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 Committees 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 Committees are established by the Board's Senior Administration to address operational/system needs or initiatives.


Committees of the Board and Community Representation

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.  

Trustee representation: Graham Hart

Award of Distinction

The Award of Distinction Committee considers nominations received for the Board's annual Award of Distinction.

Trustee representation: 

Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The Committee is intended to bring diverse voices together to support the development of initiatives to promote equity, and to identify specific equity challenges that require a collaborative response from both TVDSB and community partners. The Committee will be a place to enhance connection and engagement between and among TVDSB staff and community to ensure effective monitoring and measuring of outcomes related to student achievement and wellbeing.  

Trustee representation: Carol Antone and Corrine Rahman

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.

Trustee representation: Bruce Smith

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.

Trustee representation: Sean Hunt

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: Arlene Morell, Trustee

Sean Hunt, Trustee

Bruce Smith, Trustee

Maranda King, Community Member

Monica Laprise, Community Member

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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;
  • co-ordinating Member activities as required;
  • providing a report at the next regular scheduled Board meeting;
  • reviewing Standing Committee mandates as appropriate.


Lori-Ann Pizzolato, Chair 

Meagan Ruddock, Vice-Chair

William McKinnon, Past Chair

Peter Cuddy, Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee Chair

Corrine Rahman, Program and School Services Advisory Committee Chair

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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

Riley Culhane, Associate Director

Kevin Auckland, Superintendent of Student Achievement

Niigonii White-Eye, Indigenous Student Trustee

Gwen Doxtator, System Principal

Charlene Camillo, Learning Coordinator, Secondary

Starr McGahey-Albert, FNMI Education Advisor

Melanie Ferdinand, School Counselling and Social Work Services, Manager

Sarah Folino, Research and Assessment Associate

Julia Capaldi, Communications 

Andrea Marlowe, Diversity and Equity Coordinator

Natasha Kechego, Secondary Student Advocate 

Michelle Koop, Elementary Principal

Julia Bujoives/John Richmond, Elementary Principal

Bruce Nielson, Secondary Principal

Steph Hambides, Secondary Principal

Renee Shave, Secondary Principal

Todd Woollings, Secondary Principal


Committee Chair: Trustee Carol Antone

               , Chippewa of the Thames First Nation

O. Correia, Munsee-Delaware Nation

B. Summers, Oneida Nation of the Thames

                  , Trustee

Arlene Morell, Trustee

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Board Governance and Bylaw Review Committee

The mandate of the Board Governance and Bylaw Review Committee is to provide oversight to the Governance Action Plan, respond to Trustee professional learning needs in the area of governance and to review Board Bylaws.

Responsibilities include:

1. The development and monitoring of a Governance Action Plan. Activities may include:

  • Identification of goals and annual objectives. To include desired outcomes and key indicators of success;
  • Development of an annual process to assess how well the Board has achieved their annual objectives (Assessment Plan); and 
  • At minimum, report on the Governance Action Plan in the fall with a follow up report each June.

2. The delivery of annual professional learning in the area of governance. To include:

  • Trustee professional development in good governance;
  • Review and maintenance of the Trustee Handbook; and
  • The development and implementation of Trustee orientation in an election year.

3. Review of the Board Bylaws. Activities may include:

  • Development of a framework to facilitate the ongoing/continuous review of the Bylaws;
  • Review of applicable legislation;
  • Review of leading practices;
  • Facilitating a legal and/or parliamentary review of Bylaws, as needed;
  • Review of Bylaws; and
  • Make recommendations for amendments to the full Board of Trustees.

Membership on the committee consists of 4 Trustees and the Chair of the Board. Membership shall be for a two-year Term.

Committee Chair: Arlene Morell

Carol Antone, Trustee

Sheri Polhill, Trustee

Jake Skinner, Trustee

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.

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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: Meagan Ruddock, Trustee

Sean Hunt, Trustee

                   , Trustee

Arlene Morell, Trustee

Bruce Smith, Trustee

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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.

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Rural Education Task Force

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 The task force will consult with students, parents, community, municipal leaders in TVDSB rural communities (as identified through RNEF), to identify the unique challenges and opportunities experienced by students, parents and municipalities; develop recommendations for consideration related to a TVDSB Rural Education Strategy.
Scope (not limited to):

• Review the challenges and opportunities for rural schools, including funding
• Review current practices and evidence related to rural schools and communities (Re-Think Secondary)
• Examine the role e-learning plays in rural education, and other additional learning opportunities that enhance student learning
• Visit rural schools (elementary and secondary) to learn more about innovative practices as solutions
• Explore school configurations for example: Jk-12 or 7-12 models
• Develop recommendations to inform effectiveness and efficiencies within a rural education strategy
• Develop a final report of the task force to be presented to Trustees on or before November 2020

Task Force Members 

Task Force Chair
Arlene Morell, TVDSB

Task Force Vice-Chairs
Meagan Ruddock, TVDSB
Marcus Ryan, Oxford County

Sean Hunt
Bruce Smith
Barb Yeoman

Employee Groups 

TBD, CUPE 7575
Suzanne McCullough, OSSTF (West Elgin Secondary)
Jennifer Brackenbury, OPC-Elementary
Larisa Grant, OPC-Secondary

Thames Valley Parent Involvement Committee

Thames Valley Council of Homes and School Associations
Jennifer Nuyens

Municipal Representatives 
Adrian Cornelissen, Middlesex County
Sally Martyn, Elgin County

Director of Education 
Mark Fisher 

Superintendents of Student Achievement 
Paul Sydor

Geoff Vogt


Richard Hoffman

Research and Assessment 
Philippe Venesoen

Administrative Support to Steering Committee
Board Services – minutes, booking meeting rooms, correspondence with members


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

Riley Culhane, Associate Director

Andrew Canham, Superintendent of Student Achievement

Matthew Chevalier, Learning Supervisor

Roseanne Ferrara, Learning Supervisor

Julia Capaldi, Communication Specialist

Amy Shamoon, Elementary Principal

Tammy Waller Gordon, Elementary Principal

Tiffany Birtch, Secondary Principal

Mike Phillips, Secondary Principal

M. Brown, Chippewa of the Thames

K. Snake, Munsee-Delaware Nation


Committee Chair: Barb Yeoman, Trustee

Committee Vice Chair: T. Grant, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network

                          , Trustee

Lori-Ann Pizzolato, Trustee

C. Thammavongsa, Association for Bright Children

S. Moore, Autism Ontario London

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

B. Furac, Community Living Education Committee

J. Wright, Community Services Coodination Network

A. Morse, Easter Seals

B. Harvey, Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario

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

S. Young, London Autism Developmental Disabilities Support Group

Vacant, Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer

J. Gritzan, Thames Valley Children's Centre

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

C. Fortnum, Vanier Children's Services

M. Barbeau, VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children

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For further information, contact:

Supervisor, Board Services
Thames Valley District School Board
London, Ontario N5W 5P2

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

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