2022-2023 Catholic School Council Nominees

Your nominees for 2022-2023 Catholic School Council: 

For the Position of CHAIR:

Marcos Paulino
Marcos Paulino is an active member of #AuroraNewmarket and has worked closely with our communities since 2008. Has served on Catholic School Council in the Literacy and Numeracy Committees, has coached AYSC soccer teams, and served for over 5 years as Director of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Chaired several committees. Was the founder of the Aurora Chamber Tech Expo (Now the Business and Technology Summit) – Looking forward to serving the Sacred Heart CHS community. Please reach out, or connect with me for any and all issues to be addressed at council : https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulinochahin/
Bunmi Tomilola Osun
My name is Bunmi Osun, I am a support worker, my company name is Bunifard International, am from lagos Nigeria.
Rachel Egan
My name is Rachel Egan, my daughter is in grade 11 at Sacred Heart, and I have two children who have graduated from Sacred Heart. I have been an actively involved parent in my children’s schools for the last 16 years in various capacities at both elementary and high school. I am interested in participating as member of the CSC to support students, parents and staff in creating a vibrant community that supports student engagement and success. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to be involved and make a positive contribution to the Sacred Heart school community by being part of the CSC for the 2022-2023.

For the Position of Treasurer:

Ruth Corpuz
Ruth has been a member of Catholic School Council at Sacred Heart for four years. During that time she has held the position of Parish Representative (2018-2020) and Treasurer (2021-2022). Ruth earned her BBA at York University and holds a CPA, CA designation. Ruth also volunteers at various organizations including CAYR Community Connections (Treasurer), Girl Guides (Treasurer, 7th Newmarket Guides) and the Newmarket Food Pantry. Ruth is a proud graduate of Sacred Heart (Class of ’92).
Bunmi Tomilola Osun

(biography previously included)

For the Position of Secretary:

Bunmi Tomilola Osun
(biography previously included)

For the Position of OPACE Representative:

Bunmi Tomilola Osun
(biography previously included)

For the Position of Parish Representative:

Bunmi Tomilola Osun
(biography previously included)

For the Position of Voting Member:

Mary Jo Nabuurs
Have been an active member of SH’s parent council since my oldest arrived in grade 9 five years ago and am on a parent council in the elementary level as well. Enjoy supporting school initiatives while also keeping abreast of decision-making processes. In previous years I have been Secretary and the OAPCE rep and am looking forward to helping out again where I can.
Angela Kocot
Community Volunteer. Past Council Chair / Secretary Canadian Martyrs Catholic School. School Spirit Committee, Christmas Concert producer and choreographer. Pizza/Milk. School BBQ. Newmarket Scouting Maple Leaf Beaver Colony. Got some awards. Went to U of Waterloo for Geography. Wife of person with ALS. Advocates mask wearing.
Kimberly Cresswell
I am an Educator, with a Social Work background. I am a passionate supporter of youth mental health awareness and support, Neuro-diversity (especially ADHD, depression/anxiety), LGBTQ+, and genuine and authentic Equity and Inclusion for All.
Paula Maczuszenko
Former member CSC
Crystal Slattery
Crystal Slattery’s child just started grade 9 at Sacred Heart, but since the time her child started Kindergarten, Crystal was always active and engaged with daughter’s previous school. Crystal is a law clerk specializing in Family Law and what is in the best interests of children has always been her number one priority.
Janice Mellary
First and foremost, I am committed to contributing to finding ways to improve student achievement and to enhancing the accountability of the education system for all SHCHS students. I am dedicated and passionate about positive change and am keenly aware of how important it is for students to be academically and socially prepared for life after high school graduation. I have been a parent of a SHCHS student since 2015 with the exception of the 2020-2021 school year. I was a voting member of SHCHS CSC in the 2018-2019 school year, the 2019-2020 school year, and Co-Chair and sole member of the Governance Committee in the 2021-2022 school year. From my perspective it appears that the SHCHS CSC’s main accomplishments over the last few years have been distribution of funds allocated from the Student Activity Fee and fundraising. I am motivated, inspired and excited to continue working to help redirect the council back to its intended purpose under Ont. Reg. 612/00, to continue to explore/recommend changes that will facilitate enhanced school-to-home and home-to-school communication, and to support instructional excellence and programs that will promote instructional use of 21st century learning skills and optimize the learning environment for our children. I have a lengthy history with the YCDSB as a mother of three children. Some of my experience learned from my eldest, who introduced her parents at a young age to the Board administration and processes when she skipped a grade. Not the easiest thing in the world to navigate but definitely the first time I successfully challenged the accountability of the education system. She is currently in her fourth year of Biomedical Science at the University of Guelph, a Sacred Heart Graduate and Valedictorian. She was very involved at Sacred and at the Board in various positions including that of President of the York Secondary Catholic Presidents’ Council. On many occasions she presented the student council update to the Catholic School Council, and it was her who urged me to join CSC back in 2018. In her final year at Sacred I watched her present a delegation to the Board on behalf of students in favour of iRAP at Sacred, a program that she would never benefit from. It was her and all that she tried to bring to her school and its students that made me realize the important role of CSC in helping all students succeed. I often heard some of the frustrations she and her friends faced as students and as student leaders and I believe it is important for us to listen. Feedback from the SHCHS community including students and parents is of prime importance in securing positive changes. My middle child had a challenging journey attending four schools in four years to access the courses and content relevant to his educational needs and interests. His journey allowed me to get a glimpse of activities and happenings at 2 other Boards and 3 other schools, seeing what seems to work and what doesn’t and allowing exposure to some pretty amazing programs outside of our Board. He successfully navigated the many schools and is in his first year Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo. He also led me to lobby for removal of AP fees for students identified as exceptional, gifted. No student should be limited in the education they get at a public school because of funding issues. The YCDSB approved AP Fees in October 2015. When it came to my attention and I voiced my concern at the Board level, that I believed that this was in conflict with the Education Act, my concerns were ignored. I did a lot of research via reading of Board meeting minutes, policies, government documentation etc. The Education Act Subsection 8(3) states, “The Minister shall ensure that all exceptional children in Ontario have available to them, in accordance with this Act and the regulations, appropriate special education programs and special education services without payment of fees by parents or guardian’s resident in Ontario…” Ontario Regulation 306, Special Education Programs and Services, requires that each school board maintain and regularly review a special education plan. The YCDSB Special Education Plan dated June 2020 notes, “Giftedness…An unusually advanced degree of general intellectual ability that requires differentiated learning experience of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated… In the Secondary schools, York Catholic District School Board has elected to use the Advanced Placement Program (AP) as the curriculum extensions for gifted students…” I summarized all instances of information re AP fees between 2015 and 2021 and I concluded that as giftedness is a subsection of an Intellectual Exceptionality that identifies students with special education needs and as YCDSB has elected to use AP as the Special Education Plan for gifted students in the Secondary stream and the Education Act states that the Minister shall ensure that all exceptional children in Ontario have available to them appropriate special education programs and services without payment of fees the Board could not justify these fees for identified gifted students. I also concluded that for non-identified students that I believed a review was required and fee amounts should reflect the actual cost of the services or materials provided adding that a transparent accounting of the amounts collected, and expenditures allocated must be made available to the school community. I conversed with the Superintendent of Special Education when my initial document letter was considered invalid due to legal vetting in 2019 but I continued to communicate with the Board urging them to be sure that when the enhancement fee was reviewed/vetted that Special Education Legislation was part of the process. I was informed of a document listing the 11 requirements for use of the Enhancement Fees but a search of YCDSB.ca was unsuccessful in finding it and had to make a special request. I communicated that it would be valuable for the Board to review the Ministry of Education Document, Fees for Learning Materials and Activities Guidelines being cognizant of the choice by YCDSB to use AP as the curriculum extension for gifted students and my belief that this choice nullified an “Enhanced Programming and Materials” and “Optional Programming” fee. I stressed the importance of reviewing an April 28, 2020, Report to the Board of Trustees which states, “Currently, there is no cost to run the Pre-AP Program.” I voiced concern that I could not understand how any of the listed enhancement fees could be justified as a flat fee. I received communication that my concerns had been shared and a report would be presented to the Board of Trustees to address the fees. On May 5th, 2021, I received an email from Dominic Mazzotta, the then YCDSB Chair, noting, “The Board has passed the following motion: “That the current practice of collecting annual AP enhancement fees be discontinued effective September 2021…” I am not afraid to work for positive change and I believe the above venture is telling about the change that can be made. As stated above, I served as a parent member of the CSC in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school year. In 2020 we learned that Sacred would not be offering Grade 12 AP Physics, AP Functions and AP Calculus and they did not think that they would be running in the following year even though it is designated as an AP school and is the feeder school for the PACE students. This was hard to understand and many letters later my son was transferred to Father Bressani CHS in Vaughn where these courses were running. I believe the communications I had with the Superintendent of Schools successfully led to Sacred reinstating a number of AP courses in the 2021-2022 school year. In 2021, I once again joined SHCHS CSC this time as a Co-chair. I was surprised that I was not invited to regular executive meetings. I was surprised that there were no minutes of executive or committee meetings. I was surprised that numerous meeting minutes were not posted, and I was surprised that although the purpose of school councils is to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents that from my perspective and review of the minutes that I had available to me the main accomplishments of the CSC was distribution of funds allocated from the Student Activity Fee. I volunteered for the Governance Committee, reviewed the new constitution which was voted on in the 2020-2021 year and presented my findings in the final meeting of the 2021-2022 school year, I hope to be able to continue this work and help SHCHS CSC get back on track. Professionally I have successfully run my own business for over 20 years, reviewing and analyzing medical legal files, performing biomechanical analysis of surveillance videos, functional capacity evaluations, ergonomic assessments, physical demands analysis etc. I have worked in the regulatory environment through the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, approved as a Designated Assessment Centre assessor by the Ministers Committee on the Designated Assessment Centre system. For the last 6 years I have sat on the Consumer Advisory Council of Tarion, an administrative authority, overseen by the Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery (formerly Ministry of Government and Consumer Services). I have attended governance training from Dr. Richard Leblanc one of Canada’s leading experts on corporate governance and accountability. I currently have a daughter in Grade 9 at Sacred. I hope you will consider allowing me to be a voting member of the SHCHS CSC for the 2022-2023 school year.