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Notice: SEAC committee seeking new members

The OCSB’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is looking for new parent members for Fall 2017. SEAC is a standing committee that makes recommendations to the Board on all matters related to the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils.

Prospective members must be 18 years and older, have Canadian citizenship, and not be an employee of the OCSB. A letter of nomination (written by the director of the association you belong to) must be sent to the Director of Education Denise Andre and cc’d to the Superintendent of Special Education Manon Séguin.

For further information about joining SEAC, email the chair at

The committee is currently looking for members who belong to and would like to represent the following associations/groups. Community members representing organizations or agencies supporting children with special needs are also invited to apply.


  • Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
  • Easter Seals society
  • VOICE (for the hearing impaired)
  • Epilepsy Ottawa
  • Ontario Association for Children with Communication Disorders (OAFCCD)
  • Disability Advocacy Network of Eastern Ontario  (DANEO formerly UFEO)
  • Parents lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO – mental health)
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder of Ottawa (FASD)
  • Association for Bright Children (ABC)

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

All students require support from teachers, classmates, family, and friends in order to benefit fully from their school experience. Some students have special needs that require additional supports beyond those ordinarily received in the regular classroom setting. Ottawa Catholic School Board students who have behavioural, communication, intellectual, physical, or multiple exceptionalities may require special education services or special education programs to enable them to attend school and to benefit fully from their school experience. Such students may be formally identified as exceptional pupils. Our Board’s Special Education and Advisory Committee (SEAC) makes recommendations to the Board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils.

SEAC association representatives for 2014-2018

Our SEAC Committee is made up of community members, representation from local associations, parents, and trustees. Please view the Meeting Minutes for a full and current list of SEAC Committee members.


  • SEAC Committee Chair: Helen McRobbie, VIEWS for the Visually Impaired
  • Vice-Chair: Kim Peterson, Community Member at Large
  • Helene Lapointe-Jerome, Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders
  • Joanne Mayne – Down Syndrome Association National Capital Region (DSA-NCR)
  • Charlene White (alternate) – Down Syndrome Association National Capital Region (DSA-NCR)
  • Natasha Ell Saunders – Alternate Rep for Autism Ontario, Ottawa Chapter
  • John Johnson – Brain Injury Association (Ottawa Valley)
  • Mick Kitor – Autism Ontario, Ottawa Chapter
  • Cathy Miedema – ABC Association for Bright Children of Ontario
  • Mira Yasiri (alternate) – ABC Association for Bright Children
  • Scott Campbell (alternate) – VIEWS for the Visually Impaired
  • Susan Muleme – Community Member at Large
  • Jeffrey Willbond – Easter Seals Ontario
  • Traci Clarke – Community Member at Large

SEAC agenda and meeting minutes

SEAC meetings are generally held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Boardroom of the Catholic Education Centre, 570 West Hunt Club Road. From time to time, it may be necessary to change the regular meeting date due to other Board or department conflicts. Please be sure to check the dates below or call the Special Education Department at 613-224-4455 Ext 2351 to confirm the date. Links to the meeting agendas and minutes will be posted here as the documents become available.

SEAC meeting agendas and minutes 2017-2018

Date of MeetingAgendasMeeting Minutes
June 20, 2018
May 16, 2018
April 18, 2018
March 21, 2018
February 21, 2018
January 17, 2018View agenda
December 14, 2017View agendaView minutes
November 15, 2017View agendaView minutes
October 18, 2017View agendaView minutes
September 20, 2017View agendaView minutes

SEAC meeting agendas and minutes 2016-2017

Date of MeetingAgendasMeeting Minutes
June 21, 2017View agendaView minutes
May 17, 2017View agendaView minutes
April 19, 2017View agendaView minutes
March 22, 2017View agendaView minutes
February 15, 2017View agendaMeeting cancelled
January 18, 2017View agendaView minutes
December 14, 2016View agendaView minutes
November 16, 2016View agendaView minutes
October 19, 2016View agendaView minutes
September 21, 2016View agendaView minutes

Contact Us

Contact the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) directly by email at

You may also contact:

Special Education & Student Services
Phone: 613-224-4455 Ext 2351
Fax: 613-224-9153

Other useful resources

Find out more about our Identification, Placement and Review Committees (IPRC), the identification of exceptional students, special education programs, and provincial & demonstration programs.

View our Community-based Violence / Threat Risk Assessment Protocol: A Collaborative Response to Student Threat Making Behaviours.

Explore some more resources created by OCSB staff and members of our SEAC Committee for parents of students with special needs.

We have put together a list of websites below to help inform you about special education. Use these guides and resources to learn more about your child’s needs and how best to help them get the education they deserve.

Special Education Report

The Special Education Report covers all programs and services offered by the Ottawa Catholic School Board. The contents of the Special Education Report complies with the appropriate Ministry of Education’s standards, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Education Act, and all other relevant regulations.

Special education links

Ontario Ministry of Education website - Special Education
Caring and Safe Schools in Ontario
The Individual Education Plan (IEP) - A Resource Guide
This guide is intended to help teachers and others working with students with special needs to develop, implement, and monitor high-quality IEPs. A five-step process is recommended.
Planning Entry to School - A Resource Guide
This resource guide represents an effort to identify and build on existing effective practices and to translate evidence-based research into practical ideas and processes.
Shared Solutions: A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs
This resource guide is intended to help parents,educators,and students with special education needs work together to prevent conflicts, resolve them quickly, and allow students to develop their full potential and succeed in school.
The Association for Bright Children of Ontario, Ottawa Chapter
ABC seeks to increase the understanding of bright children at home, at school and in the community, and encourages the development of appropriate educational programs.
Autism Ontario, Ottawa Chapter
Autism Registry
The Registry for People with Autism is an Ottawa Police Service 2010 pilot project in partnership with the Ottawa Chapter of Autism Ontario.  The online registry promotes communication and gives police quick access to critical information about a registered person with autism. The Registry can provide police with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, known routines, favourite attractions or special needs of the individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).   This information can assist officers in communicating with, attending a residence of or dealing with an emergency involving an individual with ASD.
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
CHEO is a pediatric health and research center providing outstanding family-centered patient care, pioneering breakthrough research, and training the health care professionals of tomorrow.
Children's Mental Health Ontario
Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.
Down Syndrome Association National Capital Region
A source for local mental health help and events in Ottawa-Carleton.
Engaging Parents of Students with Special Needs
Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton (LDAO-C)
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting increased awareness and respect for persons with learning disabilities.
A Canadian charitable organization that supports a good life for people with intellectual disabilities.
Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders (OAFCCD)
Ontario Brain Injury Association
Support for those in our community who are living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI), along with their families, friends and caregivers, through advocacy, education, and services.
Ottawa Children’s Coordinated Access & Referral to Services
A case resolution mechanism designed to provide recommendations and referrals for families, children and  youth who have complex needs and are experiencing difficulties gaining access to support and services in the community.
Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre