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59 December 2017 | Professionally Speaking G O V E R N I N G O U R S E LV E S HEARINGS Certified to teach in June 1994, Nolan did not attend the Discipline Committee panel's hearing on March 30, 2017, nor was he represented by legal counsel. The panel found Nolan guilty of professional misconduct and ordered that his Certificate of Qualification and Registration be revoked. It also ordered him to receive a written reprimand. In its decision, the panel stated, "Through his reprehensible conduct, the Member has forfeited the privilege of holding a teaching certificate in Ontario." Member: Robert Brooklyn Roe, OCT Registration No: 526372 Decision: Reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel repri- manded Robert Brooklyn Roe, a teacher with the Toronto District School Board, for making inappropriate comments to students and failing to maintain appro- priate professional boundaries. The member, who was certified to teach in June 2008, attended the public hearing on June 2, 2017, with his legal counsel. The panel heard that Roe's conduct included comments and actions that crossed professional boundaries and made students feel uncomfortable. It found Roe guilty of professional misconduct and ordered him to appear before it immediately after the hearing to receive a reprimand. The panel also directed the member to successfully com- plete, at his own expense, a pre-approved course on appropriate boundaries with students. He needs to do so within 90 days of the date of the order. In its decision, the panel stated, "The coursework will remind the Member of his obligations as a teacher and will help him to make better decisions in any future interactions with students." Member: Zubair Ahmed Shaikh Registration No: 429630 Decision: Suspension, reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel suspended the certificate of College member Zubair Ahmed Shaikh for making a series of inappropriate comments with a sexual undertone to a female student while they were alone in his office. His conduct had a profound negative impact on the student's high school career. Shaikh, who was certified to teach in August 1999, attended the hearing on January 28–29, 2016, February 11–12, 2016, March 29, 2016, and May 1, 2017. He had legal representation. The Discipline Committee panel found him guilty of professional misconduct. The panel ordered that his teaching certificate be suspended for six months and that he appear before it, immedi- ately following the hearing, to receive a reprimand. In addition, Shaikh was directed to complete, at his own expense, a course on maintaining professional boundaries. He was directed to do so within 90 days after the date of the order. In its written decision, the panel stated, "It is wholly unacceptable for members of the teaching profession to make insensitive, demeaning and un- professional comments to students." Member: Kenneth Gavin Bernard Williamson Registration No: 150105 Decision: Revocation, Fine, Costs A Discipline Committee panel revoked the certificate of College member Kenneth Gavin Bernard Williamson for engaging in repeated violent sexual abuse of a child. Williamson sexually exploited a boy repeatedly over a long period of time. He gained access to him through a pro- gram meant to help vulnerable youth. Certified to teach in June 1980, Williamson did not attend the hearing on December 5, 2016, nor was he repre- sented by legal counsel. Williamson was convicted of buggery, indecent assault and gross indecency. He was sentenced to four years' im- prisonment. The criminal charges were ultimately stayed due to an unreason- able delay in the courts. The Court of Appeal did not overturn the factual findings made by the trial judge or the fact that a jury had found Williamson guilty. The Supreme Court of Canada only dealt with the issue of unreason- able delay and did not consider the factual findings made by the trial judge. The Discipline Committee panel found Williamson guilty of profes- sional misconduct and ordered that his Certificate of Qualification and Registration be revoked. It also imposed a $5,000 fine and costs of $10,839. The panel imposed the fine for a number of reasons. It found that the member's conduct was one of the worst violations a person in a position of trust could commit upon a child. Williamson showed no remorse for his conduct during his criminal trial, did not acknowledge the tremendous damage his abuse had inflicted upon the victim, and did not participate in the College proceeding. The panel found the costs were war- ranted given Williamson's rationale for failing to participate in these proceed- ings — namely that he was financially secure and did not plan to teach again and, therefore, did not need to engage in the College's processes. By failing to communicate or en- gage in discussions with the College, Williamson required the College to incur the full costs of a contested hear- ing, which placed significant emotional burden upon the witness in this case. In its decision, the panel stated, "The Member abused a vulnerable child who saw him as a father figure. The Member has preyed on a child for his own sexual gratification, and he should never again have the privilege of being certified as a teacher in Ontario." The panel added that the sustained sexual abuse had a significant detriment- al effect on the victim's mental health and his quality of life. The abuse dam- aged him psychologically and caused him lifelong pain. PS Copies of the full decisions are available at oct-oeeo.ca /decisions.

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