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ALUMNI & FRIENDS

Alumni & Friends Portraits


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    Cindy Holmes, MA '00
    Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University
    Dr. Cindy Holmes is an interdisciplinary health scholar examining the intersections between violence, social inequity, health and place. Her most recent study explored violence prevention and intervention strategies in lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender communities.
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    Carrie Chassels, MEd '01; PhD '11
    WITH OISE I CAN FOSTER STUDENT SUCCESS
    After dedicated and distinguished service to OISE, as a Sessional Lecturer, Supervisor of Student Services, and Director, Student Services and the School-University Partnership Office, Carrie Chassels is leaving OISE to take up a new position in BC. She is the new Executive Director, Student Affairs at Vancouver Island University (VIU).
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    Pierre Piche, MEd '08; PhD '14
    OISE Alumnus, Dr. Pierre Piche wins the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge Award from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge is designed to reward high-quality graduate student research that is relevant to postsecondary education, training and labour market policies in Ontario. His submission was entitled, "Institutional Diversity in Ontario's University Sector."
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    Jeff Myers, MA '07; PhD '13
    New President of the OISE Alumni Association
    An international education industry professional, Dr. Jeff Myers brings to the OISE Alumni Association experience, passion and commitment to sustainable, meaningful and inspired community building.
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    Crispin Duenas, BEd '13
    Olympic archer Crispin Duenas, a teacher in the Toronto District School Board represented Canada at the 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games in Toronto He represented Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in Beijing and London. In 2013, he won the bronze medal at the Outdoor World Championships, a feat that hadn't been done by a Canadian in the Olympic division in over 40 years.
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    Trudy Sopp, MEd '76; PhD '82
    With OISE I can have a sophisticated understanding of systems thinking.
    The education I have received and the perspective I developed in my Sociology of Education studies, have prepared me to see the complexities of organizations and change interventions.
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    John Campey, BEd '97
    Energetic, out-of-the-box leader eager to listen and make connections with the community. OISE Alumnus, John Campey is the new Executive Director of the Ralph Thornton Centre in Riverside.
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    Edward Burtynsky
    One of Canada's most-acclaimed photographers, Ed Burtynsky is honoured with the the 2014 University of Toronto Arbor Award. He was a founding supporter of the Environmental Education Resource at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. This project gave birth to Natural Curiosity, a book distributed to every elementary school in Ontario. Ed has also established an annual award for Ontario teachers who demonstrate exemplary practice in teaching about the environment.
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    Jean-Paul Restoule, PhD '04
    Adding Aboriginal Perspectives in the Classroom
    Jean-Paul Restoule, associate professor of Aboriginal Education and program coordinator of Adult Education and Community Development in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, is looking for ways to include contemporary indigenous perspectives into the classrooms of today.
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    Karen Edge, MA '98; PhD '05
    Arbor Award Recipient
    Dr. Karen Edge is an energetic and committed OISE alumni ambassador in the United Kingdom. She played a pivotal role in organizing the Dean's Alumni Dinner in London. Her keynote presentation on "The Global Quest for Work/Life Balance: Emerging Patterns of Generation X" at the OISE Alumni Event in Toronto attracted over 100 alumni who attended in person.
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    Ashley Yoannou, MT '14
    New Chair of the OISE Mentorship Program
    Award-winning Master of Teaching graduate, Ashley Yoannou talks about about her journey and what being an OISE alumna means to her. She is committed to giving back to the OISE community and building a vibrant student and alumni network.
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    Scott Podrebarac, MEd '99
    Appointed as the new Superintendent of Education
    Scott Podrebarac joins the senior administrative team at the Halton District School Board as their newest Superintendent of Education. He is currently the principal of Clemens Mills Public School in the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB). Prior to this, Scott had system responsibilities for the full-day Kindergarten program, and had previously been principal at Southridge and Parkway Public Schools in WRDSB.
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    Silvia Birsan, MEd '00
    An outstanding volunteer of the OISE Alumni Association, Silvia Birsan is honoured with the 2014 University of Toronto Arbor Award.She served as Co-Treasurer (2012-2014) and Chair of the Spring Reunion Committee (2013). Her tireless efforts and superb planning skills helped make the event a great success. Always a ready participant, she has been involved in outreach activities that range from congratulating new graduates at Convocation to putting posters up across U of T for OISE lectures and events.
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    Mychael Danna, BEd '87
    OISE Alumnus is an Academy Award-winning film composer
    From "Family Viewing" to "Moneyball," Mychael Danna has put his composing talents to evocative use in a wide array of acclaimed and popular films. Many of his film scores have been issued as albums.
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    Kirk Perris, MEd '00; PhD '12
    Kirk has lent his leadership skills and irrepressible energy to OISE and its alumni association. As just one indication of his commitment, he has attended more than 100 committee and sub-committee meetings as part of executive council. Roles include a term as secretary and chairing a committee to revise the association's constitution and establish its by-laws. Kirk's value has been recognized with his appointment to the College of Electors where he represents OISE.
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    Sylvie Lamoureux, MEd '95; PhD '07
    OISE Alumna, Dr. Sylvie Lamoureux has been appointed to the Order of Ontario. She is an associate professor at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Lamoureux is also a dedicated teacher, researcher and spokesperson for French language education in Ontario. She has devoted her career to promoting conditions that ensure success for young Francophones throughout the province. Her research shows the weight of linguistic insecurity among Francophone students in Ontario during their postsecondary experiences.
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    Michael Salvatori, PhD '07
    CEO & Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers addresses Convocation
    Dr. Michael Salvatori is widely recognized as a champion of self-regulation in teaching, an advocate for Canada's regulated professions and a strong proponent of second language education.
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    Shaun Chen, MA '10
    Congratulations to OISE Alumnus Shaun Chen on winning the federal election in the riding of Scarborough North He is a fifth-year flex-time PhD student in OISE's Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education. His research areas include race and social inequality, equity education, and environmental sustainability.