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Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

All students require support from teachers, classmates, family, and friends in order to benefit fully from their school experience. Some students have special needs that require additional supports beyond those ordinarily received in the regular classroom setting. Ottawa Catholic School Board students who have behavioural, communication, intellectual, physical, or multiple exceptionalities may require special education services or special education programs to enable them to attend school and to benefit fully from their school experience. Such students may be formally identified as exceptional pupils. Our Board's Special Education and Advisory Committee (SEAC) makes recommendations to the Board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils.

SEAC association representatives for 2014-2018

Our SEAC Committee is made up of community members, representation from local associations, parents, and trustees. Please view the Meeting Minutes for a full and current list of SEAC Committee members. 

  • SEAC Committe Chair: Hélène Lapointe-Jérome - Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders (OAFCCD)
  • Chantal Demers - Down Syndrome Association National Capital Region (DSA-NCR)
  • Joanne Mayne (alternate) - Down Syndrome Association National Capital Region (DSA-NCR)
  • Natasha Ell Saunders - Alternate Rep for Autism Ontario, Ottawa Chapter
  • John Johnson - Brain Injury Association (Ottawa Valley)
  • Mick Kitor - Autism Ontario, Ottawa Chapter
  • Cathy Miedema - ABC Association for Bright Children of Ontario
  • Mirs Yasiri (alternate) - ABC Association for Bright Children
  • Helen McRobbie, VIEWS for the Visually Impaired
  • Scott Campbell (alternate) - VIEWS for the Visually Impaired

SEAC agenda and meeting minutes

SEAC meetings are generally held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Boardroom of the Catholic Education Centre, 570 West Hunt Club Road.   From time to time, it may be necessary to change the regular meeting date due to other Board or department conflicts.  Please be sure to check the dates below or call the Special Education Department at 613-224-4455 Ext 2351 to confirm the date.  Links to the meeting agendas and minutes will be posted here as the documents become available.

Date of meeting Agendas Meeting Minutes
September 21, 2016 View agenda View minutes
October 19, 2016 View agenda View minutes
November 16, 2016 View agenda  View minutes
December 14, 2016 View agenda View minutes
January 18, 2017 View agenda View minutes
February 15, 2017 View agenda  meeting cancelled
March 22, 2017 View agenda View minutes
April 19, 2017 View agenda View minutes
May 17, 2017 View agenda
View minutes
June 21, 2017 View agenda

View SEAC archives

Contact us

Contact the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) directly by email at seac@ocsb.ca

You may also contact our Special Education & Student Services Department. 

Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2351Fax: 613-224-9153


The Special Education Report covers all programs and services offered by the Ottawa Catholic School Board. The contents of the Special Education Report complies with the appropriate Ministry of Education’s standards, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Education Act, and all other relevant regulations.

Special Education Report

Other useful resources

Find out more about our Identification, Placement and Review Committees (IPRC), the identification of exceptional students, special education programs, and provincial & demonstration programs.

View our Community-based Violence / Threat Risk Assessment Protocol: A Collaborative Response to Student Threat Making Behaviours. 

Explore some more resources created by OCSB staff and members of our SEAC Committee for parents of students with special needs. 

We have put together a list of websites to help inform you about special education. Use these guides and resources to learn more about your child's needs and how best to help them get the education they deserve.

More website links