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40 Professionally Speaking | March 2018 MARCH 5 – APRIL 9 , 2018 YOU DECIDE 2018 Be a voter! It's never been easier Get to know the candidates Candidate information Online • Go to oct.ca and click "Vote Now." • Log into your Members section account. • A ballot will appear with the positions you are eligible to vote for. • Select the candidates of your choice. • A link beside each candidate's name will take you to their biographical information. You can also link to candidate blogs and the online forum for further information and discussion. You are not required to vote for a candidate for every position. The votes you cast are counted. Your ballot is registered as unmarked if you decline to vote. • Review your ballot choices. • When you are satisfied with your selections, click "Finish/Cast My Ballot" to submit your votes. By mobile app • Open the OCT Membership app.* • Log in. • Tap eVote 2018. • A ballot will appear with the positions you are eligible to vote for. • Tap the Council position you wish to vote for. • To learn more about the candidates, tap their name. • Select the candidate of your choice by tapping the circle beside their name. • Tap "Continue" to return to your ballot. • When you have voted for the last position, tap "Review Choices." • Tap "Submit Vote." Vote online Electronic voting in the Council election begins on Monday, March 5, 2018, at 9 a.m. (EST). It continues until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Monday, April 9, 2018. As a College member in good standing, you may cast votes for up to four positions, depending on your current employ- ment. You are not required to vote for all these positions. If you believe that you have an incorrect ballot, please contact the information line before submitting your votes. Access your ballot through your private account in the Members section of the College website at oct.ca. W ant to know what the candidates are thinking? What are their hopes for the profession? What difference do they believe they can make to the governance of your regulatory body? Check out the candidates' blogs; join in the conversation. Go to oct-oeeo.ca/candidates to see who's sharing their views and who are using the online forum to answer your questions. As part of the election protocol, the candidates were invited to respond to three questions: 1) How can the College — and you specifically — work to achieve its strategic prior- ities? Please choose a priority and discuss. 2) What can the College do to promote the public interest in the teaching profession? 3) What knowledge, skills and experience do you have that will contribute to the College's fulfilment of its mandate? Candidate blogs and comments on the forum appear online as submitted. Unless the candidates themselves have provided answers in English and French, the College does not translate the text provided. All Council election communications can be seen at oct.ca. T he Registrar has determined that all candidates are eligible to be nominated for the position for which they are listed. Biographical and other candidate information re- flects what they provided to the College in their nomination forms. Additional information regarding candidates is available at oct-oeeo.ca/candidates. This includes the candidates' answers to three questions posed by the Governance Committee, candidate blogs and an online forum. This is your chance to be a good professional citizen by participating in the Council election. Your vote is your voice in your professional licensing body. By electing members to Council, you help to determine College direction and its far-reaching impact on matters including: • reviewing and recommending regulatory change such as: • The Protecting Students Act, 2016 • The enhanced teacher education program; • reviewing content for Additional Qualification guidelines. The electoral process enables you to discuss these issues and more with the candidates and with your colleagues. Your votes determine the leaders who — acting in the public interest — decide how to best govern Ontario's teaching profession. IT'S YOUR COLLEGE *If you don't have the app, go to oct-oeeo.ca/collegeapp.

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