Who is at the SEAC table?

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is a Ministry mandated committee of the Board.  Sounds very official, doesn’t it?  Well it is, but you might be surprised to learn that many SEAC members are parents and members of the community just like you!

As a Board committee, SEAC has two Trustee members as well as two members at large.  However, SEAC membership is primarily made up of representatives from local associations who support individuals with different exceptional needs, with a focus on children and youth.  Many SEAC members are parents of exceptional children or have some lived experience with an exceptionality where special education programs and services would be required for school aged children.  As such, SEAC members bring forth a unique perspective to the special education process, including in many cases direct or indirect experience with the Board’s special education programs and services.

Association members are nominated by their associations to represent the student population of those associations, however, all SEAC members are there to serve the needs of ALL special education students throughout the system.  If you have any questions or concerns about special education at HCDSB, please feel free to contact any one of our members directly. 

SEAC members for the 2018-2022 term are as follows:

Association for Bright ChildrenMaria Lourenco (lourencoowen@hotmail.com)
Jessica Lim (jessicalim752@gmail.com) (alternate)
Autism OntarioVacant
Easter SealsVacant
FASWorld CanadaTracy Veale (tracy.veale@intertek.com)
Halton Down Syndrome AssociationDan Hotopeleanu (dan@hotopeleanu.com)
Learning Disabilities AssociationSamantha Sweet (samantha.sweet@ldahh.ca)
VOICE for Hearing Impaired ChildrenRick Barreiro (rickbarreiro@gmail.com)
Rhonda Quesnel (rhonda.quesnal@wearcheck.com) (alternate)
Members at LargePaul Moran (jpaulmoran@rogers.com)
Diane Rabenda (dianerabenda@bell.net)
Michelle Arteaga (michelle@liveplayrest.com) (alternate)
Andrea Louca-Ricci (a_ricci@me.com) (alternate)
TrusteesBrenda Agnew (agnewb@hcdsb.org)
Marvin Duarte (duartem@hcdsb.org)
Nancy Guzzo (guzzon@hcdsb.org) (alternate)
Helena Karabela (karabelah@hcdsb.org) (alternate)

The above list includes all associations that were represented at the start of the current term.  The HCDSB SEAC currently has some vacancies, including for alternate positions. Alternates participate fully in SEAC meetings and their contributions are equally valued, however on matters where there is a vote, each association only has one vote.

Legislation allows for up to 12 associations, so HCDSB SEAC also has space for 5 more associations to be represented.  Eligible associations must operate locally and be affiliated with a provincial level association that is incorporated and operates throughout Ontario to further the interests and well-being of one or more groups of exceptional children or adults (excluding associations of professional educators).

If you are affiliated with an eligible association that is not represented or has a vacancy and would like to consider serving on SEAC, please contact your association to discuss a nomination. 

We would love to have you join our team!   

For more information on SEAC meetings, including reports, minutes and recorded and livestreamed meetings, please click here to visit the SEAC section of the board website.