November 2014 Election for Board of Directors 2014-15

A new ECOO Board of Directors, 2014-15 is scheduled to be announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held on Thursday, November 6 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls in Room 201. The meeting will begin at 5:00 pm ET.

Between now and the AGM, ECOO members are invited to elect their Board from the nominees listed below.

  • We are using an online election system to tabulate our votes.

  • Members have the option of voting online or at the ECOO Annual General Meeting.

  • Members will receive an email with voting instructions. You can only vote once and your voting choices will remain anonymous.

  • The online voting runs until 5:00 pm on November 6th, 2014 Eastern Time (US & Canada).

  • New ECOO members who have registered for the conference after September 29 will only have the option of voting in person at the AGM.

Andrew Forgrave

Chair, Nominations Committee

 

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List of Nominees

The members who have accepted nominations for positions on the ECOO Board of Directors, 2014-15, are listed below.  An election will take place to determine the members who will serve on the 2014-2015 Board in the roles of Director-At-Large (4 members to be elected in this inaugural year for this role).

Biographies for each of the nominees are provided at the bottom of this post.

Nominees for President (1 Candidate)

  • Mark Carbone (ACCLAIMED)

Nominees for Vice-President (1 Candidate)

  • Cal Armstrong (ACCLAIMED)

Nominees for Treasurer (1 Candidate)

  • Daniel Ballantyne (ACCLAIMED)

Nominees for Secretary (1 Candidate)

  • Douglas Sadler (ACCLAIMED)

Nominees for Director-At-Large (8 candidates for 4 positions*)

  • Peter Beens

  • Zoe Branigan-Pipe

  • Alana Callan

  • Donna Fry

  • Colin Jagoe

  • Tim King

  • Peter McAsh

  • Jane Mitchinson-Schwartz

 

*In the inaugural year of this role (2014-15), we will elect 4 members to this position. The two members receiving the highest number of votes will serve for a two-year term. The remaining two will serve a one-year term in this first year only. In subsequent elections starting in 2015-16, two Director-At-Large positions will be elected annually for two-year terms.

Biographies of the Candidates

 Nominees for President (1 Candidate)

  • Mark Carbone (ACCLAIMED)

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I am currently serving as the CIO of the Waterloo Region District School Board.  With 33 years experience in K12 education as a teacher, consultant and IT leader I believe that I bring a wealth of knowledge to the ECOO membership in terms of bringing instructional needs and IT together in a technology enabled learning world.  I share my learning at blog.markwcarbone.ca   I would welcome the opportunity to lead ECOO for the 14/15 school year and build on the excellent work that has been done over the last few year.   ~Mark

Nominees for Vice-President (1 Candidate)

  • Cal Armstrong (ACCLAIMED)

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous four ECOO conferences as I worked with the Conference Committee and the presenters to create great programs for attendees; the ECOO organization attracts amazing people to it by dint of the energy and enthusiasm of each of its members.  Ontario has remarkable educators who are willing to share and help others learn and, through the office of Vice President, I would hope to encourage those I know, and those I have yet to meet, to find, expand and enhance their voice through ECOO all year long.  As a classroom teacher, a technology integrator and a professional development specialist I have many (good grief, so many) years of experience bringing diverse groups together to find common ground, varied strengths and shared goals and so, in the middle ground between President and Director I hope to ensure that ECOO benefits, to the utmost, the community of learners in Ontario and serves as a model to those beyond our borders.

Nominees for Treasurer (1 Candidate)

  • Daniel Ballantyne (ACCLAIMED)

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Serving as treasurer on the ECOO Board of Directors during the past year as been a rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. I have enjoyed expanding my personal learning network through collaborating with the other directors and members of the conference committee. Most importantly, I believe the Board has developed a strategy to build on the tremendous goodwill associated with the Bring It Together Conference to expand ECOO’s role within publicly funded education in Ontario. This strategy was neatly summarized by Doug Sadler with the acronym A.C.T.

  • Advocate

  • Connect

  • Technology-Enabled Learning

As treasurer I see my role as providing sound fiscal management to ensure that ECOO has the resources to support this mission. That is why I have advocated providing support for the increasing number of EdCamps in Ontario. While our annual conference demands the majority of our attention as directors, I would like to see ECOO develop into a network of events and partnerships with the conference as the hub.

It is with careful consideration and this framework in mind that I have put forward my name for the position of Treasurer. I hope to continue to serve the interests of the ECOO membership as we collectively pursue this strategy.

Nominees for Secretary (1 Candidate)

  • Douglas Sadler (ACCLAIMED)

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First I would like to thank my fellow board members for their service and fellowship.  I enjoyed serving as Secretary 2013 -2014 and would like to seek re-election.

I am currently a 1/2 time Vice-Principal at a secondary school and and ½ time I.T. Administrator for the Windsor-Essex Catholic.District School Board. My duties include, oversight on special projects, Administration of GAFE, Training of GAFE, and Development of GAFE.

​Some different experiences I have encountered:

  • ​Co-Chaired​ the RCAC Symposium for the last 3 years

  • Facilitated our Board Tech Summit for Teachers for the last 2 year

  • ECOO Board Member 2013 – 2014

​​I am a firm ​believer​ in keeping an open mind with IT decisions and I am not affiliated with any vendors.  The best tool to improve student learning is my choice. I support more activities in between conferences so members can stay connected and keep on learning.

I am asking you to please support my nomination and vote for me as the ​​ECOO ​Board of Directors Secretary.

Nominees for Director-At-Large (4 positions, 8 candidates)

  • Peter Beens

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Peter Beens has been teaching Computer Technology, Communications Technology, and Computer Studies in Ontario for 22 years. Having participated in ECOO conferences for many years, Peter will bring additional expertise to the Board from his work with the Association for Computer Studies Educators (ACSE), the Ontario Council for Technology Educators (OCTE), the OTF Curriculum Forum, and his time as an Education Officer at the Ministry of Education. Many attendees from last year’s #ECOO13 Bring IT Together conference will recall the memorable photowalk led by Peter in and around Niagara Falls.

  • Zoe Branigan-Pipe

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Zoe Branigan-Pipe is an Itinerant Teacher of Gifted in the HWDSB and a pre-service Instructor at Brock University’s Faculty of Education. She has shared her learning with educators across Ontario, ISTE, and overseas. She is a co-founder of the unplugd.ca Education Summit, a TEDxOntarioEd speaker, a member of GamingEDUs, and a recipient of the Microsoft Educator Award.

  • Alana Callan

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Alana Callan is a learning technologist in the Centre for Learning & Teaching at Fleming College in Peterborough. Alana has served on the ECOO Conference Committee for the past two years, and as an avid runner, hosts the Friday Morning Run along the Falls at the ECOO Bring IT, Together conference in Niagara Falls.

  • Donna Fry

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Donna Fry has worked as teacher, department head, principal, and now Education Officer with the Ministry of Education. As a champion for continual learning, she has been an ardent supporter of Ontario #edCamps and is a co-lead of OSAPAC’s #OSSEMOOC, the online learning community for Ontario School and System Leaders.

  • Colin Jagoe

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Colin Jagoe is a secondary teacher with the Kawartha Pine-Ridge District School Board. He has served as a science/technology consultant for his board, and has presented at both the ECOO and STAO conferences in recent years. Colin has shared his expertise with educators at the Minds On Media sessions at both ECOO and the OTF/FEO Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century conferences. Colin has enthusiastically played his guitar at all 3 of the annual #ecooJam sessions.

  • Tim King

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Tim King is a high school teacher of computer engineering, English and digital arts. As a former art student turned millwright / computer technician, Tim subsequently studied English and philosophy and now enjoys life as a published writer, itinerant philosopher, and motorcycle rider.

  • Peter McAsh

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Peter McAsh attended the very first ECOO conference in 1980. As a member of the ECOO Conference Committee, Peter has supported the smooth running of the organization’s annual conference, and has championed the promotion of the conference via social media. Recently retired from teaching, Peter continues to devote time in support of colleagues and the ECOO membership.

  • Jane Mitchinson-Schwartz

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My background in media production and communications have aided me in my current position of Communications Manager for ECOO and I am hoping to continue in this position as a Director-at-Large. I have learned a lot in this position and hope to continue working with the Board of Directors to bring you information about our organization.

I have been teaching Communications Technology for 17 years and have a Masters in Media Production from Ryerson University. My experience in web design has developed through teaching Comm Tech students and creating several sites over the years. I have acquired publishing skills and have a good working knowledge of software programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, used to aid in the production of promotional materials. I am engaged and active in social networks in the educational sector. Lastly, as a former member of the news media in St. Catharines, Hamilton,Toronto, and Kitchener I am quite familiar with how to generate news release content that interests media organizations.