Connexions Council Elections Office of the Registrar

Council Election: Process Changes for 2022

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The College is governed by a 24 person Council which includes 14 RECEs elected by the profession. The College is divided into eight electoral districts – or geographic regions – across the province. Each district, depending on its size, elects a specific number of members to Council every three years. The 2022 election will be held in district 5, Toronto Region (3 members) and 7, Hamilton /Niagara Region (1 member) for a total of 4 seats on Council.

Diversity is a key component of effective leadership; if you’re an RECE who is Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour, we especially invite you to consider running for a position on Council. Your unique experiences and perspectives add to Council’s ability to navigate the complexities of governing a profession as unique as the children and families it supports.

This year we have made some changes to the election process to reduce barriers to participation and give members an opportunity to better understand the mandate of the College and the role of Council before deciding to run.

All members who wish to run for election (both new and returning Council members) will be required to view a Pre-election Preparation Module. This video, which will be available online in English and French, will provide important information about the work that Council does and the desired skills and competencies of Council members. It will give potential candidates the opportunity to assess their alignment with the College’s public protection mandate and their ability to meet the commitment required of Council members. Members who are not considering running but would like to know more about what Council does are also welcome to view the module!

To streamline the process and reduce barriers to participation in College governance, the requirement for candidates to have two College members as nominators has been removed. Therefore, candidates running for election will be self-nominating after reflecting on their ability to contribute. We do still encourage members to discuss this significant commitment with colleagues, mentors and employers prior to making a decision.

The preparation module will be available on the College’s website shortly before nominations open on January 26, 2022. All candidates will be required to confirm they have reviewed the video presentation when submitting their nomination form. In the meantime, for more information on the work of Council, visit our website.