Board Committees

To effectively guide the operation of the Thames Valley District School Board, several Standing, Ad Hoc and Administrative Committees have been established in addition to five statutory committees. The Chair of the Board is an ex officio member of all Standing, Ad hoc and Statutory Committees.

Meetings are typically held at the Education Centre, 1250 Dundas Street, London and are open to the public. 

Statutory Committes are established as requested per the Education Act or other legislation/regulation.

Standing Committees are established to address ongoing issues specific to their Individual mandates.

Ad Hoc Committees are established to respond to specific issues. They have a defined task and time line for completion. 

Administrative Committes are established by the Board's Senior Administration to address operational/system needs or inititiaves.

Committees of the Board and Community Representation 2017-18

Administrative Committees
In addition to the Board's Statutory, Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, Trustees also serve as a resource on several committees co-ordinated by the Administration to pursue system initiatives. Currently, the Board has six Administrative Committees in place. 
Accessibility Working Group
This committee meets to share ideas, resources and programs related to providing supports to ensure accessibility of facilities and programs for individuals with disabilities. Members of the committee have the opportunity to provide input into the TVDSB Accessibility Plan and related board policies.
Award of Distinction
The Award of Distinction Committee considers nominations received for the Board's annual Award of Distinction.
Culture for Learning Advisory
The mandate of the Culture for Learning Advisory Committee (CFLAC) is to provide input and recommendations supporting mental health and wellness, equity and inclusion, and safe schools. The goals of CFLAC are: to foster collaborative relationships among students, staff, parents and community; to identify and share relevant evidence-informed practices and information; and, to ensure that diverse community perspectives are considered and reflected.
Communications and Public Relations
The mandate of the Communications and Public Relations Committee is to provide a vehicle for strengthening communications across the Thames Valley District School Board.
Education Week
The Education Week Committee is comprised of administrators, federation/union representatives, staff and trustees. Its role is to co-ordinate and publicize system activities for the annual Education Week campaign. 
Environmental Education and Management
The mandate of the Environmental Education and Management Committee is to annually review legislative requirements pertaining to the environment and make recommendations to Senior Administration with respect to Environmental Education and Management programs and practices in TVDSB.
Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is comprised of 3 trustees and 2 community members at large with business knowledge and an understanding of accounting principles. The Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month.

The Audit Committee will: 
  • recommend the appointment of external auditors and their compensation and review their performance;
  • oversee the work of external auditors and internal auditors;
  • approve the guidelines to be applied to the purchase of non-audit services from the external auditor;
  • review the financial statements and any related communications prior to public release;
  • review control procedures around any other financial disclosures to ensure a consistent and accurate message;
  • review and approve the Board's external and internal audit plans;
  • oversee the integrity of the Board's financial statements;
  • meet with management and auditor to discuss annual financial statements and other financial information and reports;
  • review internal control and risks;
  • review accounting developments and policies;
  • recommend to the Board acceptance of annual financial statements; and
  • review with the auditor:
    • any problems or difficulties encountered during the audit;
    • all critical accounting policies; 
    • the independence of the external auditor;
    • all changes to accounting policies; 
    • management estimates; and 
    • unadjusted errors.

Committee Chair: Ruth Tisdale, Trustee

Arlene Morell, Trustee

Matt Reid, Trustee

Maranda King, Community Member

Monica Laprise, Community Member

2017-2018 Meeting Information

Chair's Committee

The Chair's Committee, by Board Bylaw, is designed to provide a focus for matters to be considered by the Board and to ensure the effective working of the Board. It is responsible for the following:

The Committee meets the week prior to the regularly-scheduled Board meetings and as often as required.

The Chair's Committee is responsible for the following: 
  • developing Ad Hoc committees with defined tasks and appropriate time lines;
  • recommending appointment of Trustees to ad hoc committees to the Board;
  • recommending appointment of Trustees to committees of the Board;
  • reviewing Board agenda items, determine the routing process and in-camera status, accept and review submissions of public input to the Board and determine submissions to be placed on the agenda of appropriate committees;
  • appointing members to Principal and Vice-Principal interview committees;
  • co-ordinating Member activities as required;
  • providing a report at the next regular scheduled Board meeting;
  • reviewing Standing Committee mandates as appropriate.


Matt Reid, Chair

Arlene Morell, Vice-Chair

Ruth Tisdale, Past Chair

Chris Goodall, Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee Chair

Joyce Benett, Program and School Services Advisory Committee Chair

2017-2018 Meeting Information

First Nations Advisory Committee

The First Nations Advisory Committee (FNAC) makes recommendations to the Board, provides a forum to share issues or concerns with regard to programs and services, and celebrates the accomplishments of its Indigenous students. This Standing Committee normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month throughout the school year.

Administrative Resources to the Committee

Valerie Nielsen, Associate Director

Paul McKenzie, Superintendent of Student Achievement

Bruce Nielsen, Learning Supervisor, FNMI

Charlene Camillo, Learning Coordinator, FNMI

Starr McGahey-Albert, FNMI Education Advisor


F. Huff, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

M. Kechego, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

M. Fisher, Munsee-Delaware Nation

O. Correia, Munsee-Delaware Nation

B. Summer, Oneida Nation of the Thames

S. Smith, Oneida Nation of the Thames

B. Antone, Oneida Nation of the Thames

P. Schuyler, Trustee

B. McKinnon, Trustee

A. Morell, Trustee

2017-2018 Meeting Information

Negotiations Advisory Committee

The Negotiations Advisory Committee provides information, advice, and liaison between the Thames Valley trustees and Human Resources staff responsible for negotiations with employee groups.

The Committee meets regularly, at the request of either group, with members of the Human Resource Services Administration team to develop strategy for negotiations, to provide advice on compensation levels and priorities, and to receive progress updates on collective bargaining. The Committee, in turn, communicates with the Board and assists it in addressing matters related to negotiations. The Committee consists of three trustees.

Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee

The role of the Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its duties related to governance and oversight with a system wide focus by providing advice on system issues related to Organizational Support Services and other such matters related to Business, Finance, or Facilities/Capital Planning.

The committee will maintain an ongoing strategic dialogue with and through the Director of Education to ensure matters related to business and finance; capital planning and facilities; student transportation; and human resources are in alignment with the Board's strategic mission, vision and commitments. The Committee deals with such matters as may be referred to the Committee by the Board and receives reports as requested or as appropriate.

The committee is comprised of the full membership of the Board. The Chair of the Committee is elected as per the Board Bylaws.

2017-2018 Meeting Information

Policy Working Committee

The Policy Working Committee initiates and/or considers draft policies related to the Board's operations and philosophies and makes recommendations for approval to the Board. It receives draft procedures and independent procedures for discussion and may offer suggestions for consideration by the originating department, with subsequent referral to the Board for information.

This Standing Committee ensures that community input is sought on all policies, procedures and independent procedures prior to being referred to the Board for approval or information. It is responsible for directing the maintenance of accurate and current records of all Board policies and may conduct a review of policies every three years or when referred to the Committee for review.

It normally meets the fourth Tuesday of each month during the school year. The Chair of the Information Committee of the Whole serves as Chair of the Policy Working Committee.

Members are appointed annually by Board motion at the annual Inaugural meeting of the Board held the second Tuesday in December. Chairs of Standing committees are elected at their first meeting.


Committee Chair: Arlene Morell, Trustee

Joyce Bennett, Trustee

Chris Goodall, Trustee

Ruth Tisdale, Trustee

2017-2018 Meeting Information

Program and School Services Advisory Committee

The role of the Program and School Services Advisory Committee is to assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its duties related to governance and oversight with a system-wide focus by providing advice on system issues related to programming and school services.

The committee will maintain an ongoing strategic dialogue with and through the Director of Education to ensure school programs and school services are in alignment with the Board's strategic mission, vision and commitments. The Committee deals with such matters as may be referred to the committee by the Board.

The committee is comprised of the full membership of the Board. The Chair of the Committee is elected as per the Board Bylaws.

2017-2018 Meeting Information

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

In Ontario, boards are required to establish a Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). These committees include trustees and representatives from local parent associations. These representatives serve as advocates for children and parents, and the associations have useful parent resources.

SEAC provides the Board with advice about special education programs and services. Members of SEAC include representatives from local community-based organizations, three trustees, a local native group and members of the community. Membership is for a four-year term and coincides with the municipal elections.

This Statutory Committee generally meets on the second Monday/Tuesday (alternating) of the month (except during July, August and December) at the Education Centre in London.

Administrative Resources to the Committee

Valerie Nielsen, Associate Director

Sheila Builder, Superintendent of Student Achievement

Andrea Leatham, Learning Supervisor

Roseanne Ferrara, Learning Supervisor

Matthew Chevalier, Elementary Principal

Jeff Bruce, Elementary Principal

Tiffany Birtch, Secondary Principal

Dan Clarke, Secondary Principal


Joyce Bennett, Trustee

Ruth Tisdale, Trustee

Chris Goodall, Trustee

C. Thammavongsa, Association for Bright Children

S. Young, Autism Ontario

M. Cvetkovich, Children's Aid Society of London & Middlesex

S. Wilson, Community Living Education Committee

A. Morse, Easter Seals

N. Cherniak, Epilepsy Support Centre

T. Grant, FASD E.L.M.O Network

C. Dendias, First Nations Representative

P. Cook, Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, London Region

L. Turner-Otte, Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer

J. Gritzan, Thames Valley Children's Centre

S. Davis, Thames Valley Council of Home & School Associations

S. Dobaczewski, Vanier Children's Services

J. Schaefer, VIEWS for the Visually Impaired

M. Barbeau, VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children

2017-2018 Meeting Information

Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

The Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee was approved 2017 November 28 to provide advice on the strategic plan process, feedback on the goals and outcomes of the plan, and to coordinate public input.  A report is due back to the Board by 2018 April 24.

For further information, contact:

Supervisor, Corporate Services
Thames Valley District School Board
London, Ontario N6A 5L1

Telephone 519-452-2000 ext. 20218
Email: Corporate Services

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