OELC is very fortunate to have a committed and knowledgeable volunteer board of directors. The membership of the board for our not-for-profit centre represents various stakeholders from across the province including educators, francophones, parents, alumni, former OELC facilitators and persons with business expertise.
The board meets regularly throughout the year providing direction and support to the leadership programs at OELC, refining and reviewing the mission and shared vision of the Centre, formulating and evaluating policy, overseeing fiscal affairs, and liaising with government and educational partners.
The following is a list of our Board members. The thousands of students who have benefited from their OELC experience thank them for their caring and committed work.
Karen has enjoyed an exciting career in education, working with culturally and socio-economic diverse populations as a teacher in southern Ontario, as well as an administrator in Toronto and the Beausoleil First Nation. She hails from Northern Ontario and is an advocate for equity and social justice issues. She has supported and developed innovative, cooperative and experiential educational practices, enabling students to develop their self-awareness, confidence and critical thinking skills to help them face social, emotional and educational issues.
Since 2010, she has been actively involved with OELC in various capacities. These include Centre Manager, Teacher Facilitator for Ministry of Education initiatives and the Grade 6 Leadership for Innovation and Creativity Course. More recently, she was Co-Director of the Indigenous Leadership Gathering.
Karen brings her passion for youth leadership development to the board, and is excited to be part of a team to set new direction and further develop the growth and outreach of OELC.
Philippa is a proud alumnus of OELC and a passionate advocate of leadership, coaching and mentoring. Originally, she participated in the Secondary Athletics session and loved it so much she that she returned to work at the Centre as a Junior Counsellor for the Elementary course and then as an office administrator for the following 3 years.
Philippa has held a number of positions within sales and marketing across a number of enterprise organizations and is currently the Director of Sales Operations at Zayo Canada, focused on sales effectiveness, sales operating data and reporting, and customer relationship management. She continues to participate actively in sports and is enjoying watching and supporting her twin girls as they grow into their own leadership potential.
Philippa joined the OELC Board of Directors in 2015 and is committed to helping the organization through its ongoing evolution to continued success.
Marty (Martha) Deacon,
Marty has been an educator for 33 years with the Waterloo DSB. She was an elementary and secondary school teacher administrator, consultant and recently finished her career as Superintendent with the WRDSB. Marty has been passionate about youth and creating healthy, active environments where all can be successful, healthy and emotionally strong.
Marty has extended her leadership nationally and internationally in a number of forums. She has coached and led teams at several Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan American Games. She sits on the Executive Board of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Canada and other international organizations focused on excellence and deep values. Marty has chaired several committees that focus on education, youth and community outreach. Marty believes sport and physical activity can build strong communities throughout the world.
Marty has very fond memories of her role as a Teacher Facilitator at the Secondary Athletics Leadership Course at OELC. Marty believes this experience was pivotal in the development of her leadership skills and professional desires. She has continued to promote and advocate for all schools in her region to participate in programs offered at OELC.
Jeff is a Principal with the Grand Erie District School Board. Jeff has been chair of Grand Erie's Global Dignity Day Efforts and is currently Co-Chair of Grand Erie's Safe, Equitable and Inclusive Schools Committee. Jeff's experience with OELC/CASO is vast and impactful. Jeff was Executive Director at OELC/CASO from (2012 - 2014). Jeff attended OELC/CASO as a student with Secondary Student Council and Secondary Music. Jeff was a Leader Counsellor (Youth facilitator) in Intermediate Arts. He is the original Course Director and Developer of the Intermediate School Leadership and Secondary Growing Leadership courses. Jeff has acted as Coordinator for many Minister Student Advisory Councils as well as the implementation of the Student as Researchers Project for the Ministry of Education.
Jeff hails from small-town southern Ontario (Haldimand County). He resides now in Burlington Ontario. Jeff is a firm believer in the power of the Student Voice to make positive changes in their own personal lives, in their communities, school, and the world. Jeff truly believes that leadership is for everyone and in the power of building strong relationships with others and the environment. He is thrilled to continue on as a member of the Board of Directors.
Sonya Rozycki comes from a financial background, having a career with BlackRock Asset Management within their ETF business, iShares Canada. Sonya supports the development and growth of the digital wealth platform and tools to enhance engagements with BlackRock's clients. Sonya provides the business with insightful analysis to help drive an efficient distribution strategy, enabling the success of the sales business.
Sonya has had an on-going passion for youth leadership. She was actively involved in multiple leadership and development programs growing up. She continues to pay it forward through various avenues such as coaching competitive youth girls basketball with the OBA.
Sonya joined the Board of OELC in 2020 and is excited to be a part of such an impressionable organization to our future leaders.