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Meet the Candidates: OISE Alumni Association Elections 2020

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David F. Boshra, MT '20
Running for President

davidHello! I’m David F. Boshra, a MT 2020 graduate with past experience in university governance at U of T; most recently as the graduate student representative for the department of curriculum, teaching and learning in the OISE Council 2019/20, and a former undergraduate student representative of the UTM Campus Affairs Committee. Checkout my website to get to know more about me, my past experiences and my current goals at http://davidboshra.weebly.com/ and please feel free to get in touch with me whenever you’d like on Twitter @DavidFBoshra. I’m counting on YOU to make YOUR voice heard!

Why vote for me?

My goal as President of the OISEAA is to keep strong relations and ties among all alumni with OISE and to ensure we are still able to represent and voice our concerns to the institute we cherish. That we may benefit by developing and promoting ourselves through OISE. Further, to continue to create events and experiences that foster a lasting bond between alumni and alma mater. And to build meaningful volunteer experiences in governance, planning and community building for its members.

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Matt Stodolak, MT '18
Running for President

mattMatt Stodolak is a professional musician, marketer, and educator in the GTA. He is the Music Director at Canada’s Wonderland, and a frequent music contributor to a variety of theatre and corporate musical groups in Canada. His most recent projects include a musical titled The Key To Falling, and a web series titled Isolationships, both projects he has created with his partner. He is the founder of Boldly Media, a digital agency he is growing to become the largest in Canada by providing clients unparalleled reach, innovation and creative direction. In this role, he is responsible for creating unique web design, facilitating online advertising and acting as a producer for a variety of corporate videography project. He is also a high school teacher and brings the spirit of continuous growth to all that he does.

Matt is the Vice-President External of the OISE Alumni Association and is always happy to give back to this wonderful and generous community.

Why vote for me?

I believe I should be elected to lead the OISE Alumni Association as President because I know that I have the knowledge, experience and vision to help further the organization’s mandate. I am a proud alumnus of the Master of Teaching program, where I was the President of the Master of Teaching Student Association (MTSA) overseeing the programming, communication and advocacy of approximately 700 future teachers.

Since graduating from OISE, I have remained active as a researcher on the topics of artificial intelligence, online learning, and competencies. Most recently, I have been the lead designer on Teaching and Learning Online, a resource developed by OISE as a support to faculty during COVID-19. Finally, the past two years I have been the Vice-President External of the OISEAA and have been responsible for leading the creation of an alumni impact survey, chairing the fundraising committee and the creation of OISE’s donation Giving Circle which will be launching later this year. 

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Nikoletta Papadopoulos, MEd '13
Running for Vice-President (Internal)

nikolettaNikoletta Papadopoulos is a higher education manager who is passionate about connecting individuals with learning opportunities that contribute to their professional and personal growth. She graduated from OISE with a Master of Education in 2013. Since then, she’s worked across diverse education programs at Sheridan College, the University of Toronto and is currently a Manager of Graduate Student Recruitment at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. In her role, she implements recruitment strategies and oversees admissions processes for all of the Graduate Programs.    

For the past four years, she has volunteered for the OISE Alumni Association, taking the lead on organizing OISE Alumni Reunion events and supporting the work of the Mentorship program committee. Nikoletta also represented OISE as a Member of the College of Electors, a group of University of Toronto volunteers that are responsible for electing the Chancellor and alumni governors of the Governing Council. For the past two years, she has also served as the Treasurer of the OISE Alumni Association. During her term, she implemented an internal process to streamline incoming funding requests. Additionally, she secured donations for a raffle at an Alumni Reunion event that raised money for the Professor David Booth Memorial Bursary, which provides support to students at OISE in financial need. In 2019, she was an Arbor Award recipient.

Why vote for me?

As a member of the OISE Alumni Association leadership team, Nikoletta would work tirelessly to make connections with active association participants and cultivate the capacity within an already engaged group of members. Nikoletta’s strengths are in building relationships, organization and networking. If given the opportunity, she would bring these skills to the position of Vice President, Internal. She has been exemplary in leading the organization of alumni events, acting as an OISE alumni ambassador and fostering relationships with committee members. It would be an honour for her to contribute to the OISE alumni community by facilitating opportunities for members to engage, interact and stay connected. Nikoletta is grateful for the intellectual enrichment and development she experienced through her studies and volunteer work at OISE. She would love the opportunity to give back by serving on the alumni association. 

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Allison Ritchie, MT '11, PhD '18
Running for Vice-President (Internal)

allisonAllison Ritchie is a recent PhD graduate from OISE with a research focus in science education and learning sciences. During her time at OISE, she was an Ontario Graduate Scholar, a graduate teaching assistant in the Master of Teaching program, and an instructor at the OISE Student Success Centre. She has been in service of several student associations at the University of Toronto since 2011, including the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Student Association (CTLSA) and Graduate Student Association (GSA), working in the capacity of Vice-President. Currently, she works as an OISE lecturer and faculty advisor, working to improve access to learning opportunities and academic, social and mental health resources for graduate students. 

Why vote for me?

I have had many years of experience in student government, including volunteering for the Master of Teaching Student Association (MTSA) and CTLSA, as well as working for the GSA. Since I graduated from my doctorate, I have volunteered as an OISE alumni mentor and with the U of T Psychology Mentorship Program. I work in multiple capacities at OISE  including as a sessional lecturer, advisor and student liaison in CTL. As a result, I bring a unique perspective and positionality to the OISE Alumni Association, with a strong understanding of OISE's academic and social culture, as well as its administrative workings.

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Sabir Samee, MEd '17
Running for Vice-President (Internal)

sabirSabir Abdus Samee is a former teacher and an employment counsellor. He graduated from Richmond, the American International University in London (UK) with a BA degree in literature and completed an MA degree in English from Dalarna University (Sweden). Sabir completed an MEd in adult education and community development from OISE in 2017.

He was a university lecturer (faculty member) in Bangladesh from 2005 to 2010. He also taught at a Canadian private school from 2014 to 2015. Sabir is married to Hafsa Faruq and they have a son named Fahim Tajwar Samee. Sabir authored six books. His published books include Origins of the Bangladesh Army (2010) and White Man’s Burden in Rudyard Kipling’s "The Limitations of Pambe Serang," "At the End of the Passage" and "Only a Subaltern" (2005). 

Why vote for me?

I am coming to the OISE Alumni Association with the following strengths:

Experience in the education sector: I have a combination of over five years’ experience, managing co-curricular activities, volunteer management, academic advising, student counselling, student development, adult education and teaching. I advised and counselled students to assist them with their academic issues and concerns that were impacting their academic and professional goals. 

Experience in co-curricular activities and volunteer management: I've organized a students’ language, skills and career development club (English Society) for the students of English department at Manarat International University (Bangladesh). I successfully managed the club of 50 student members for five years. I appointed volunteer club leaders and delegated duties and responsibilities to them based on their strengths and expertise. For this club, I designed and facilitated workshops on English language development, higher education and career development.

Multinational experience: I studied in Bangladesh, UK, Sweden, and Canada. I have vast knowledge of different educational systems and different cultures.

Experience with alumni associations: I was the co-Chair of the Richmond University (UK) Alumni Leadership Committee in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In this position, I successfully maintained a communication channel with the university and alumni members. I successfully arranged three of Richmond's alumni reunions in 2003, 2007, and 2008.

If elected, I will improve the communication network with alumni association members, current volunteers and the OISE community. I will also improve the recruitment of new alumni members and volunteers. I will come up with ideas for new projects, events, initiatives of interest to all alumni, friends and community.

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Elzbieta Chmiel, MEd '17
Running for Vice-President (External)

elzbietaElżbieta Chmiel is a French Immersion teacher at Streetsville Secondary School. She speaks English, French and Polish and holds a BA in European Studies and a BEd in Intermediate/Secondary education. She has taught English and French in Canada, France and Poland to students of various age groups. Throughout her career she has worked for a collection of start-ups in media, marketing and hospitality, which led her to start Respice Finem, a writing and translation business. She is also the Founder & Executive Director of the 6rightest, a non-profit organization serving youth interested in entrepreneurship. She is passionate about providing students with opportunities to develop their talents and pursue their ambitions.

Why vote for me?

As an alumnus of OISE I would like to give back to the OISE community. Starting my teaching journey at OISE prepared me for and led me to the dream teaching position I have today. I believe I am an excellent candidate for the position of External Vice President because relationship building is my strong suit. Last year I organized and led a trip to France for students at my school. I liaised with a local high school in Caen and collaborated with an English teacher to organize an afternoon of activities and ice breakers, providing an enriching French-English cultural exchange for our students. Beyond the classroom, I have recently started a non-profit organization, called the 6rightest which will connect students interested in entrepreneurship with entrepreneurs across the GTA in a summer mentorship program. To this end I attend networking events and conferences to build relationships with potential mentors, partners and/or sponsors. I am skilled at initiating and maintaining strategic partnerships with individuals, departments and organizations. I believe that my experience, skillset and passion will contribute to the leadership of the OISE Alumni Association.

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Cindy Gouveia, PhD '18
Running for Vice-President (External)

cindyCindy Gouveia is an experienced professional who leads with dignity and humility, who is respectful and embraces diversity. She has a particular passion for stakeholder engagement, building partnerships and leveraging complementary assets. A leader who embraces accountability and inspires confidence, fosters performance excellence, and generates energy. Dr. Gouveia roots her leadership in the vision, mission, and values of the institution she serves.

She has devoted her work to developing a student-centered learning environment, to enable students to reach their greatest educational and career aspirations. Cindy’s track record demonstrates her ability to engage college, business, government and community stakeholders to become personally invested in student education and employment.

She understands the pivotal role of attracting the resources required to achieve a vision. She is well versed in aligning revenues and expenditures with operational and external realities to create innovative, cohesive, informed decisions, while promoting fiscal stability and responsibility within the political landscape of today. A driven performer whose results-oriented approach adeptly moves from vision and strategy to implementation and execution.

Cindy currently serves as the President of the George Brown College Foundation and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Guelph and a diploma from Centennial College.

Why vote for me?

I believe I can be a helpful to the OISE Alumni Association because;

- I would act as a role model and brand ambassador
- I can be helpful with fundraising and event activities and initiatives
- I have had international experience, and can connect with people globally respecting and honouring diverse thoughts and communication styles
- I am a proud alumni of OISE

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Mark Hauck, BEd '95
Running for Vice-President (External)

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Mark Hauck has a BA from the University of Toronto and an MA from McMaster University, both in political science. He graduated from OISE in 1995 with his BEd. While there, Mark was President of the OISE Student Union. He led a group of committed individuals to help enrich the faculty experience for students. For his efforts, Mark was the recipient of the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, and he received a Faculty of Education Commendation Award. Mark went on to assist with alumni relations for a couple years after graduation, before moving to BC for many years. While a student, Mark served on a committee led by former Dean Michael Fullen to merge the former Faculty of Education into what would become OISE today. Mark says it was a rewarding experience. 

Mark has been a teacher for over 20 years. He taught in an independent school in BC for two years. He then moved back to Ontario and taught at the Peel District School Board until now He worked at the Grade 7-8 and secondary levels. 

Before Mark became a teacher, he was a professional fundraiser. He started this career at a consulting firm. Mark was involved in multi-million-dollar programs involving universities, hospitals, religious institutions, and various social agencies across Canada. He then become the National Fundraising Director at Oxfam-Canada, and Vice President of Development at Habitat for Humanity Canada. I have served on many volunteer boards such as the White Ribbon Campaign, Paper Kite Children's Foundation and Shelterbox-Canada.

Why vote for me?

As my bio illuminates, I have several experiences in both education and financial development. In the not-for-profit world, the pursuit for philanthropic support is a fierce one. Organizations like OISE must work hard to raise both its profile and broad awareness to help ensure the Institute continues to be a vibrant space for academic research and excellence. The first and most importance place to seek partnerships is with OISE alumni.

To accomplish this task, the alumni association needs to build relationships with people as soon as they join OISE. The alumni association needs to reach out to people while they are still students, and grow and deepen this relationship when they graduate. These approaches need to be tailored to all OISE students and partners, whether they are teachers in training or students seeking graduate degrees in education. The alumni association must design activities, programs and events that are attractive to every type of OISE friend, starting with alumni.

I have a great deal of experience helping to develop and implement these types of programs. As a development professional, I worked on many programs that featured significant outreach to alumni. These included McMaster and even a high school in Ontario, where I led the campaign to raise money for a new auditorium.

It is for this wide array of experiences, that I believe I can help grow and lead the OISE Alumni Association. I thank you for your kind attention.

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Kristina Leis, MEd '17
Running for Vice-President (External)

kristinaTeaching isn't just in the public board! In fact, there is great value in alternative teaching, says Kristina Leis. From after school Lego programs to private high school classes, Kristina considers herself an alternative teacher. She is here to bring the other perspective, the philosophical considerations of differences, and lead toward an inclusive future of education for all learners, teachers, and educational policymakers. Her background is in distributive justice, which propels her vision for a unified curriculum including those with exceptionalities. After studying Canadian Law in Ottawa, while also studying philosophical thinking, ethics, and identity within education, Kristina brings a unique perspective of what it means to be a teacher in 2020.

Why vote for me?

I joined the OISE Alumni Association in November of 2018, after participating in the mentorship program, as a student as well as a mentor, and became a member at large using my skills of previously leading the Social Justice Education department within larger affairs during my Masters in Education as the external coordinator for the student caucus. I've assisted Cindy Sinclair, Matthew Stodolak, and others with committees such as the Fundraising committee, Global Education and Diversity committee and participated as a graduate representative for several events throughout the year. I assisted with writing minutes, preparing agendas and learned how the voice of OISE is speaking to their members and others outside of the community whom we welcome openly. I feel as though my understanding of creating connections and communicating with others is my strongest asset. I've seen this with the traction of my blog, and myself while being immersed in a community which encourages me to grow, while also showing me it is ok to be authentically myself.

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Jamie Philip, MEd '16
Running for Vice-President (External)

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Jamie 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. 

Why vote for me?

I believe that I should be elected to help lead the OISE Alumni Association because I want to be involved and I care about being involved. I have a passion for connecting with others working towards a common goal. This interest to help and work together is something that I do in all areas of my life, from my involvement with my teacher union to working with staff to create activities and clubs for students. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an OISE student and I would be honoured for the opportunity to give back.

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Wendy Quon, MEd '16
Running for Vice-President (External)

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Wendy Quon is an accomplished project management professional with extensive experience in all facets of leading the development and implementation of various projects and business initiatives. Possessing a strong business acumen, she has executed strategic planning in nonprofit organizations having led provincial and multinational teams in developing and implementing strategic operations, HR projects, education programs and initiatives. She has contributed to process improvements, program development and realignment of business functions in human capital and organizational effectiveness.

A strong advocate for education, she is a life-long learner offering knowledge in leadership, policy, project and change management, business management, and adult education complemented by 10+ years of proven leadership in legal, financial, education, government, and nonprofit industries.

During her studies at OISE, she worked at the Graduate Student Union as the Council Secretary and volunteered at the 2016 Graduate Student Research Conference as the Secretarial Coordinator. She is the managing principal of eduDesign Learning and Project Consultants Ltd., and currently provides professional services to Centennial College as a project specialist in an organizational alignment project. When she is not working, she volunteers as an Associate Director of Education at Save The Water, a nonprofit, charitable organization, with a mission to lead, design and develop educational programs and initiatives to raise public awareness on water issues.

Why vote for me?

I bring years of well-rounded experience in a variety of industries, including passion for delivering excellence in education.

I believe that communities and its members are most effective in a bilateral relationship that is fair, transparent and productive. In other words, communities are not without their members and members are not without their communities. As a bilateral relationship exists, it is essential for organizations and/or groups to provide services and ensure its members' success and vice versa for members giving back. Based on this belief, it is a civic duty to give back to the community after having a positive experience from the school that made me who I am today. I have volunteered tirelessly to multiple volunteer organizations for worthy causes, including environmental, health and the elderly. Volunteers are the backbone of most nonprofit, charitable organizations. Without them, they would not succeed.

This is why I would like to nominate myself for the VP of External role. I want to contribute to the development of OISE Alumni's external affairs to add value to the school and give its alumni members a reason why we should be proud of being an OISE Alumnus.

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Janet Fu, PhD '11
Running for Treasurer

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Dr. Jing 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 would be honoured to serve OISE alumni and friends. 

Why vote for me?

Based on my educational backgrounds and working experience in accounting, I believe I am the best fit to the Treasurer position. I always cross-check my works to ensure its quality. In addition to that, I am a great team player and work with clients and team members cooperatively and effectively. 

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Cindy Tsai, MEd '16
Running for Treasurer

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Cindy Tsai started her career as a Registered Dietitian in downtown Toronto after completing training from McGill University. In her practice with a diverse client population, she noticed how the range of literacy impacted their trust in the healthcare system. With a strong interest in improving healthcare delivery through meaningful education and communication, Cindy completed a Master of Education in developmental psychology and education from OISE in 2016.

Currently, she is a Panel Chair for the Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee for College of Dietitians of Ontario, which reviews concerns regarding members’ professional conduct and capacity to practice. Cindy also works as a Registered Dietitian at Sherbourne Health, providing health promotion and education to a client population consisting of newcomers, homeless/precariously housed, and LGBT2SQ communities. Outside of work, Cindy is a director on her condo board, and a member of the Toronto Letter Writers Society, which hosts monthly letter writing socials at Toronto’s First Post Office. 

Why vote for me?

As a graduate of OISE, I know first-hand the impact my education had on my overall growth as a person, expanding my mind and fostering an ongoing curiosity. It was the curiosity that brought me to the past few OISEAA meetings, where I observed the works done to connect and deliver valuable service to the alumni community. I believe the importance of giving back to the community, and I look forward to reaching out to many of the fellow OISE alumni I have met during my time of study, and through various other settings so we can collectively strengthen our bonds and promote one another in the work we do. 

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Amy Parker, BEd '79, PhD student
Running for Secretary

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Amy Parker is a retired Peel DSB French teacher who graduated with her BEd in 1979 and soon went into teaching elementary public school students. Amy has taught in Brampton for most of her career, but also in Palmerston, Kitchener, Scarborough, Brantford and Winnipeg. She lived in Guelph for most of her life, and lately in the same home her great grandfather built when they immigrated from England. With an interest in the nineteenth century, Amy decided to obtain a degree in French literature, and as a young parent, she found theology and involvement in church choirs to be interesting. Her aspiration is to bring her two grandchildren to the university campus to see a graduation – preferably her own from the Language and Literacies Education program at OISE in a few years, and in person.

Why vote for me?

As past Secretary of the OISE Alumni Association, I appreciate the openness of the democratic process that the association displays and believe that the Secretary's role is to ensure transparency and bring neutrality to the process. The task of writing while attending meetings is not unfamilar to me  it is similar to taking notes in a literature class, while having at the same time the responsibility to listen critically to the proceedings. I appreciate the ways in which the members of the association find ways to work together and move ahead with their efforts to add to alumni and student life.