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Introducing the 2009-10 STU Executive

On September 23rd the OISE Student Teachers’ Union elected the 2009-10 Executive at the first General Assembly. More than 60 Class Representatives from each cohort/option were introduced to the candidates and elected the following positions on behalf of their classmates.

The new Executive will be planning events, activities, athletics, and opportunities for students to engage with the community throughout the year. We welcome your suggestions, ideas, advice and input on how the STU can serve the students of OISE. Feel free to stop by our office (room 8-193) or send us an an email to stunion@oise.utoronto.ca or contact us via First Class with your comments and ideas!


robinPresident: Robin Hopson

Robin spent the past five years at McMaster University completing her M.A. in French and her H.B.A.&Sc. She is happy to be back in her hometown of Toronto and spending the upcoming school year with a phenomenal group of teacher candidates! Currently enrolled in the Intermediate/Senior program with teachables in FSL and Social Science, Robin’s past experiences being an undergrad TA as well as volunteering abroad in India, Venezuela and Burkina Faso are what led her to OISE. No matter what time or day, she can never say no to a competitive game of Scrabble, preferably accompanied by some milk and cookies. Her goal for the B.Ed. class of 2010 is to bring as many of us together as often as possible in a variety of initiatives: a friendly intramural game, an inspirational guest speaker or a fun night of letting loose on the dance floor. To make this year the best experience possible for you, please don’t hesitate to contact her with any questions, suggestions and/or concerns!

frankAthletics Coordinator: Frank Hua

My name is Frank Hua and I originally reign from Barrie, Ontario. Previously to coming to OISE I was a New Media Designer for The Source. I designed e-Learning courseware for over 800 sales associates across the country and was an administrator for their Learning Management System. I am currently enrolled in the B.Ed program Technical Education. I am aiming to teach Communication Technology once I am finished here at OISE and coach at the high school level. I ran for the Athletics Coordinator because I have a passion for sports and want to involve as many people as possible in any sports. My athletics’ background included playing on the varsity team for Georgian College as the starting setter from 2002-05. I also played competitive club volleyball in the OVA for the past 12 years. Adding to this, I was coaching in Barrie for the club system for 3 years. I was as well was the slo-pitch intramural convener while attending Georgian College. I feel with this passion for sports, experience with coaching and running leagues, being the Athletic Coordinator will be a great experience!

glenAthletics Coordinator: Glen Kurti

My name is Glen Kurti, and I am a teacher candidate in the Inner City SP1 Cohort. I did my undergrad at the University of Waterloo in engineering. At Waterloo, I was involved in a lot of sports related activities. I played intramural sports (such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, squash, tennis etc.) throughout all my terms. I was athletics organizer for the engineering society for a couple of terms, organizing events such as 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, Ultimate Frisbee tournaments, wheelchair basketball (fundraising event) etc. I also worked as the soccer convenor for the intramural league for the university as a whole. While at Waterloo, I was a residence life Don, where I was responsible to organize fun and educational activities for a very diverse group of student residents, as well as conflict resolution between students. I love sports, and I am looking forward to this year at OISE, and to being your athletic rep. Please do not hesitate to contact myself for any ideas you might have for future athletics events.

majaEvents Coordinator: Maja Pandurevic

My name is Maja Pandurevic. I recently graduated from the University of Toronto, doing a double major in Human Biology and French. I am very excited to be at OISE this year and to have the opportunity to meet so many new people. In my spare time I like to go out and experience different places in Toronto. For a more relaxing alternative, I like to read and swim. Throughout my undergraduate career, I was a frosh leader, an active member of multiple clubs and a regular at the events organized both by my college and the University of Toronto. Currently, I continue to volunteer at Toronto General Hospital and to tutor high school children in my spare time. In addition to being Events Coordinator, I am also Class Representative for the SP2 cohort. I am very organized, reliable and friendly.  As part of this year’s STU Executive, I look forward to many great events at OISE and getting to know even more people.

jayEvents Coordinator: Jason Teitelbaum

I look forward to bringing OISE students some great events over the next year. If you see me around school, feel free to say hello or tell me a joke or share any great event ideas you might have. I will go out of my way to make you feel comfortable, as a student here at OISE and as a future teacher. I am a man of my word and there is still ‘hope!’ I know that over the next few months, we will all be feeling stressed out with the workload that we have. Yet, even in this time of hardship, as we study to become part of the greatest profession in the world, we must rally together and find that HOPE! We must find that balance! I have learned that Toronto is a very special city full of great culture. There are many diverse people within our city, and this diversity is represented at OISE and is our strength. I will listen to all of the voices of our population and coordinate events that are entertaining and also educational. I have been actively involved in coordinating events throughout university. I really do enjoy meeting new people and look forward to seeing you at our events during the next year.

mahsaEquity Coordinator: Mahsa Ershadi

I immigrated to Canada with my family when I was a child. Fortunately, my fluency in English, French, and Farsi enabled me to somewhat bridge the gap to cultural adjustment. As Toronto becomes an increasingly colorful mosaic, the need to promote multicultural and intercultural dialogue in order to improve community cohesion becomes ever more important. Equity and social justice are core values that I share with OISE, and I hope to use my position as Equity Coordinator to encourage awareness and celebration of all types of diversity. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” – Ford.


anaEquity Coordinator: Ana-Marija Skiljevic

Hi everyone, my name is Ana-Marija Skiljevic and I am an I/S teacher candidate in cohort SP3: School, Community and Global Connections with teachables in English and History. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto with a major in Italian and a double minor in English and History.
As one of two Equity Coordinators this year, I am looking forward to organizing events that celebrate our cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, and religious diversity.

I believe that just like sport “without fairness is devoid of any meaning or purpose” life without equity is devoid of meaning and worst of all “can be a detrimental experience for its participants.” Carpe Diem

marySecretary: Mary He

Hello everyone! My name is Mary and I’m your fellow classmate and colleague enrolled in SP10, with Biology and Science as my teachables. I finished my undergrad at UofT this June, and I’m sticking around for one more year! I have a wide range of hobbies from playing musical instruments, computer graphics design, playing tennis to baking cakes. I feel passionate for this community and I will make sure to do my best to support the STU and help create a memorable year for all of you!

If you ever have any questions, comments or new ideas, feel free to drop me a line in person or via OISENet. Let’s get the communication & fun started!


juneSpeaker of the House: June Lee

Hi everyone! I’m a secondary school teaching candidate in the SP1 cohort, and also a part-time piano teacher. I did my undergrad here at UofT in Materials Chemistry, and lived in placePlaceNameNew PlaceTypeCollege for all four years, so I know the area pretty well. I love to read, write, sing, play video-games, do crafts, write to my penpals, and just hang out with friends. I do a lot of knitting, some for friends, some for charity, and some for me. This year, I hope to learn a lot and do a lot – I can’t wait to get into schools! I hope I can help out in some extra-curriculars during my placements – spread some joy and promote a lot of leadership. I’m a commuter this year, so if you live on the west end of the GTA, maybe I’ll see you on the subway sometime!


aliExternal Coordinator: Ali Ghafoor

My name is Ali Ghafoor and I recently finished my Honors B.Sc. Specialist in Biology from University of Toronto. My teachable are Biology and General Science and like everyone here at OISE, i hope to become a great teacher one day and inspire my students about Science as my teachers inspired me!
I have been actively involved with various clubs, organizations and unions throughout my education and I am absolutely delighted to be part of STU this year! I, along with my fellow executives, hope to make OISE a memorable experience for all of us!


annaExternal Coordinator: Anna Mather

First of all, hello to everyone and welcome to OISE!  My name is Anna and I am one half of your external coordinating team.  I completed my undergrad here at U of T (Political Science and Sociology) and completed my Masters at the London School of Economics.  There I developed a love for all things soccer as well as a rousing debate.  I look forward to meeting as many people as possible as well as working with everyone to make this year an incredible experience for all!




External Coordinator: Sana Zareey

My most influential teachers were my English and Drama teachers, so I always had an ambition to be and English and Drama teacher! …but, I ended up doing Electrical Engineering.  After completing my degree I was excited to start working in the ‘real world’. Two years later the novelty had wore off. Now, don’t get me wrong, the experience I gained working for a corporation as a project engineering is invaluable. But I never loved it.  It never excited me. What I did love, and what did excite me was being a volunteer facilitator for a youth group, being a Big Brother, being a support worker for the disabled, being a physics tutor. What I loved was anything involving education. I decided, after much personal reflection and consultation with loved ones, to leave engineering and dedicate my life to Education. My goal is to pursue a doctorate in education and, within the context of low income urban areas, to concentrate my efforts in uprooting systemic causes of injustice, while working with communities and individuals to build capacity such that it empowers them to be positive and constructive leaders. 



angelaTreasurer: Angela MacLennan

Angela MacLennan joins OISE’s STU team with an extensive background of educational, employment and volunteer achievements.  She has completed a two year Business-Accounting Diploma at Georgian College, an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree at McMaster University and a Masters in Public Administration from Queen’s University.   Angela has also worked in the fields of policy and finance with organizations such as the Ontario Ministry of Education and NEBS Business Forms Limited.   In addition she’s volunteered as a Board Member of organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Raising the Village.  Angela also loves to travel and has adventured, studied and volunteered in destinations all over the world including Ecuador and Sweden.   She encourages you to stop by the STU office at any time and looks forward to the opportunity to meet with you and to make 2009/2010 a fantastic year!

leslieMedia Coordinator: Leslie McBeth

Since graduating from McMaster in 2004, I have been working in development, communications and event planning for non-profit organizations in Geneva, Switzerland and in New York City. In 2008, while working on a civic engagement curriculum for at-risk grade 9 students in Brooklyn, I was reminded that I my true calling is in education, which brought me back to Canada and to OISE. Outside of work, I enjoy knitting, sewing, exploring cities and architecture, playing softball, and cooking for friends. If you can’t find me around OISE, I am likely running the streets of Toronto with the U of T Triathlon Club. Currently, I am training for the NYC Marathon to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research. I look forward to serving the OISE community this year with creative communications and I invite all OISE students to utilize the STU network to spread the word about your events & activities -- just stop by the STU Office or drop me a line at stunion@oise.utoronto.ca.


About the Executive:

In case you were wondering what exactly these positions entail, the job descriptions for these positions are as follows. Please feel free to contact any of us at anytime, thorugh First Class or in the STU Office!

Manages and supervises the affairs of the union and its relationship with the OISE/UT; is responsible for attending Faculty Council Meetings and providing the minutes.
Assists the President in many aspects of their portfolio and fulfils the duties of the President and other members of the executive when called upon.
Organizes all athletic events in which OISE/UT students wish to participate.
Programs and coordinates social activities of interest to OISE/UT students and Union members.
Coordinates events that promote awareness and celebration of cultural, ethnic, religious, sexual, social, economic and racial diversity; is also responsible for organizing an Equity event.
Coordinates the communication of the Executive and the rest of the Union members; is responsible for recording, typing and distributing the minutes of every General Assembly and Executive meeting.
Chair General Assemblies and Executive meetings, ensuring that matters of importance are brought to the attention of both forums.
Act as a liaison between the STU and the U of T SAC, attending all meeting of the SAC Board, the Faculty Council, the University Affairs committee and report all findings to the STU Executive.
Represent class at General Assemblies and plan use of class funding.

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