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June Discipline Decision Summaries

The Discipline Committee hears matters regarding allegations of professional misconduct and/or incompetence. When it makes a finding of guilt, a summary of its decision and reasons must be published in the College’s newsletter, Connexions, as well as on the College website and CanLii.

Kelly Anne Eusebio

DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE ORDER

Suspended Kelly Anne Eusebio’s Certificate of Registration (registration number 51642) for a period of six months

Terms, Conditions and Limitations on the Member’s Certificate of Registration that includes mentorship

Contribution of $1,000 towards the College’s prosecution and hearing costs.

Agreed Facts: Kelly Anne Eusebio (the “Member”) was employed as a Registered Early Childhood Educator at a child care centre (the “Centre”) in Brampton, Ontario. On one occasion, while working at the Centre, the Member exposed children under her care to emotional and physical abuse.

Specifically, two children were running around the classroom while the rest of the children were getting ready to go outside. When they did not listen to the Member as she shouted to them that it was time to get ready, the Member grabbed one child by the wrist and began to walk quickly with him. She also slapped the other child’s cheek, causing it to become red and causing the child to cry.

The incident was reported to the Centre Supervisor who contacted the Peel Children’s Aid Society (CAS) and Peel Regional Police. CAS verified the concern that the Member used excessive physical force, and the Member was cautioned by police for assault. As a result of the incident, the Member’s employment at the Centre was terminated.

The Member acknowledged wrongdoing and expressed remorse. She cooperated with the College’s investigation and pleaded guilty to all allegations. The above incident did not represent a pattern of behaviour, and the Member had no previous findings of misconduct.

Finding: The Member was found guilty of several acts of professional misconduct (Ontario Regulation 223/08), including, among other things, that she failed to maintain the standards of the profession,  that she physically abused a child who was under her professional supervision, that she psychologically or emotionally abused a child who was under her professional supervision, that she acted or failed to act in a manner that, having regard to the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, and that she acted in a manner that is unbecoming a member.

Penalty: The panel directed the College’s Registrar to suspend the Member’s Certificate of Registration for a period of six months and to impose terms, conditions and limitations on the Member’s Certificate of Registration, including mandatory mentorship sessions. In addition, the Member was required to contribute $1,000 to the College’s prosecution and hearing costs.

In its decision the panel stated, “The member used poor judgement and unnecessary, inappropriate

behaviour guidance in her interactions with these children. She ignored the advice of her

colleagues who said they would assist the two children after all the other children were ready.”

To read the full decision, click here.

Victoria Maria Alves

DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE ORDER

Suspend Victoria Maria Alves’s Certificate of Registration (registration number 04897) for a period of five months

Terms, Conditions and Limitations on the Member’s Certificate of Registration that includes mentorship

Contribution of $1,000 towards the College’s prosecution and hearing costs.

Agreed Facts: Victoria Maria Alves (the “Member”) was employed as a Registered Early Childhood Educator at a child care centre (the “Centre”) in Oakville, Ontario. On one occasion, the Member and other staff were supervising a group of preschool children in the playground. While intervening in an altercation between two children, the Member pushed a two-year-old child forcefully, causing the child to fall, and spoke to the child aggressively, causing the child to cry.

The incident was reported by the Centre to the Halton Children’s Aid Society (HCAS), which conducted an investigation and verified that the Member used inappropriate physical force on a child. As a result of the incident, the Member’s employment with the Centre was terminated.

The Member acknowledged her actions and displayed remorse. Her actions were an isolated incident: the Member has been registered with the College for nine years and had no previous incidents of misconduct. The Member cooperated fully with the Centre and the College, and pleaded guilty to the allegations.

Finding: The Member was found guilty of several acts of professional misconduct (Ontario Regulation 223/08), including, among other things, that she failed to supervise adequately a person who was under her professional supervision, that she verbally abused a child who was under her professional supervision, that she physically abused a child who was under her professional supervision, that she psychologically and/or emotionally abused a child who was under her professional supervision, that she failed to maintain the standards of the profession, that she acted or failed to act in a manner that, having regard to the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, and that she conducted herself in a manner that is unbecoming a member.

Penalty: The panel directed the College’s Registrar to suspend the Member’s Certificate of Registration for a period of five months. The panel also directed the Registrar to impose terms, conditions and limitations on the Member’s Certificate of Registration that includes mentorship. In addition, the Member was required to contribute $1,000 to the College’s prosecution and hearing costs.

In its decision the panel stated, “The Member cooperated with the College and, by agreeing to the facts and proposed penalty, has accepted responsibility. Having considered all of these factors, the Panel was satisfied that the proposed penalty in this case was appropriate and in the public interest.

To read the full decision, click here.

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