A Campbell Children’s School Authority Trustee is a volunteer position. The Trustee is appointed by the Ministry of Education for a three year term. It is important to recognize the public trust and responsibility the collective body carries and that this trust and responsibility is honoured through determining and enforcing norms of acceptable behaviour.
Our school is one of six schools located in Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario that are mandated under Section 68 of the Education Act. Campbell Children’s School is not under the jurisdiction of any of the local district school boards, and as such, has its own trustees, appointed by the Minister of Education, who govern the operations and policies of the school.
The trustees presently serving on our Board are:
Kristin Burditt (Chair)
Barbara Minacs (Vice Chair)
Wayne Rousell (Treasurer)
The school is administered by the Campbell Children’s School Authority Board, and by the Principal. Our Supervisory Officer is at the Barrie Regional office of the Ministry of Education.
Kristin Burditt, Chair
Kristin works for The Salvation Army Community and Family Services in Oshawa as the Thrift Store Manager. Initiating community partnership programs with CCRW, Youth The Future, Northern Light, DDSB & Durham College’s CICE program, integrating individuals with exceptionalities, experience in the workplace. She has a background in Retail Management, Business Development in Healthcare, as well as Public Relations experience.
Over the last 20 years has been an active volunteer within the Oshawa community, in the past, sitting on local school SCC and co-managed for eight years, Play Café, an outreach program for caregivers and children. At present she sits as a Board member on The Salvation Army Oshawa Youth and Children’s Board, which she has been on for the past nine years.
Kristin and her husband have been married for 24 years and have 5 children; two of which have directly benefited from Grandview’s services and one having been a Campbell’s student. “I am overjoyed to be serving on the Campbell’s Board. I feel it is so important to be able to give back to the Grandview community for the years that Grandview and Campbell’s services benefited our children and our family!”
Barbara Minacs, Vice Chair
Barbara is a retired Consultant for Special Education from the Durham Catholic District School Board. She also held the position of Resource Teacher for Children with Special Programming Needs and prior to that was an elementary classroom teacher.
Barbara was committed to the school board’s philosophy of inclusion and in her role supported teachers and educational assistants in the inclusion of students into their community schools.
Barbara had many opportunities to liaison with community organizations supporting children with special needs including Campbell School and the Geneva Centre. She is especially proud of her work with students that fall within the Autism Spectrum. She attended courses at the Geneva Centre and completed the Autism Intervenor certification course.
This opportunity to service as a Campbell School trustee is a chance to share her experiences and to give back to the community. Barbara is married to a retired teacher and is the proud mother of three boys and six grandchildren.
Wayne Rousell, Treasurer
Wayne works with the federal government as a tax auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Accounting from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. He is currently working toward his Chartered Professional Accountant designation from CPA Ontario.
Prior to his current position, Wayne held an accounting role auditing public and not for profit companies on behalf of KPMG, one of the four largest auditing, tax, and consulting service firms in the world.
Wayne is pleased to be part of the Grandview Children’s Centre community, as a parent since 2005 and as a member of the Campbell’s Children School Board of Trustees since 2015. He is the proud father of four, with three of his children having benefited directly from Grandview Services in the past and/or present.
Janet Harper, Principal and Board Secretary
Janet is presently the Principal of Campbell Children’s School. Prior to holding this position, Janet was the Liaison Teacher at Campbell Children’s School.
Janet holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University. Janet started her career in education working as an Educational Assistant with the Durham District School Board. She held this position for nine years before pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Medaille College.
While working as a Primary Teacher with the Durham District School Board, Janet completed her Intermediate Qualifications, Masters of Education at Niagara University and Principal Qualifications. Throughout Janet’s career in education she has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to learning and encouraged her colleagues to continue their education. Janet lives with her family on Oshawa.
“I am a retired E.A. from Campbell Children’s School. I have been involved with the school since 1984, driving school bus and supplying as a classroom E.A. for 5 years. Campbells hired me as a full time E.A. in 1989. I retired in 2012 but continued to stay involved by volunteering and supplying as an E.A. in the classrooms.
In 2015 I asked to join the Board of Trustees so as to continue to help with this wonderful school.
I have been married for 42 years. I have a daughter and a son who each have a son and daughter, and I am very involved with them.”
Jackie is a registered Early Childhood Educator, working as a Program Manager for a multi-site non profit child care organization. When she started there 28 years ago it was one of the first fully integrated child care programs in Durham. Her first experience with Grandview came while supporting the families of some of the young children in her care. She worked with the parents as they first became apprised of their children’s special needs and together they were able to access and work closely with the services of Grandview’s Preschool Outreach Program.
Jackie has worked frontline as well as supervisory positions within child care during her career as well as teaching for Durham College in the Early Childhood Education Program, before moving into her current position as Program Manager.
Jackie is a member of The Best Start Network Durham Region, BSN-Research Knowledge and Mobilization Committee, Co-chair of the Professional Education and Training Committee (Durham Region Child Care Forum).
Jackie has held positions on the Durham College advisory committee -ECE program, Focus Group MTCU Early Childhood Education cluster Program Standards Review, Positive Discipline Coalition of Durham Region, DRCCF Conference Committee, and BSN Child Care Sub Committee
Jackie and husband Kirk have two grown children, enjoy golfing and weekend getaways to the cottage.
Al Simeson is a partner with Kitchen Simeson Belliveau law firm in Oshawa. He has practiced since 1984 specializing in insurance and personal injury litigation. He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MA from the University of Waterloo. He attended law school at McGill University in Montreal.
He has been involved in the community throughout his career serving as a Chairman of the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal, as President of the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Durham Community Legal Clinic, a founding member of the Durham Industry/Education Council and sat as an appointee on the Mayor’s Task Force on the Future of Downtown Oshawa and the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Economic Development.
Al is married and has three adult children. His connection to Grandview and Campbell Children’s School started many years ago when his wife Sue worked at Grandview as an occupational therapist before embarking on a career in education. Al has been a Trustee since 2012 and appreciates the opportunity to serve and participate in the Grandview community.