Special Education Advisory Committee

  • Meets on the first Wednesday of every month from September to June
  • Meetings are open to the public. Contact Connie Trotter at [email protected] for a virtual meeting link
  • Participates in the annual review of the Board’s Special Education Plan
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to the Board on issues concerning the special education budget

Why Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)?

The Education Act of Ontario requires that:

  • S57.1(1) “Every district school board shall establish a special education advisory committee.”
  • Reg. 464/97 s.11(1) “A special education advisory committee to a board may make recommendations to the board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils of the board.”

Information about Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

The Ministry of Education has posted information for parents about IEPs. See their Individual Education Plans page for more information. 

Special Education Advisory Committee Members

Members: Representatives and alternates from local associations for 2023-2024

Voting Members and Alternates

  • Julie Welch: Community Services Coordination (CSCN); Chair
  • Katie Ansley: OPVIC (Ontario Parents for Visually Impaired Children); Vice Chair
  • Michael Bannerman: Trustee
  • Patricia Smith: Trustee
  • Val Millson: Huron Perth Centre
  • Trevor McGregor: Community Living Stratford & Area
  • Jennifer Doak: Community Living Central Huron
  • Sarah Cappie: Family Services Perth-Huron
  • Amanda Brown: Community Living St. Marys & Area

Non-Voting Members

  • Christina Van Poucke - Principal Rep
  • Julie Hohner - Vice Principal Rep
  • Kathryn Boyd: Superintendent of Education
  • Marie McDade, System Principal
  • Tracey Swart, System Principal

Alternate Members

  • Joseph Cohen: Trustee
  • Deborah Logue: Trustee
  • Jennifer Azzano and Cathy Graham: Huron Perth Centre
  • Jennifer Costello: Community Living St. Marys & Area
  • Katie Fox: Community Living South Huron and Area
  • Avrey Jantzi: Family Services Perth-Huron
  • Sarah Reid: Community Living Stratford Area
  • Tanya Bechard: Community Services Coordination Network

2023-2024 Meeting Dates

Meetings are held virtually on the first Wednesday of every month from September to June unless otherwise noted.

  • September 13, 2023
  • October 4, 2023
  • November 1, 2023
  • December 6, 2023
  • January 17, 2024
  • February 7, 2024
  • March 6, 2024
  • April 3, 2024
  • May 1, 2024
  • June 5, 2024 (date subject to change)
All meetings start at 4:00 p.m.

Nominations for Appointees

Local associations/organizations that work to further the interests and well-being of exceptional children or adults are encouraged to nominate a representative to serve as a volunteer on the AMDSB Special Education Advisory Committee. Members of SEAC are:

  • at least 18 years of age;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • live within the boundaries of the Avon Maitland District School Board (Huron and Perth counties);
  • and not an employee of the Avon Maitland District School Board.

Letter of Application is to be sent to:

Connie Trotter, Executive Assistant
Avon Maitland District School Board
62 Chalk Street North
Seaforth, ON N0K 1W0
Telephone:1-800-592-5437 extension 114
Fax: (519) 527-0222 or by email to: [email protected]

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