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50 Professionally Speaking | December 2017 G O V E R N I N G O U R S E LV E S 2018 COUNCIL ELECTION 2018 Conference Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre May 31–June 1, 2018 Early bird deadline: February 28, 2018 Register at oct.ca English and French workshops focused on: • Professional regulation • Protecting the public interest • Topics of interest to employers of Ontario Certified Teachers Keynote speakers Marc-André Blanchard Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rex Murphy Social Commentator and Journalist Margaret Trudeau Celebrated Canadian and Mental Health Advocate College Conference-December 2017 Issue-PRINT.indd 1 2017-10-13 9:14 AM streamlined ballot allowing members to vote for candidates in the systems where they work, and recognizing all provincial school authorities as eligible employers. 4) Dialogue with members. The Annual Meeting of Members enables Council members to meet directly with interested members, provide summary reports from select Council committees about their previous year's work, and ask ques- tions of the Chair and Registrar. The meeting is also live-streamed, and questions can be submitted online so that Council members can interact with members across the province. Throughout the year, Council mem- bers attend College events held across Ontario to engage with members and the public. As well, Council members are invited to attend focus group activ- ities across the province to periodically gather member and parent input on College initiatives. 5) Rule on content guidelines. Additional Qualification courses are an important part of ongoing career development. Council members routinely make decisions about guidelines that providers use for the courses offered to all members of the profession. 6) Advance teacher professionalism. The College awards three $ 2,0 0 0 scholarships annually to deserving teacher candidates, and Council members oversee the provision of the awards, the selection process, and the scholarship funding that makes it pos- sible. The program funding — which is self-sustaining at the direction of Council — provides financial assistance to exemplary role models who have a passion for and dedication to the highest ideals of teaching. 7) Ensure responsible financial governance. Responsibility for the overall financing of College operations is the direct purview of Council members. Council members set policy direction and approve the organization's budget, ensuring that the College maintains its commitment to responsible spending and resource management on behalf of College members. PS 2018 Council election nominations close December 1, 2017.

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