OHFA - AFPO

E-mail: info@ohfa.ca
   
Phone: (613) 384-1208

FAQ

GET TO KNOW YOUR OHFA BOARD MEMBERS

 EX OFFICIO MEMBERS

Carol White
OHFA EXCUTIVE DIRECTOR

Throughout her career as an educator, Carol worked on curriulum committees and writing teams at both the local  and provincial levels.  She has been the recipient of several national teaching awards.  In both 2000 and 2002, she won an A&E Television Teacher Grant for incorporation of television into classroom units.  In 2001, she and her class took first place in the National GrassRoots' Canadian Communities contest.  In 2002, she was awarded the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.  Carol has been involved in the Fairs since 1995 as a committee member, Regional Fair Coordinator, Head of Delegation, Co-Chair of the National Fair in 1997, and Coordinator of all of the Ontario Provincial Fairs.  Carol served as one of three Provincial Coordinators for Historica Fairs in Ontario from 2003 to 2007.

Wayne Hugli
OHFA SECRETARY / TREASURER

Wayne was a classroom teacher and teacher-librarian with the Sudbury Board of Education / Rainbow District School Board for the first 22 years of his teaching career.  He was appointed Media Coordinator for the Rainbow District School Board in 1991 with responsibility for overseeing the operation of the Board's media services and centralized resource library, as well as library services in the Board's elementary and secondary schools.  He served in that role for 10 years before retiring in 2001.  Wayne was a key member of the steering committee for the Sudbury Regional Heritage Fair for more than seven years and was responsible for the planning and delivery of the program for the National Heritage Fair that was held at Laurention University in Sudbury in July 2003.  Wayne served as one of the three Provincial Coordinators for Historica Fairs in Ontario from 2003 to 2007.
OHFA EXCUTIVE

Dr. Rose Fine-Meyer
OHFA PRESIDENT

Dr. Rose Fine-Meyer is currently teaching in the Masters of Teaching program and the Initial Teacher Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her research work is in history education, equity education, and the importance of place-based history courses in schools. In 2007, Rose was the recipient of the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History and in 2012 she received a Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee medal. Rose developed a senior level secondary school Interdisciplinary course entitled Archives and Local History that links students to communities and organizations engaged in maintaining and preserving local history.  The course is currently taught in schools throughout Ontario. She has published articles, book chapters and book reviews in education as well as textbooks and supplementary materials for school history courses. She has participated in workshops and panels on Canadian local history, history education and teacher pedagogy. On a community level, she has developed and programmed a local women’s history talk series, herstoriescafe.com that has been instrumental in linking diverse history education communities and was recognized in 2012 with a Heritage Toronto Community Award.

 Elizabeth Kerr
OHFA PAST PRESIDENT

Liz is a longtime library association leader and champion of school libraries, in Ontario and across Canada. Retired from a career in K-12 education, Liz is currently the Education Director of the Ontario Library Association. Prior to her retirement as Information Literacy and Media Curator at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Liz managed the Central Learning Resources Centre and was consultant for the 95 school libraries in the district. She was the Coordinator of the Kawartha Lakeshore Regional Heritage Fair and an avid supporter of school-level Fairs.  Liz has been an exemplary association leader, having been President of the Ontario School Library Association and the Ontario Library Association. She is also active in the Canadian Association for School Libraries, a division of the Canadian Library Association. She has been awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by the Elementary Teachers Federation of her own Board, and the OLA’s Distinguished Service Award.

 BOARD MEMBERS

Hugh Barnett
Hugh Barnett is currently a 2nd year teacher candidate in the Master of Teaching Program at OISE. In addition to these studies, Hugh holds an MA in History from the University of Toronto, where he focused on Indigenous-Crown diplomacy and relations. In 2013, Hugh received the department’s Michael Bliss Essay Prize in Canadian Political History for his paper on the Nanfan Treaty of 1701. For the past two years, Hugh has worked for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography as an outreach coordinator. Hugh currently serves as the Vice-President of the Etobicoke Historical Society. 

 Debbie Debassige
Debbie is member of the M'Chigeeng First Nation and the Director of School Services for the Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute on Manitoulin Island.
“The First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) is a proposal-driven program designed to support First Nation educators on reserve (Kindergarten to Grade 12) in their ongoing efforts to meet their students' needs and improve student and school results. In particular, the program will help First Nation educators to plan and make improvements in the three priority areas of literacy, numeracy and student retention”. The First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) team members continue to work towards improving the Literacy, Numeracy and overall school success initiatives in participating community schools.

 Allan Hux
Allan is a member of the Steering Committee of the Historical Thinking Project and a member of the Executive of the Ontario History, Humanities and Social Sciences Consultants’ Association.  In 2010, Allan retired as the Program Coordinator for Social & World Studies after a 35 yr. career with the Toronto District School Board.  Allan has written curriculum lessons on Historical Thinking and John A. Macdonald, Sam Steele, and the War of 1812 for Historica, the University of Alberta Library. and the Historical Thinking Project. He is currently the Acting President of the Ontario History, Humanities and Society Sciences Consultants' Association.

Caroline McBrine
Caroline has been a part of the Heritage and Historica Fairs program since 2000.  She has been a member of the regional fair committees in York Region and in Durham Region and served, for a time, as the chair of the Durham Regional Fair's planning committee.  In addition, Caroline served as a regional counsellor at several provincial fairs, and as a provincial counsellor at several national fairs.  She returns to the Ontario Heritage Fairs board after many years away.  Caroline teaches grades 5 and 6 at Valley View Public School in Pickering.

Marthe Poirier
Marthe has been retired for a few years from her position as an FSL Curriculum Coordinator with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.  As an educator, Marthe was involved with the Heritage Fair Program at both the regional and board level. In her position as a consultant, Marthe served on different educational committees.  She was involved in the development of the French Immersion Curriculum for the Ministry of Education.  Marthe was also a director on the OMLTA Board of Directors. She had the opportunity to present workshops for different second language organization.  Since her retirement, Marthe has enjoyed spending special time with family and friends, giving a helping hand whenever needed and doing some travelling.

 Dr. Rosemary Sadlier
Rosemary is passionate about Black history as a means of extending inclusion and justice.  She is the president of the Ontario Black History Society, the first such organization in Canada.  The OBHS is responsible for initiating the local, provincial and national observances of February as Black History Month and the local and Provincial celebration of August 1st as Emancipation Day.  You may be familiar with Rosemary from her participation in films such as 
Seeking Salvation: A History of the Black Church in Canada, or A Scattering of Seeds: the Mary Ann Shadd story

On behalf of the OBHS, she has given Black history presentations across Ontario. She is the author of 4 books on African-Canadian history and consultant/co-author of a fifth. Rosemary has received many awards including the William Peyton Hubbard Race Relations Award, a Woman for PACE Award, the Black Links Award, the Planet Africa Marcus Garvey Award, and  is the recipient of numerous awards including the Order of Ontario.

 REGIONAL FAIR REPRESENTATIVES

 Sarah Brydges
South and West Zone

Sarah is an elementary teacher with the District School Board of Niagara. She shares her enthusiasm for our Canadian history and heritage with students in her classroom, integrating Social Studies with Literacy, the Arts, and Technology. She was a history student at Brock University when she first became involved with the Heritage Fairs program, acting as a judge at a school-level fair. In 2009, Sarah worked as the Education Consultant with Brock University’s Special Collections Librarian and several of Niagara’s local museums on the 1812history.com project. She was responsible for using the digitized photos of artefacts that were collected for the project and using them to create a series of Critical Challenges for Intermediate Elementary students. In 2012, she co-authored the Passport Niagara: A Journey Through the War of 1812 resource, in a partnership between the Catholic and Public School Boards in Niagara. She has also worked with OESSTA to create the Social Studies Success Criteria for the new curriculum document. She sits on the committee of the District School Board of Niagara’s Regional Heritage Fair and enjoys learning about unique local historical events and sites that are showcased at the Regional Fair each year.

Wendy Schieman
East Zone

Wendy is a retired Job Coach from the Ottawa Catholic School Board.  She is a member of the Ottawa Heritage Fair Committee.  While at St Patrick’s High School, she initiated and staff co-ordinated the Umoja club, a Black History club.  In her final year there, she took fifteen students from grade nine to twelve to Nova Scotia so they could explore the history of the Black Loyalist of the Maritimes.  At Immaculata High School, she was the co-ordinator of the multi-cultural club and each month the students studied different ethnic heritages.  They learned to celebrate, embrace and share their cultures through poetry readings, sweet grass ceremonies and other events.  In 1995, she was awarded the Canadian Citizenship Award from her member of parliament.

Enza MacEachern
North and Near North Zone

Enza is the proud Vice Principal of Chelmsford Public School, Rainbow District School Board in Sudbury Ontario. She has a strong background in Special Education, specifically in the areas of Autism and Alternative Education.  For the past ten years she has held the position of Chair of Operations and Registrations for the Sudbury Regional Heritage Fair, working alongside a dedicated group of community members. Enza began her career in education in 1986 with the Guelph Wellington Separate School Board and since then has had the pleasure of also working in Timmins, Winnipeg and South Africa as an educational consultant.  Enza is proud to be part of the organization providing these rich experiences for students.

Forest Patenaude
Central Zone

Idea guy and movie enthusiast, Forrest wants to live in a world where everyone loves history, and everyone is a little bit crazy. He received his BA in History from Laurentian University and Certificate in Museum Studies from the Ontario Museum Association before eventually becoming the Education Director at the Simcoe County Museum. As the Education Director, he’s been spotted running events, day camps, and education programs with the Education Department. When he’s not teaching history in a museum setting or planning events, you can find him reading a good book, playing music and optimistically rooting for the Toronto Maple Leafs to win a Stanley Cup.