Avon-Maitland Principal begins term as President of OPC



    TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ - Laura Hodgins, a principal from the Avon-Maitland
District School Board, takes over today as President of the Ontario
Principals' Council (OPC) for a one-year term. Laura has been an educator for
22 years, including 12 years as an administrator.
    "I am pleased and honoured to have this exciting opportunity to represent
and work with my colleagues throughout Ontario," said Hodgins. "I'm also
looking forward to working with other stakeholder groups as we continue to
develop and support strong leadership within our schools."

    
    In addition to Laura, the 2008-2009 Executive includes:

    -   President-Elect Doug Morrell, Principal of Centre Dufferin District
        High School (Upper Grand District School Board)
    -   Vice-President Lona Joly, Principal of Algonquin Public School and
        Long Lake Public School (Rainbow District School Board)
    -   Vice-President Vicki Shannon, Principal of Claude E. Garton and
        Mackenzie School (Lakehead District School Board)
    -   Member-at-Large Rick Clark, Principal of Winona Public School
        (Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board)
    -   Member-at-Large Naeem Siddiq, Principal of West Humber Collegiate
        Institute (Toronto District School Board)
    -   Past-President Lisa Vincent, Principal of Quinte Secondary School
        (Hastings-Prince Edward District School Board).
    

    Laura has been seconded from her board for one year and will be based in
Toronto until June 30, 2009. By seconding a practising principal, the OPC is
able to monitor the issues and concerns that are most current and relevant to
Ontario's schools. Her experience as a front line school leader allows her to
share what really happens in schools with the Education Minister, MPPs,
stakeholder groups, media and the public. Laura is an experienced and
knowledgeable source.
    "This will be an important year for the OPC as we continue to work on the
Ministry's Comprehensive Leadership Strategy, with a goal to reviewing the
role of the principal, removing detractors to the job and ensuring that
high-quality professional development supports are in place for every
principal and vice-principal in the province," said Laura. "We will continue
to advocate on behalf of the safety and success of students and to bring the
concerns of school leaders to the attention of the government and Opposition
parties at Queen's Park. I look forward to a positive and constructive year
ahead advancing the importance of public education."

    The Ontario Principals' Council is the professional association
representing 5,000 principals and vice-principals in Ontario's public
elementary and secondary schools. Established in 1998, the OPC advocates on
behalf of public education and provides professional supports to its Members.
Education Leadership Canada, a division of the OPC, develops and delivers
professional development supports for school leaders provincially, nationally
and internationally.





For further information:

For further information: Peggy Sweeney, Senior Communications
Consultant, Ontario Principals' Council, (416) 322-6600

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