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67 June 2018 | Professionally Speaking G O V E R N I N G O U R S E LV E S HEARINGS Copies of the full decisions are available at oct-oeeo.ca/decisions. She needs to do so prior to undertaking any teaching position or any other position for which a Certificate of Qualification and Registration is required. In its written decision, the panel stat- ed, "Members of the teaching profession are expected to provide students with a safe learning environment in which they can learn and develop." Member: Jody Lynn Page Registration No: 459322 Decision: Suspension, reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel suspended the certificate of Jody Lynn Page, a teach- er employed by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, for inappropriate physical contact with multiple students. Page, who was certified to teach in July 2002, attended the hearing on October 25, 2017, and had legal representation. The physical conduct included using her leg to strike a student in the shin. She was charged with assault and assault with a weapon. Both charges were subsequently withdrawn upon the member entering into a peace bond with conditions. The Discipline Committee panel found her guilty of professional misconduct. It ordered that her teaching certificate be suspended for two months and that she appear before the panel to receive a reprimand. In addition, Page was directed to com- plete, at her own expense, a course(s) covering classroom management, anger management and appropriate discipline techniques. She was directed to do so within 90 days of the order's date. In its written decision, the panel stated, "Members are expected to treat students with respect at all times and conduct themselves in a composed and professional manner, and to do so with- out using unnecessary physical force, even under challenging circumstances." Member: Alexander Jeremy Patry Registration No: 524076 Decision: Suspension, reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel sus- pended the certificate of Alexander Jeremy Patry, a teacher formerly employed by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, for a wide range of inappropriate conduct. This matter was heard by the panel on November 6, 2017. Patry, who was certified to teach in October 2007, attended the hearing with his legal counsel. Patry repeatedly met with a student alone in his classroom and, on at least one occasion, discussed personal issues with that student behind closed doors. Over the course of a couple of months, he also exchanged inappropriate electronic communications with another female student, such as want- ing to hug her. He also offered her a gift. The Discipline Committee panel found Patry guilty of professional mis- conduct and ordered that his teaching certificate be suspended for six months. He was directed to appear before the panel to receive a reprimand. The panel also ordered him to successfully complete, at his own expense, courses on appropri- ate boundaries and boundary violation issues and professional ethics. He needs to complete the courses within three months after the date of the panel's order. In its written decision, the panel said, "The Committee is concerned by the Member's failure to maintain appropri- ate boundaries with these students." Member: Véronique Josee Vallée Registration No: 629289 Decision: Revocation A Discipline Committee panel revoked the Certificate of Qualification and Registration of Véronique Josee Vallée, a former teacher employed by the Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes Rivières, for sexually abusing a student. Licensed to teach in June 2012, Vallée did not attend the hearing on October 3, 2017, but was represented by legal counsel. Vallée engaged in an inappropri- ate personal and sexual relationship with a student. She also engaged in inappropriate electronic communica- tions with the student. The Discipline Committee panel found her guilty of professional mis- conduct and directed the Registrar to revoke her Certificate of Qualification and Registration. In its written decision, the panel stated, "The Member abused the trust and authority associated with her role as a teacher and undermined public confi- dence in the teaching profession. As a result, the Member has lost the privilege of holding a Certificate of Qualification and Registration in Ontario." Member: David William Vesey Registration No: 145851 Decision: Reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel repri- manded David William Vesey, a teacher formerly employed by the Ottawa- Carleton District School Board. He re- peatedly failed to ensure student safety. This matter was heard by the panel on October 5, 2017. Vesey, who was certified to teach in September 1976, attended part of the hearing remotely via video conference. He had legal representation. His inappropriate behaviour occurred while he conducted demonstrations in his class. One demonstration was called "oxygen deprivation," which consists of placing a white plastic bag over a student's head. The experiment scared the student. The Discipline Committee panel found him guilty of professional miscon- duct and directed him to appear before it to receive a reprimand. It also ordered him to successfully complete, at his own expense, a course on safety procedures and maintaining a safe environment in the classroom. He needs to do so if he wants to teach or work in any position for which a Certificate of Qualification and Registration is required. In its written decision, the panel stat- ed, "Members of the teaching profession are expected to provide students with a physically and emotionally safe learning environment at all times." PS

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