Minister of Education to amend the College's election regulations to enable former employees to be At its meeting December 1–2, 2016, College Council:

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