Members in Districts 5 and 7 recently elected RECEs to serve on Council for a three-year term beginning in June 2022. As members of the 24-person Council governing the College, they will oversee policy development and make decisions related to entry to practice requirements, ethical and professional standards, professional misconduct, incompetence, and incapacity. Please join us in congratulating our new and returning Council members. Thank you to everyone who ran in the elections and those who voted.
Aliya Amin RECE District 5
Aliya works as a Program Support ECE at Victoria Village Children’s Services, where she advises on program supports to meet children’s needs. She is excited to bring her knowledge of the early childhood education field and her unique perspective to the important work of Council. “To think that someone of my Caribbean background and Muslim beliefs could affect positive change with other council members is an incredible opportunity that I knew I had to try to achieve!”
Katie Begley RECE District 5
Katie is a professor at the University of Guelph/Guelph – Humber (Toronto) and has over a decade of experience as an RECE and as an educator at several post-secondary institutions, where she educates students on topics such as professional issues, curriculum, leadership and inclusion. Through field practicum, Katie says, “I have gained invaluable knowledge and perspective about early learning across the GTA as well as circumstances that existing RECEs and new graduates face.”
Mark Francisco RECE District 5
Mark is employed at the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He believes in challenging himself to develop his personal and professional goals and has a passion for learning which he will bring to Council. He says, “it is a remarkable position to advocate and reflect diversity and equality”.
Kim Cole RECE District 7
Kim has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 35 years. She is the Executive Director at A Child’s World Family Child Care Services of Niagara. She has served on Council for the past three years, which she describes as a rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. ”It is my belief that as I continue to learn and share what I have learned from others, I will enrich the lives of those who I meet daily.”