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Election 2023: Know the roles and responsibilities of Council and Council members

Election season is fast approaching at the College. One of the benefits of being registered professionals is that RECEs have a say in the governance of their profession. Members in good standing can nominate candidates for Council or run themselves.

The College is governed by a 24-person Council that includes 14 RECEs elected by members, who serve 3-year terms. Elections will be held in 2023 in the North and Northeast Region, East Region, and Central West Region. Nominations open in December 2022.

Diversity and inclusion are essential in governance and leadership to bring differing perspectives and experiences. These are necessary to effectively govern a profession as diverse as the children and families of Ontario. The College’s Commitment to Anti-Racism informs all of our work, and RECEs with related expertise or who identify as members of marginalized communities are particularly encouraged to consider running for Council.

Read more on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the governance of the profession, here.

Council members strengthen their understanding of governance, help establish the College’s professional standards, and uphold its regulatory mandate of protecting children and families.

Council is responsible for:

  • Protecting the public interest by establishing entry to practice requirements, ethical and professional standards, and processes for addressing professional misconduct and incapacity;
  • Regulating the profession by overseeing policy development and the administration of College affairs.

Council members are responsible for:

  • Attending Council meetings;
  • Serving on committees; and
  • Setting aside time to read the agenda and meeting materials prior to the meetings.

Council members are required to participate in 10-20 meetings annually and possibly more depending on the member’s involvement in committees. Meetings are held during business hours and Council members receive a per diem honorarium intended to recognize their participation and to partially off-set the cost of their contribution to the profession of early childhood education.

To learn more about the responsibilities of Council members, watch the Pre-Election Preparation Module

Take Action

If you are an RECE in District 1, 2 or 6 and believe you would be a great candidate for Council, nominate yourself for election. You could also encourage a colleague to run.

Nominations open on December 14, 2022.

For more information and election updates, visit our website and share it with your RECE colleagues.