Members of the Steering Committee for 2021-23:
Cindy Finn is Director General of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, one of the largest English-language school boards in Quebec. Cindy holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from McGill University and is a licensed psychologist. For 14 years, Cindy was Director of Student Services at LBPSB and was instrumental in establishing the Centre of Excellence for Mental Health which is housed at LBPSB. She is also a founding member of the Canadian School Mental Health Leadership Network, a joint initiative of CASSA and CSBA. Cindy is passionate about student and staff wellness in schools.
Geoffrey Hipps is the Director of Pedagogical Services of Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board and currently serving as Past President of LCEEQ. An elementary school teacher, an ELA consultant, an in-school and head office administrator, Geoffrey enjoys all aspects of working in and contributing to the English Education Network in Québec.
John McMahon is currently commencing his 41st year as an educator at the high school and college level......teacher, student counsellor, principal, Academic Dean, Senior VP Academic and Director General in a variety of settings ranging from the Canadian Arctic, the Bahamas, Ottawa, Belleville, and Montreal. I am privileged to work in education and remain passionate about and committed to student success!!
Roma Medwid is in her 47th year of education. She worked her way through the ranks as a teacher, vice principal and principal before being promoted to board level administration first as Assistant Director of Pedagogical Services, Regional Director, and retiring as Deputy Director General of the board in 2015. She started her own educational consulting company, The Medwid Educational Group in 2016. In addition, in 2017 she began her second career as Executive Director of Concordia University’s Teacher Educational Council. She oversees the teacher education programs leading to teacher certification. In her spare time, she volunteers for Generations Foundation to raise funds for the needy children on the Island of Montreal. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Father Jean Foundation awarding scholarships to deserving scholars.
Anne-Marie Rheubottom is a remedial teacher who is passionate about supporting teachers and students in the inclusive classroom setting. Currently, in her role as Executive Assistant at the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT), she is responsible for representing Quebec’s English education sector teachers at the provincial level. In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, camping, downhill skiing, as well as spending quality time with family and friends.
Jessica Saada is a reader, a writer, a teacher and a speaker (and a mother, a singer and a runner in her spare time) who has been passionately involved in education for over a quarter of a century. She has a Master’s degree in second language teaching, a Ph.D from McGill University and is currently Director of Educational Services for Riverside School Board. Her work interests center on identity and teacher education, literacy and language learning, diversity and inclusion, professional collaboration, and leadership. While we continue to focus on the what, the why and the how in education, she believes that urgent attention needs to be drawn to the who.