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ALUMNI & FRIENDS

Meet our OISE Alumni Association Table Officers (2020-2022)

 

Matt Stodolak, MT '17
President  
♦  Chair, Giving Circle Committee

mstodolakMatthew Stodolak is an educator, researcher and musician whose main goal is to create positive impact in the most efficient ways possible. He has a diploma and degree in music from Mohawk College and McMaster University, respectively. Most recently he completed his Master of Teaching at OISE, where he was the President of the MT Student Association and represented the dynamic needs of U of T’s largest graduate program. As a result of his work at U of T, he was awarded the Gordon Cressy Award for Student Leadership. He is currently a teacher with the TDSB. Outside of education, he is an active researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital examining the cognitive reserve in the brains of aging musicians and artists. A professional musician himself, Matthew has worked for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Academy Orchestra and Drayton Entertainment as a pianist, arranger and composer. Follow him: @MattStodolak (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube) and on his website: www.mattstodolak.com.

 

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Nikoletta Papadopoulos, MEd '13
Vice-President, Internal

npapdopoulosNikoletta Papadopoulos is a higher education manager who is passionate about connecting individuals with learning opportunities that contribute to their professional and personal growth. Since graduating from OISE with an MEd in 2013, she’s worked across diverse education programs at Sheridan College, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. She is currently a Manager of Graduate Student Recruitment at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson. In her role, she implements recruitment strategies and manages admissions processes and marketing for all of the Graduate Programs. As a volunteer of the OISE Alumni Association, she’s taken the lead on organizing OISE Alumni Reunion events, supported the work of the Mentorship Committee, secured donations and raised money for the Professor David Booth Memorial Bursary, represented OISE as a Member of the College of Electors and served as Treasurer before starting her term as Vice-President, Internal. In 2019, she was an Arbor Award recipient. Nikoletta also volunteers as a Networking Lead for the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders, a professional learning network for international higher education professionals.

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Jamie Philip, MEd '16
Vice-President, External

jamie philipJamie Philip is an educator and life-long learner. She has worked in many roles in education including by not limited to elementary and secondary teacher, Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and Teaching Assistant (TA). Jamie completed her undergraduate honours degree at U of T Mississauga, and continued to attain an ECE diploma from Sheridan college in 2010. She then went on to complete a BEd from York University in 2015 and an MEd in developmental psychology and education, with a certificate in educational policy at OISE in 2016.

Jamie is an elementary teacher with the DPCDSB. She is interested in promoting equity and social justice and works with her school community and her school board to do so. Mental wellness for staff and students is also of high interest to Jamie. She has spent the past couple of years learning more about mental health and wellness, what it looks like and how we all can support it. Over the past few years she has ran several extracurricular groups for students to focus on and discuss equity and wellness for all members for her school. Jamie is also very involved with her teacher union and was the face her union's campaign this past school year. When indulging in some down time, Jamie enjoys a good barre or ballet class or a long hike or jog.

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Janet Fu, PhD '11
Treasurer

janet fuJing Fu (known as Janet) received her doctorate from OISE. She has been teaching at the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and other universities for more than two decades.

Dr. Fu also has a diploma in accounting and business administration. She is proficient in Microsoft Office suites (e.g. Words, Excel, and PowerPoint), SAP, Sage 50, Simple Accounting, and Quickbooks. She worked as Treasurer at an accounting firm and the Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE) for many years.

During her time as Treasurer, she worked full-cycle bookkeeping and payroll administration, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, performed reconciliations, prepared ROE, created financial statements, and many other accounting-related duties. Furthermore, Dr. Fu is passionate, independent, and accurate in her work. She is honoured to serve OISE alumni and friends. 

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Amy Christine Parker, BEd '79
Secretary

aparkerWith an interest in communication and a belief in equitable education, Amy completed studies at OISE in 1979 and started working at Peel District School Board in 1986. Attracted to the program in Theological Studies at U of T's Trinity College, she felt supported by the ambiance of her peers while attending weekly evening classes. A Master of Arts degree in nineteenth century French literature followed.

Now retired, Amy participates in musical ensembles and works on translation and writings for literary and science events in Toronto, in Michigan, and in places as far away as France. She has begun doctoral level research at OISE which involves recognizing the affective influence of family and culture on second language acquisition in young children and observing how storytelling promotes this relationship. Equally important has been the opportunity since 2006 to work with the caring individuals on the OISE alumni executive.

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Cindy Sinclair, MEd '09, PhD '17
Immediate Past President

cindy sinclairCindy is the immediate Past President of the OISE Alumni Association. She is a proud two-time OISE graduate and former staff of OISE and the University of Toronto for 30+ years. She is an educator, researcher and global education strategist. She is Founder and President of Sinclair Consulting Services. Cindy intuitively saw the threads that wind through OISE to bind its alumni and students into a growing alumni family. Since joining OISEAA in 2010, she spearheaded career planning/networking programs for students and alumni; organized alumni reunions emphasizing arts, education and the law in education; international alumni receptions in Ghana, Kenya, Hong Kong and Italy; international alumni fireside chats and global education and diversity meetings with the goal to inspire internationalization and the multi-diverse interests of alumni and students. Cindy takes pride in giving back to OISE and bringing alumni back home to their alma mater, from near and far.


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