History and Purpose of SSENC
The Social Studies Educators Network of Canada – Réseau pour l’enseignement des sciences sociales du Canada (SSENC/RESSC) was formed in November of 2019 after several years of discussion with representatives from social studies teachers associations.
SSENC/ RESSC includes teacher representatives from all Canadian provinces and territories, including those who may not yet have an established social studies council.
We have three main objectives:
- To advocate for social studies education across Canada
- To facilitate networking and cooperation among social studies educators across Canada
- To engage with public institutions, private interests, and non-government institutions in the development and implementation of policies and/or resources related to social studies education across Canada.
Provincial social studies teachers associations are the members of SSENC/RESSC, not individuals. Each member association designates a representative to attend monthly virtual meetings, and at least one in-person annual meeting. This allows us to collaborate interprovincially and to share expertise and resources, including partner resources, to strengthen all of our associations and networks in each jurisdiction. We are committed to remaining non-partisan in our support of educators and history education.
Together SSENC/RESSC member associations represent all 13 provinces and territories, teaching in both official languages.
Together SSENC/RESSC member associations represent over 6400 educators in all provinces and territories, teaching in both official languages.
Together SSENC/RESSC member associations can reach over 480,000 students per year in all provinces and territories and in both official languages.
SSENC / RESSC – A Chronology
Supported by Canada’s History Society, western social studies teachers associations discuss ways to work together in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Representatives of several social studies teachers’ associations meet informally in Gatineau, QC for the AQEUS / ACS conference
Representatives of several social studies teachers’ associations are brought together for an open dialogue on working together at the MSSTA/ACS conference in Winnipeg.
Canada’s History Society brings together lead teachers and association representatives for the first annual National History Educators Meeting in Montreal.
SSENC / RESSC holds virtual monthly directors meetings and establishes financial, organizational, and communications presence. The first issue of Salon is released. SSENC / RESSC establishes a Twitter account. Work begins on the Korean War Legacy writing project.
Member associations ATASSC, MSSTA and OHASSTA run a joint conference with the support of ACS.
Work begins on the SSENC / RESSC website. Monthly directors meetings, engagement activities continue.
Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers’ Association
Québec association for social studies education
Social Studies Saskatchewan
New Brunswick Social Studies Educators’ Network
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Social Studies Teachers Association of Nova Scotia
Members at Large
By-Laws and Policies
BE IT ENACTED as a by-law of the Corporation as follows:
In this by-law and all other by-laws of the Corporation, unless the context otherwise requires:
“Act” means the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act S.C. 2009, c. 23 including the Regulations made pursuant to the Act, and any statute or regulations that may be substituted, as amended from time to time;
“articles” means the original or restated articles of incorporation or articles of amendment, amalgamation, continuance, reorganization, arrangement or revival of the Corporation;
“board” means the board of directors of the Corporation and “director” means a member of the board;
“by-law” means this by-law and any other by-law of the Corporation as amended and which are, from time to time, in force and effect;
“meeting of members” includes an annual meeting of members or a special meeting of members; “special meeting of members” includes a meeting of any class or classes of members and a special meeting of all members entitled to vote at an annual meeting of members;
“ordinary resolution” means a resolution passed by a majority of not less than 50% plus 1 of the votes cast on that resolution;
“proposal” means a proposal submitted by a member of the Corporation that meets the requirements of section 163 (Member Proposals) of the Act;
“Regulations” means the regulations made under the Act, as amended, restated or in effect from time to time; and
“special resolution” means a resolution passed by a majority of not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast on that resolution.
In the interpretation of this by-law, words in the singular include the plural and vice-versa, words in one gender include all genders, and “person” includes an individual, body corporate, partnership, trust and unincorporated organization.
Other than as specified above, words and expressions defined in the Act have the same meanings when used in these by-laws.
3. Execution of Documents
Deeds, transfers, assignments, contracts, obligations and other instruments in writing requiring execution by the Corporation may be signed by any two (2) of its officers or directors. In addition, the board may from time to time direct the manner in which and the person or persons by whom a particular document or type of document shall be executed. Any person authorized to sign any document may affix the corporate seal (if any) to the document. Any signing officer may certify a copy of any instrument, resolution, by-law or other document of the Corporation to be a true copy thereof.
4. Financial Year End
The financial year end of the Corporation shall be determined by the board of directors.
5. Banking Arrangements
The banking business of the Corporation shall be transacted at such bank, trust company or other firm or corporation carrying on a banking business in Canada or elsewhere as the board of directors may designate, appoint or authorize from time to time by resolution. The banking business or any part of it shall be transacted by an officer or officers of the Corporation and/or other persons as the board of directors may by resolution from time to time designate, direct or authorize.
6. Borrowing Powers
The directors of the Corporation may, without authorization of the members,
- borrow money on the credit of the corporation;
- issue, reissue, sell, pledge or hypothecate debt obligations of the corporation;
- give a guarantee on behalf and
- mortgage, hypothecate, pledge or otherwise create a security interest in all or any property of the corporation, owned or subsequently acquired, to secure any debt obligation of the corporation.
7. Annual Financial Statements
The Corporation shall send to the members a copy of the annual financial statements and other documents referred to in subsection 172(1) (Annual Financial Statements) of the Act or a copy of a publication of the Corporation reproducing the information contained in the documents. Instead of sending the documents, the Corporation may send a summary to each member along with a notice informing the member of the procedure for obtaining a copy of the documents themselves free of charge. The Corporation is not required to send the documents or a summary to a member who, in writing, declines to receive such documents.
8. Membership Conditions
Subject to the articles, there shall be one class of members in the Corporation. Membership in the Corporation shall be available to persons interested in furthering the Corporation’s purposes and who have applied for and been accepted into membership in the Corporation by resolution of the board or in such other manner as may be determined by the board. Each member shall be entitled to receive notice of, attend and vote at all meetings of the members of the Corporation.
Pursuant to subsection 197(1) (Fundamental Change) of the Act, a special resolution of the members is required to make any amendments to this section of the by-laws if those amendments affect membership rights and/or conditions described in paragraphs 197(1)(e), (h), (l) or (m).
9. Transferring Membership
A membership may only be transferred to the Corporation. Pursuant to Section 197(1) (Fundamental Change) of the Act, a special resolution of the members is required to make any amendment to add, change or delete this section of the by-laws.
10. Notice of Members Meeting
Notice of the time and place of a meeting of members shall be given to each member entitled to vote at the meeting by telephonic, electronic or other communication facility to each member entitled to vote at the meeting, during a period of 21 to 35 days before the day on which the meeting is to be held. If a member requests that the notice be given by non-electronic means, the notice will be sent by mail, courier or personal delivery.
Pursuant to subsection 197(1) (Fundamental Change) of the Act, a special resolution of the members is required to make any amendment to the by-laws of the Corporation to change the manner of giving notice to members entitled to vote at a meeting of members.
11. Members Calling a Members’ Meeting
The board of directors shall call a special meeting of members in accordance with Section 167 of the Act, on written requisition of members carrying not less than 5% of the voting rights. If the directors do not call a meeting within twenty-one (21) days of receiving the requisition, any member who signed the requisition may call the meeting.
12. Absentee Voting at Members’ Meetings
Pursuant to section 171(1) (Absentee Voting) of the Act, a member entitled to vote at a meeting of members may vote by means of a telephonic, electronic or other communication facility if the Corporation has a system that:
- enables the votes to be gathered in a manner that permits their subsequent verification, and
- permits the tallied votes to be presented to the Corporation without it being possible for the Corporation to identify how each member voted.
Pursuant to subsection 197(1) (Fundamental Change) of the Act, a special resolution of the members is required to make any amendment to the by-laws of the Corporation to change this method of voting by members not in attendance at a meeting of members.
13. Termination of Membership
A membership in the Corporation is terminated when:
- the member dies, or, in the case of a member that is a corporation, the corporation is dissolved;
- a member fails to maintain any qualifications for membership described in the section on membership conditions of these by-laws;
- the member resigns by delivering a written resignation to the chair of the board of the Corporation in which case such resignation shall be effective on the date specified in the resignation;
- the member is expelled in accordance with any discipline of members section or is otherwise terminated in accordance with the articles or by-laws;
- the member’s term of membership expires; or
- the Corporation is liquidated or dissolved under the Act.
14. Effect of Termination of Membership
Subject to the articles, upon any termination of membership, the rights of the member, including any rights in the property of the Corporation, automatically cease to exist.
15. Discipline of Members
The board shall have authority to suspend or expel any member from the Corporation for any one or more of the following grounds:
- violating any provision of the articles, by-laws, or written policies of the Corporation;
- carrying out any conduct which may be detrimental to the Corporation as determined by the board in its sole discretion;
- for any other reason that the board in its sole and absolute discretion considers to be reasonable, having regard to the purpose of the Corporation.
In the event that the board determines that a member should be expelled or suspended from membership in the Corporation, the president, or such other officer as may be designated by the board, shall provide twenty (20) days notice of suspension or expulsion to the member and shall provide reasons for the proposed suspension or expulsion. The member may make written submissions to the president, or such other officer as may be designated by the board, in response to the notice received within such twenty (20) day period. In the event that no written submissions are received by the president, the president, or such other officer as may be designated by the board, may proceed to notify the member that the member is suspended or expelled from membership in the Corporation. If written submissions are received in accordance with this section, the board will consider such submissions in arriving at a final decision and shall notify the member concerning such final decision within a further twenty (20) days from the date of receipt of the submissions. The board’s decision shall be final and binding on the member, without any further right of appeal.
16. Proposals Nominating Directors at Annual Members’ Meetings
Subject to the Regulations under the Act, any proposal may include nominations for the election of directors if the proposal is signed by not less than 5% of members entitled to vote at the meeting at which the proposal is to be presented.
17. Cost of Publishing Proposals for Annual Members’ Meetings
The member who submitted the proposal shall pay the cost of including the proposal and any statement in the notice of meeting at which the proposal is to be presented unless otherwise provided by ordinary resolution of the members present at the meeting.
18. Place of Members’ Meeting
Subject to compliance with section 159 (Place of Members’ Meetings) of the Act, meetings of the members may be held at any place within Canada determined by the board or, if all of the members entitled to vote at such meeting so agree, outside Canada.
19. Persons Entitled to be Present at Members’ Meetings
The only persons entitled to be present at a meeting of members shall be those entitled to vote at the meeting, the directors and the public accountant of the Corporation and such other persons who are entitled or required under any provision of the Act, articles or by-laws of the Corporation to be present at the meeting. Any other person may be admitted only on the invitation of the chair of the meeting or by resolution of the members.
20. Chair of Members’ Meetings
In the event that the chair of the board and the vice-chair of the board are absent, the members who are present and entitled to vote at the meeting shall choose one of their number to chair the meeting.
21. Quorum at Members’ Meetings
A quorum at any meeting of the members (unless a greater number of members are required to be present by the Act) shall be a majority of the members entitled to vote at the meeting. If a quorum is present at the opening of a meeting of members, the members present may proceed with the business of the meeting even if a quorum is not present throughout the meeting.
22. Voting at Members’ Meetings
At any meeting of members every question shall, unless otherwise provided by the articles or by-laws or by the Act, be determined by a majority of the votes cast on the questions. In case of an equality of votes either on a show of hands or on a ballot or on the results of electronic voting, the chair of the meeting in addition to an original vote shall have a second or casting vote.
23. Participation by Electronic Means at Members’ Meetings
If the Corporation chooses to make available a telephonic, electronic or other communication facility that permits all participants to communicate adequately with each other during a meeting of members, any person entitled to attend such meeting may participate in the meeting by means of such telephonic, electronic or other communication facility in the manner provided by the Act. A person participating in a meeting by such means is deemed to be present at the meeting. Notwithstanding any other provision of this by-law, any person participating in a meeting of members pursuant to this section who is entitled to vote at that meeting may vote, in accordance with the Act, by means of any telephonic, electronic or other communication facility that the Corporation has made available for that purpose.
24. Members’ Meeting Held Entirely by Electronic Means
If the directors or members of the Corporation call a meeting of members pursuant to the Act, those directors or members, as the case may be, may determine that the meeting shall be held, in accordance with the Act and the Regulations, entirely by means of a telephonic, electronic or other communication facility that permits all participants to communicate adequately with each other during the meeting.
25. Number of Directors
The board shall consist of the number of directors specified in the articles. If the articles provide for a minimum and maximum number of directors, the board shall be comprised of the fixed number of directors as determined from time to time by the members by ordinary resolution or, if the ordinary resolution empowers the directors to determine the number, by resolution of the board. In the case of a soliciting corporation the minimum number of directors may not be fewer than three (3), at least two of whom are not officers or employees of the Corporation or its affiliates.
26. Calling of Meetings of Board of Directors
Meetings of the board may be called by the chair of the board, the vice-chair of the board or any two (2) directors at any time; provided that for the first organization meeting following incorporation, such meeting may be called by any director or incorporator. If the Corporation has only one director, that director may call and constitute a meeting.
27. Notice of Meeting of Board of Directors
Notice of the time and place for the holding of a meeting of the board shall be given in the manner provided in the section on giving notice of meeting of directors of this by-law to every director of the Corporation not less than 10 days before the time when the meeting is to be held. Notice of a meeting shall not be necessary if all of the directors are present, and none objects to the holding of the meeting, or if those absent have waived notice of or have otherwise signified their consent to the holding of such meeting. Notice of an adjourned meeting is not required if the time and place of the adjourned meeting is announced at the original meeting. Unless the by-law otherwise provides, no notice of meeting need specify the purpose or the business to be transacted at the meeting except that a notice of meeting of directors shall specify any matter referred to in subsection 138(2) (Limits on Authority) of the Act that is to be dealt with at the meeting.
28. Voting at Meetings of the Board of Directors
At all meetings of the board, every question shall be decided by a majority of the votes cast on the question. In case of an equality of votes, the chair of the meeting in addition to an original vote shall have a second or casting vote.
29. Appointment of Officers
The board may designate the offices of the Corporation, appoint officers on an annual or more frequent basis, specify their duties and, subject to the Act, delegate to such officers the power to manage the affairs of the Corporation. A director may be appointed to any office of the Corporation. An officer may, but need not be, a director unless these by-laws otherwise provide. Two or more offices may be held by the same person.
30. Omissions and Errors
The accidental omission to give any notice to any member, director, officer, member of a committee of the board or public accountant, or the non-receipt of any notice by any such person where the Corporation has provided notice in accordance with the by-laws or any error in any notice not affecting its substance shall not invalidate any action taken at any meeting to which the notice pertained or otherwise founded on such notice.
31. By-laws and Effective Date
Subject to the articles, the board of directors may, by resolution, make, amend or repeal any by-laws that regulate the activities or affairs of the Corporation. Any such by-law, amendment or repeal shall be effective from the date of the resolution of directors until the next meeting of members where it may be confirmed, rejected or amended by the members by ordinary resolution. If the by-law, amendment or repeal is confirmed or confirmed as amended by the members it remains effective in the form in which it was confirmed. The by-law, amendment or repeal ceases to have effect if it is not submitted to the members at the next meeting of members or if it is rejected by the members at the meeting.
This section does not apply to a by-law that requires a special resolution of the members according to subsection 197(1) (fundamental change) of the Act because such by-law amendments or repeals are only effective when confirmed by members.
- From time to time SSENC/RESSC may wish to invite individuals, corporations, government institutions, or non-government organizations to serve as full Members (Directors) of the organization. These positions are renewable annually; however, the intent of this policy is to establish long-term relationships with like-minded individuals, corporations, government institutions, and non-government institutions. All of the following guidelines must be met before inviting potential new Members to join SSENC/RESSC.
- A strategic fit (”mission match”) exists between SSENC/RESSC and the potential Member.
- The values, ethics, and reputation of potential Members are clearly demonstrated to be without blemish.
- It can be reasonably believed that there will be no negative impact on the reputation of SSENC/RESSC.
- Potential Members cannot be reasonably perceived to be actively engaged in partisan political activities, whether at the local, provincial, or federal level.
2. SSENC/RESSC may be presented with opportunities to partner with corporations, government institutions, or non-government organizations on short and long-term projects. All of the following guidelines must be met before agreeing to partnership agreements.
- A strategic fit (”mission match”) exists between SSENC/RESSC and the potential partner.
- The values, ethics, and reputation of the potential partner are clearly demonstrated to be without blemish.
- The proposed partnership fits with the SSENC/RESSC operating calendar and internal capacity to complete the terms of the proposal.
- There is a specific timeframe for the partnership agreement.
- It can be reasonably believed that there will be no negative impact on the reputation of SSENC/RESSC.
- The location of the partner does not require undue or excessive costs related to physical/electronic meetings, etc.
SSENC/RESSC Purchasing and Expense Reimbursement
Purpose: To account for and control expenditures of SSENC/RESSC monies. All purchases made on behalf of SSENC/RESSC must be approved by the Executive and/or Board, as appropriate.
1. Purchases of goods/services valued less than $100.
a. Purchases of less than $100 made on behalf of SSENC/RESSC will require approval by the Executive prior to reimbursement.
b. The purchaser must submit the original receipt or an electronic copy thereof to the Treasurer.
c. The request will be considered by the Executive within three business days.
- The purchaser will be notified of the decision electronically.
- Reimbursement will be made by cheque drawn on the SSENC/RESSC account.
- Purchases of goods/services valued $100 – $1 000.
- Three out of the four Executive Officers must give prior approval to the purchase of any goods/services of more than $100 and less than $1 000.
- Prior to making the purchase, the purchaser must email the four Executive officers for approval.
- The request will be considered within three business days.
- The applicant will be notified of the decision electronically.
- If approved, the purchaser MUST submit either the original receipt or an electronic copy thereof to the Treasurer.
- Once the receipt is submitted, appropriate reimbursement will be made by cheque drawn on the SSENC/RESSC account.
- Purchases of goods/services over $1 000
- Purchases valued over $1 000 must be approved by a majority of Directors.
- When possible, the vendor provider should provide an invoice directly to the Treasurer.
- If a direct invoice is not possible, the purchaser MUST submit either the original receipt or an electronic copy thereof to the Treasurer.
- Once the receipt is submitted, appropriate reimbursement will be made by cheque drawn on the SSENC/RESSC account.
- Reimbursements to the Treasurer
- When the Treasurer requires reimbursement, the President and Vice-President shall be responsible for either a) issuing the remittance cheque, or b) making the electronic funds transfer.
- The Treasurer shall not make payments to themself.
Constitution of the Social Studies Educators Network of Canada
SSENC / RESSC is committed to the principles of Reconciliation and supports the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action across Canada.
The name of the organization shall be Social Studies Educators Network of Canada (SSENC)/ Réseau pour l’enseignement des sciences sociales du Canada (RESSC)
The objectives of SSENC / RESSC shall be to:
- advocate for social studies education across Canada
- facilitate networking and cooperation among social studies educators across Canada.
- engage with public institutions, private interests, and non-government institutions in the development and implementation of policies and/or resources related to social studies education across Canada.
Membership will consist of provincial and territorial associations and networks where they exist:
- Regular Representatives – A representative of each province’s/territories’ social studies teachers’ association(s) or network(s), subject to Section 3(a)(i) below.
- The provincial/territorial associations/networks have the right to determine their representative(s) in the manner of their choosing.
- The term of office for each Provincial/Territorial representative coincides with their term of office with their respective association or network, as determined by that organization.
- Founding Representatives – These are the Founding Representatives listed in Appendix 1.
- Their terms shall be four years, from Fall 2019-Fall 2023.
- Representatives-at-large – May be invited to serve by consensus of the group
- Their one-year terms may be renewed annually through the consensus of the Regular Representatives.
4. Officer Roles and Responsibilities
4.1 The officers of SSENC/RESSC shall include: President, Past President, Vice-President (2), Secretary, Treasurer.
All officers (with the exception of the Past-President) shall be elected for two year terms at an annual meeting.
The President and Vice-President shall be elected in odd-numbered years
Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected in even numbered years
(d) Officers may be elected to two consecutive terms and may serve multiple terms non-consecutively
4.2 Election of Officers
(a) Officers shall be elected by secret ballot (if necessary) at a meeting of the
4.3 Duties of Officers
(1) Shall call all director meetings and preside as Chair at meetings;
(2) Shall be responsible for and prepare the agenda for all meetings, and shall distribute agendas and minutes of previous meetings to directors;
(3) Shall send notices to directors of all meetings;
(4) Shall perform all duties as customarily delegated upon a President;
(5) Shall co-sign all cheques with exception of cheques written to the President;
(6) Shall be an ex-officio member of all committees;
(7) Shall do such other duties as directed by the directors.
(1) Shall take charge of the affairs during the absence of the President or when requested to do so by the President;
(2) Shall perform such other duties as are assigned by the directors.
(1) Shall keep an accurate record of all proceedings, including meeting minutes;
(2) Shall bring before the directors all official notes and communications, and keep records of all official notes and communications of other directors;
(3) Shall make and send such reports and statements as may be needed at any time;
(4) Shall provide minutes of all meetings to President for dissemination to directors;
(5) Shall keep a record of attendance at all meetings of the directors;
(6) Shall sign meeting minutes;
(7) Shall have the ability to co-sign all cheques with exception of cheques written to the Secretary.
(1) Shall be custodian of all funds and shall keep such funds in such financial institution as the directors may decide subject to approval of the directors;
(2) Shall be prepared to give a full financial statement at any meeting;
(3) Shall prepare, annually, a proposed budget for presentation and approval at meetings of the directors;
(4) Shall ensure that an audit or review of the fiscal year’s receipts, investments, and expenditures be prepared annually by an accountant, other than Executive or directors, appointed by the Executive and approved by the previous meeting of directors. A resulting annual report must be provided to the directors on receipts, investments, and expenditures.
(5) Shall have the ability to co-sign all cheques with exception of cheques written to the Treasurer.
(6) The Treasurer will observe the accepted guidelines, practices, and procedures of their provincial/territorial teachers’ organization
Shall be responsible for ensuring that the constitution is observed in all deliberations and decisions
Shall be responsible for holding and supervising elections as necessary
The Directors will establish and maintain committees as deemed necessary.
Meetings will be at a time and place as determined by the President or designate.
Quorum shall consist of the directors in attendance, representing at least 50% +1 of the directors
Meetings shall follow Robert’s Rules of Order, unless consensus is reached to follow alternate procedures.
7. Annual Approval of Financial Statement
Approval of the annual financial statement shall be effected by a two-thirds vote of reps present at an annual meeting.
Any representation on behalf of SSENC/RESSC to any organization, persons, government, department, or other group or body, shall be done by the President or designate.
After a 30-day notice of motion to amend the constitution has been given, amendments may be effected by a two-thirds vote of directors present at an annual meeting.
10. Dissolution and Disbursement of Funds
Dissolution of SSENC/RESSC shall be effected by a two-thirds vote of directors present at a general meeting. Remaining assets will be disbursed equally to the constituent provincial/territorial teacher social studies organizations and networks.
Founding directors of SSENC/RESSC August 21, 2019
Ian Coffin (PEI)
Wendy Driscoll (NS)
John Tidswell (AB)
Jen Williams graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2000 and has had the good fortune to teach in an Alberta Social Studies classroom ever since. She is a passionate learner who is more than happy to sit on a beach reading a book about geopolitical economics, or finishing a new learning plan on the plane to Europe. In between her travel and teaching, Jen has played many leadership roles, including president of the ATA Social Studies Council. She is willing to share her resources through her WilliamsSocial Weebly websites and YouTube channel. While she doesn’t have any personal social media, she is currently serving SSENC/RESSC in the role of communications.
In his ‘real’ life, Rob drives his long-suffering wife crazy by reading books and watching films related to Canadian military history. After all, “Don’t you already know how it ends?”
Taking off in a plane remains a thrill; professional study trips to Japan and Israel as well as European battlefields have filled many summers.
Kevin obtained his Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in 2001 and completed his Master’s degree in Education with a focus on curriculum studies in 2018. His thesis was a qualitative, phenomenological work that focused on his implementation of the province of Manitoba’s grade 12 Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability curriculum.
He is currently the President of the Manitoba Social Sciences Teachers’ Association..
Kevin lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Megan, daughter Kennedy, and their dog Maya.
Laura served for two years as a District Social Studies Subject Coordinator. Laura also served as a Social Studies Learning Specialist for the NB Department of Education. In that role, Laura worked with teams of teachers to revamp the Grade 9 Canadian Identities curriculum and the Grade 12 Political Science curriculum.
Laura is currently teaching grades 10 to 12 at Fredericton High School.
Maureen graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2003 and holds Master’s degrees in Leadership and Policy, Curriculum Studies and Counselling.
Maureen is currently the President of the Social Studies Teachers’ Association of Nova Scotia. She sits as a partner on the executive of Thinking Historically for Canada’s Future, and served on the Teacher Advisory Committee for the National Museum of History. As a part of the curriculum development team for Mi’kmaw Studies 11 in Nova Scotia, Maureen is passionate about Treaty Education and curriculum review with Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. She is an advocate for social studies education and is committed to Indigenization of curriculum and pedagogical practices. Passionate about providing professional development practices that focus on the needs of social studies teachers and students in Nova Scotia, Maureen is a strong advocate for social studies education.
Wendy is the Conference Chairperson for the Social Studies Teachers Association of Nova Scotia and is the organization’s former President. She is a former member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Status of Women committee and the Professional Associations Coordinating Committee. She is also an alumnus of the John Huntley Internship at NSTU.
Wendy sits on the advisory circle of educators of Elections Canada and was the Nova Scotia representative for the teacher advisory council for the Library of Parliament. Wendy was the lead writer on the new Citizenship Education 9 curriculum for Nova Scotia, one of her proudest accomplishments. She is passionate about citizenship education for young people and continues to mentor Social Studies and Citizenship teachers in her province.
Among the founding members of the Prince Edward Island Social Studies Teachers Association, Ian has proudly served as Vice-President and has represented his province in several capacities with pan-Canadian committees dedicated to social studies education.
Now a consultant with the PEI Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, he assists teachers with social studies curriculum and instruction, serves on curriculum committees, and leads professional learning opportunities.
Ian lives in Stratford enjoying all the Island has to offer, no matter the season.
Representative of Newfoundland and Labrador
A lifelong learner, Jill holds a B.A (History/English) and B.Ed. (Intermediate/Secondary) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as a, M.Ed (Literacy) from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is a proud member of SSENC and both she and her students have benefitted from some of its wonderful partnerships.
Representative, Northwest Territories
She has taught a diversity of subjects and grade levels throughout the years, many focusing on civics and humanities. However, she is very excited about her new role as a JK-5 French Second Language teacher using a Dene Perspective. Her vision creates the opportunity for collaboration with the Dene Yatie Instructors, elders and learning on the land, which she hopes will open the door to bringing together cultures, languages and the community.
Jennifer is bringing together her knowledge and skills to positively impact her students and community to help build a better way forward; walking beside the Dene with the spirit and gift of reconciliation and creating connection with the land, the self, the people and the spiritual world of this beautiful Turtle Island we are all so fortunate to share.
She is also an avid traveler, foodie and fitness enthusiast and can talk anyone’s ear off if given the opportunity! Afterall, she is a Maritimer!
Lisa graduated from Brock University in 2016, and is currently working to complete her Master’s degree in Environmental Practice at Royal Roads University.
With a passion for the outdoors, Lisa hopes social studies classrooms around Canada help to ignite curiosity about real-world issues, and encourage experiential, hands-on learning.
Kara obtained her Bachelor of Arts (4-year advanced program) in Political Science and History from the University of Calgary in 2000 and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in 2002. She is currently the Vice President of the Manitoba Social Sciences Teachers’ Association and is actively involved in teacher inquiry in the Social Studies through her involvement with GTIP (Global Teachers Inquiry Project).
Kara is an avid sports fan and is actively involved in minor hockey and soccer. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband Scott, son Zack, daughter Rowyn and their dog McCoy.