2021-2022 Annual Report

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CESBA helps build a prosperous Ontario through adult and continuing education programs in school boards.

CESBA (the Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators) is a provincial, non-profit professional association that represents, advocates for and supports adult and continuing education (A&CE) program staff working in nearly 60 school boards across Ontario. Incorporated in 1999 and provincially funded, CESBA works to ensure that adult and continuing education programs offered by school boards are accessible, affordable, and successful in helping learners achieve their education, training and employment goals.

The Ontario Association of Adult & Continuing Education School Board Administrators, 2022

Adult and Continuing Education in Ontario Matters


  • Adult and continuing education boards in Ontario graduate thousands of students annually with their Ontario High School Diploma (OSSD).
  • Programs like English/French as a Second Language (ESL/FSL), Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and Adult Credit provide pathways to post-secondary, employment, and apprenticeships.
  • Certificates for public board programs are widely recognized by employers (OSSD, PSW certificate, Hairstyling Training, Culinary Training, etc.)


  • Over 245 public board locations in Ontario offer Adult Credit and other adult education programs and program information is easily available through schools.
  • Adult learners can access literacy, digital literacy, skills upgrading, English as a Second Language, Adult Credit and more, often under one roof at their local adult high school.
  • Most programs are tuition free or require modest materials fees.


  • Learning plans are student-led so each learner achieves their individual education and employment goals.
  • PLAR for Mature students—a program where students earn credits for life experience–allows many students with Grade 9 and 10 credits to complete their OSSD in under six months.
  • Flexible learning in adult learning settings—in-person, online, hybrid, night or summer school—allow adults who are working or caring for their families to enroll.

Message from the CESBA Board Chair and Executive Director

How do we address growing labour shortages in Ontario? How do we ensure that new immigrants and refugees are welcomed with the promise of a fulfilling life here? How do we sustain an overburdened health care sector? How do we create a just society that includes everyone?

In a time of many pressing questions, adult and continuing education provides answers.

English and French as a Second Language (ESL/FSL) offers excellent, accessible language training to many immigrants and refugees who would like to gain employment and engage more fully. Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) prepares adults for further education or employment with life, work, and digital skills. The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition for Mature Students (PLAR) process awards credits for the varied experiences of adult learners so that an Ontario Secondary School Diploma is within reach. Adult credit educators offer the chance for success to learners who may have once felt marginalized in traditional high school. Apprenticeship programs like the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program offer high-demand careers. Offered within familiar and accessible neighbourhood schools, together these programs provide learners with a pathway to contribute to the vitality of their communities.

At CESBA, we are proud to support the transformative work of adult and continuing educators in school boards across the province. This year, we have had the privilege of supporting several of our sectors through times of change, challenge, growth and opportunities.


The mPLAR process underwent significant updates to student eligibility, through the revision of PPM 132, the memorandum governing the process. We welcomed Andrea Murphy to the CESBA staff as the PLAR Lead. She was involved throughout the revision process, offering expertise and advice to the Ministry of Education (EDU), and providing extensive training and resources to school boards and others. The result is a process that eases the path to graduation for even more learners.


We helped to mobilize ESL/FSL program managers and administrators quickly as they addressed a call for proposals from the MLITSD (formerly MLTSD) on workplace pathways language training. We facilitated several workshops on effective proposal writing, fielded many requests for conversations, and held several meetings with our ESL/FSL membership prior to the October 2021 proposal submissions and in the months to follow as we waited for a response. We communicated their concerns to the ministry, and we continue to engage in advocacy for these important programs.

Growth and opportunities

Our PSW programs enjoyed a lively year of growth. We worked with EDU to distribute $400,000 in funding to programs that were new or expanding. We also worked with the ministry to operationalize school boards accessing funding so students could register tuition free. We launched a new website, www.ontarioschoolboardpsw.ca (also known as www.getmypsw.ca), as well as a marketing campaign to promote the tuition-free programs to aspiring PSW students. Our quality assurance process was piloted in six school boards, with plans to increase the number next year. Our PSW Lead, Anita Plunkett, and the QA team were inspired by the site visits to these exceptional programs.

This report summarizes our work from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, but we have also had several transitions and highlights in the months that followed. In April, we hosted a successful, four-part series of workshops on the Future of Work and began a long-term project on the strategic use of data in adult and continuing education. We have also begun preparing for our first in-person provincial conference since 2019. We will expand on all of these in the 2023 annual report.

We bid farewell to our Program Manager, Hillary Arnold, and welcomed Charlotte Parliament to the role. We have featured a tribute to Hillary below.

Jeff Moore – I have recently retired from Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and I will be leaving my position as CESBA Board Chair after five years. It has been a pleasure to work alongside my dedicated colleagues to support adult and continuing education in Ontario.

Paul Cox – On behalf of CESBA, we are deeply grateful to Jeff for his leadership and his many contributions to our Board of Directors over the years as our Board Chair. He has been integral to the success of our organization and a strong voice in the province for adult and continuing education, both in the southwest region as well as provincially. We wish Jeff all the very best as he begins this next stage of his life’s journey and hope that he stays in touch with our CESBA community in the years to come. 


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Jeff Moore
CESBA Board Chair

Paul Cox
CESBA Executive Director


A Year in Review

Advocating for Adult & Continuing Education

Through our government and public relations, CESBA champions the immense societal value and economic impact of school board adult and continuing education in Ontario.

In the past year, we worked closely with decision makers in two key learning ministries, the Ministry of Education (EDU), which supports our adult credit and PLAR programs, as well as our PSW training programs, and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD, formerly known as MLTSD), with divisions that support literacy and basic skills (LBS) and English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL). We also engaged with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at the federal level, which funds the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. We invited government representatives to address our members at our regional meetings.

CESBA met regularly with EDU, as well as the Ministries of Health, Long-Term Care, and Colleges and Universities, to advocate for our school board Personal Support Worker (PSW) programs. They worked closely with our PSW Lead, Anita Plunkett, on our new quality assurance program for school board PSW programs. EDU supported our PSW website, www.ontarioschoolboardpsw.ca, as well as our marketing and publicity campaign to attract prospective students.

This year, CESBA engaged extensively with the MLITSD to advocate for our ESL/FSL programs. The programs had to quickly submit new grant proposals in October 2021 for their program. We communicated our members concerns to the ministry, held numerous sector meetings, and supported them with grant writing workshops. We have also kept in close contact with the school boards and Province as the programs continue to wait for a response.

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) underwent many changes this year. CESBA, through our PLAR Lead, Andrea Murphy, and EDU collaborated on updating, communicating, and training for the revised Policy/Program Memorandum 132 that was released in February 2021. This was a large undertaking for CESBA, including numerous training sessions and updated resources like our online bilingual eLearning modules, PLAR 101 and 102. We will continue to advocate for a public policy environment where all A&CE learners in Ontario can access programs that will improve their lives.

Reaching Out to Our Members

We provided our mailing list of over 2,221 (+34% over last year) adult and continuing education professionals, community partners and supporters with important sector news, resources, activities and events through our monthly enewsletter, a weekly bulletin from our Executive Director, and numerous other sector and event eblasts.

Our website continues to be a hub for the A&CE community to access to an ever-expanding number of entries in the resource library with over 300 resources, and learn about our events, including a growing number of professional development workshops. The website also includes regularly updated program areas that highlight areas of focus like PSW and PLAR, a news section, a job bank tool and a conference area. The use of the website increased over the previous year, with 16,000 users (+19%), 24,219 (+21%) visits, and 57,408 pageviews (+14%).

Our social media channels informed more than 1,500 followers of CESBA updates, upcoming events, and relevant news.

In spring 2021, we launched our successful PSW website and marketing campaign. The goal of the campaign was to support our PSW programs by targeting prospective students. The campaign included an article in YourCareerGuide.ca that featured Anita Plunkett, our PSW lead, and a recent PSW graduate,  digital ads, a video, and social media posts through Media Planet channels. The new website at ontarioschoolboardpsw.ca, also known as getmypsw.ca features an overview of the PSW program, an interactive map of Ontario with school board PSW program locations, FAQs and four student success stories. The campaign also highlighted the Province’s tuition fee coverage for new PSW students. GetMyHighSchoolDiploma.ca, a website that promotes adult credit programs across Ontario and also features an interactive map is regularly updated and continues to receive many visits.

By the numbers


CESBA email


visits from 16,000 unique
users on cesba.com


visits from 2,867 unique users on Ontarioschoolboardpsw.ca


visits from 2,276
unique users on Getmyhighschooldiploma.ca


Facebook followers


Twitter followers


LinkedIn followers

Sharing Knowledge

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Adult Credit Sessions

Three sessions were hosted by Sean Pynaert, London District Catholic School Board, and Jim Mackrory, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, and the Credit/PLAR/ Guidance Committee in the spring of 2021. The sessions covered topics like the Aspen Student Information System, PLAR, and transitioning young adults from secondary school to continuing education.  

Personal Support Worker (PSW) Spring Work Day

A full day of virtual content and expertise was provided by provided by Anita Plunkett, our PSW lead, and Kathryn Lawrence, Durham Catholic District School Board. CESBA was pleased to host representatives from three ministries who provided timely updates and initiatives. The Ministry of Education provided information on the student bursary program. The Ministry of Health spoke about PSW oversight, and the Ministry of Long-Term Care discussed a four-year staffing plan and the new Mosby’s Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker, 5th edition.

June 2021 Learning Sessions

With input and support from four of our committees, CESBA hosted virtual learning sessions last June that offered adult and continuing educators a wide variety of relevant topics. All committee-sponsored workshops were well attended and received.

  • Our Committee of Experienced Administrators invited popular presenter, Beverly Beurmann-King, back for Harness Your Energy – Build Your Resiliency.
  • Sheliza Jamal was engaged by our Equity & Inclusion Committee to speak about the Impact of Bias.
  • In support of CESBA’s commitment to move towards reconciliation, our Committee to Support Adult Indigenous Learners hosted Earl Lambert who presented on Reconciling 500 Years.
  • The Adult Credit/PLAR/Guidance Committee asked CESBA staff, Ananda Umar and Hillary Arnold, to provide a workshop on Marketing Tools to promote A&CE programs.

OnSIS and Funding Day

Deborah Cook, York Region District School Board, and Namita Aggarwal, Toronto District School Board provided a very well-attended, virtual full day of content and expertise in the fall on the Ontario Student Information System and the ministry requirements of the funding registrar (OnSIS).

New Administrator Day

This full day of content and expertise was provided online in the fall by the Committee of Experienced Administrators for administrators with fewer than three years experience in adult and continuing education.

Lunchtime Sessions Supporting PPM132 Updates

Content, leadership, and expertise was provided in early 2022 through several sessions by Andrea Murphy, who joined the CESBA staff as our PLAR/Guidance Lead, in close partnership with the PLAR/Guidance/Credit committee and the Ministry of Education. Topics included the key revisions to PPM 132, highlighting key changes in eligibility, the final four credits, and PLAR’s impact on adult and continuing education, as well as day school programming. 

PSW Lunchtime Sessions

A series of three PSW sessions in early 2022, led by our PSW Lead, Anita Plunkett, were held to inform and connect with PSW program managers and administrators: PSW program Q&A with the Ministry of Education, a PSW program check-in, and an introduction and demo of the Learning Inter-Professionally Healthcare Accelerator (LIPHA), a virtual platform for PSW training, with Matthew Goulbourne.


Andrea Murphy, Limestone District School Board, and Brenda Steffler, Waterloo Catholic District School Board, provided an interactive day of virtual content in the early 2022 to support the professional development of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) assessors. 

Coming Together

Regional meetings

CESBA hosted nine well-attended regional meetings throughout the school year for the North, East, Central and West regions to connect with their colleagues, hear from government representatives and meet in small, sector-specific groups (Credit/PLAR/Guidance, ESL/FSL/LINC, LBS, IL, PSW, Francophone).

Meetings to connect and support

CESBA was responsive throughout the year as opportunities and challenges arose, by quickly scheduling informal meetings online to connect administrators to their provincial peers.

While summer is a quiet time for many school board staff, it is a season sizzling with activity for many adult and continuing educators, with classes offered in adult credit, literacy and numeracy, ESL and more. Planning and preparation for fall also continues through the season. CESBA facilitated opportunities for principals and vice-principals to connect to share their summer school and fall programming plans, learn promising practices from each other and offer peer support through this busy time.

CESBA mobilized principals and ESL/FSL program managers last fall to share critical information and strategies on an unexpected and urgent request for a Call for Proposals to request program funding from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. We quickly engaged a grant writing expert to hold workshops and offer support for ESL/FSL administrators during this time.

Farewell to Program Manager, Hillary Arnold

Hillary Arnold retired in April after four and half years as our program manager. She is well known among our membership and community partners since she facilitated most of our committees, organized workshops, commissioned research, managed our funding from the Ministry of Education and collaborated on special projects to support credit, PLAR and guidance.

Hillary’s ease with leading projects, managing change and adopting new technology was invaluable to CESBA as we pivoted to present a large number of virtual workshops and two online conferences over the past two years. Her talent, warmth, candour, and dedication to the adult and continuing education community have left an indelible mark.

CESBA Conference:
Bridges to Innovation

November 25-26, 2021

Over 400 people attended our second virtual conference, Bridges to Innovation, November 25 to 26, with over 20 workshops and plenary events, as well as extensive sector-specific content.

Julie Bodiam, Upper Grand District School Board, and Paul Cox, CESBA Executive Director, were consummate hosts who made our participants feel welcome over the two-day event.

The conference opened and closed with a Thanksgiving Address by 15-year-old Rowan Smith in the Cayuga language, which he learned at his school on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations Reserve.

Keynote speaker, Zabeen Hirji, set the context for a changing world in her presentation on Building a Future of Work that Works for All. Twenty workshops by 41 content experts from Ontario and beyond supported the conference subthemes: post-pandemic trends and opportunities; best and next practices in virtual learning; building resilience and inclusion; and leadership for our new reality.

One of the most popular new elements for the conference was a video highlighting four adult learners from across the adult and continuing education programs followed by a virtual conversation with the learners and host Shirley Graham, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Shirley was later the recipient of our third annual CESBA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Back by popular demand, Francophone students from Centre d’Excellence Artistique de l’Ontario, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, presented musical showcases and visual art.  The conference also included an opportunity for participants to meet newly appointed Executive Director, Paul Cox. 

Sector Day was moved after our conference workshop day to allow participants to build on themes and ideas within their groups. CESBA members spent a full day focused on issues related to Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS), PLAR/Guidance/Credit, ESL/FSL/LINC, International and Indigenous Languages, and Personal Support Worker programs. Conference sponsorship more than doubled over the previous year, with over 14 sponsors and exhibitors. Thanks to all sponsors and partners, including title sponsor, Ontario Creates, as well as the volunteers and staff and our partners at BPL events.

Conference Testimonial

I think you all did a great job. Thank you.
Your commitment and lovely personalities shone through.

Conference attendee

Sector Highlights

Personal Support Worker (PSW) program

  • Facilitated the distribution of significant PSW start up, enhancement, and expansion funds from EDU to twelve boards.
  • Delivered the roll-out of the Quality Assurance Process to six school board PSW programs.
  • Developed and launched the Ontario School Board PSW Program microsite at ontarioschoolboardpsw.ca, which included an interactive map and testimonials from recent graduates.
  • Launched a marketing campaign with Media Planet targeting prospective PSW program students, which included digital ads, social media, a video, and an article in their online magazine featuring CESBA PSW Lead, Anita Plunkett, and a recent graduate.
  • Participated on the Ministry of Long-Term Care Staffing Advisory Group to support the development of their four-year staffing plan.
  • Provided information and details on the updated PSW Training Standards to all board programs.
  • Offered support and resources to new school boards introducing PSW programs, as well as boards that are expanding existing programs.
  • Hosted Spring PSW Workday to provide provincial updates, resources on promising practices, and an opportunity for networking.
  • Hosted the PSW sector day at the CESBA conference with support from the PSW Committee.
  • Hosted Lunch and Learns regarding PSW provincial funding, training resources, and networking.
  • Added numerous PSW resources to the CESBA website, including a CESBA Provincial PSW Exit Examination.

Adult Credit/Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)/Guidance

  • Participated in the revision of PPM 132 by providing feedback to the Ministry of Education.
  • Provided leadership and mentorship to new assessors and shared promising practices among boards with the support of the experienced assessors on the PLAR Committee.
  • Launched, revised, and updated PLAR 101 and 102 eLearning modules in English and French to orient new assessors and provide case studies.
  • Hosted a full PLAR day with an introduction for new assessors and advanced support on individual case scenarios for experienced assessors.
  • Hosted a four-part series on the details of the revised PPM.
  • Offered three PLAR/Guidance workshops for individual school boards.
  • Hosted the PLAR sector day at the conference with support from the PLAR Committee.
  • Updated the vast library of PLAR resources and documents on the CESBA website to reflect the revised PPM.

English as a Second Language and French as a Second Language (ESL/FSL)

  • Advised colleagues in August 2021 of the upcoming Call for Proposals from the MLITSD.
  • Provided networking and support for the proposals, which were submitted in October 2021.
  • Offered several proposal-writing workshops in September 2021 to support our ESL colleagues through this significant proposal submission.   
  • Met with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provincial managers with the purpose of including the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program content in CESBA events and meetings. IRCC managers now regularly join the regional meetings.
  • Met with MLITSD directors to improve communication with CESBA members.
  • Hosted the ESL/FSL sector day at the conference with support from the ESL/FSL Committee.
  • Hosted a lunchtime workshop for ESL/FSL managers to share online learning skills.
  • Recruited new members to the ESL/FSL Committee as several key members retired or moved onto other positions.

International and Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE)

  • Facilitated discussions on guiding teachers, students, and parents through the pandemic; the future of IILE; advocacy, promotion, and delivery models; Indigenous language learning opportunities; OnSIS and funding for IILE; increasing credit course student engagement; and summer programming.
  • Shared key information and decisions with IILE administrators across the province on COVID-19 concerns, protocols, and program delivery.
  • Began discussions about resuming in-person program offerings for IILE across Ontario for the 2022 – 2023 school year.
  • Met with the International Language Educators Association (ILEA) of Ontario to encourage collaboration between our two associations.
  • Hosted the IILE sector day at the conference with support from the IILE Committee.
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Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS)

  • Piloted EDGE4, a measurement and tracking tool that assists school boards to track all students graduating with an Ontario secondary school diploma, who began their training in ESL/FSL, LBS or both, with six school boards.
  • Partnered with Community Literacy Ontario to research, develop, and host a “Using Labour Market Information in LBS Agencies” webinar that shared promising practices in using labour market information to assist LBS learners to make decisions about their career goals.
  • Advocated for an October 2021 amendment to CESBA’s LBS business plan to create more digital milestones and culminating tasks.
  • Developed a set of essential digital skills units for LBS learners that are available to the province as digital and printable resources.
  • Hosted a webinar on “Brainstorming new strategies and ideas to address the challenges of doing LBS Milestones remotely”.
  • Conducted a survey on LBS program supports required during COVID-19 and relayed results to MLTSD.
  • Introduced CESBA’s Online Skills Inventory Tool (OSIT), an assessment tool for LBS learners, to more LBS practitioners. Two online training sessions were conducted for OSIT.
  • Supported the onboarding of CESBA’s new executive director with multiple planning sessions regarding CESBA’s LBS business plan for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
  • Hosted the LBS sector day at the conference with support from the LBS Committee.

The CESBA Board of Directors

During this fiscal year, the CESBA Board of Directors, CESBA staff and members thanked outgoing board members, Andrea Murphy (Limestone District School Board) and Stacey Ritchie (Durham Catholic District School Board), for their contributions and welcomed Greg Carruthers (Grand Erie District School Board), Andrea Ellsworth (Durham Catholic District School Board) and Lisa Hickman (Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board).

CESBA Board of Directors 2021-2022

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Jeff Moore

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

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Julie Bodiam

Upper Grand District School Board

GREG Carruthers

Grand Erie District School Board

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Linda Dillon-Dupuis

Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes-Rivières

Andrea Ellsworth

Durham Catholic District School Board

Lisa Hickman

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Marianne Kayed

Ottawa Catholic School Board

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Andrea Murphy

Director (outgoing)
Limestone District School Board

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Stacey Ritchie

Director (outgoing)
Durham Catholic District School Board

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Alison Sadowski

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Project Committees

Adult Credit/PLAR/Guidance Committee
Jim Mackrory, Chair (HWDSB-retired), Angela Jarrett (HWDSB), Andrea Murphy (Limestone DSB), Natalie Poitras (CSCDGR), Samantha Peotto (Lakehead DSB), Sean Pynaert (LDCSB), Brenda Steffler (WCDSB)

Committee of Experienced Administrators
Julie Bodiam (UGDSB), Tania Connell (YCDSB), James Dowhaniuk (PDSB), Susie Nunes (YRDSB), Sharon Rajabi (TCDSB), Stacey Ritchie (DCDSB)

Committee to Support Indigenous Learners
Matthew Bradley (TDSB), Michelle Davis (Ontario Native Literacy Coalition), Mark Gibeault (Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute), David Isherwood (The Martin Family Initiative), Katie Maracle (Six Nations Polytechnic), Lynn McAughey (KPDSB), John Playford (SCDSB), Brendan Smyth (Seven Generations Education Institute), Maureen Wainwright (OCSB), Parastou Ziadlou (Eenchokay Birchstick School)

Conference Planning Committee
Diane Elliott (HWDSB), Judith Hoffman (CAVLFO), Cheryl Stewart (Grand Erie DSB), Adrienne Sultana (UGDSB)

English and French Second Language (ESL/FSL) Committee
Diane Elliott, Co-chair (HWDSB), Erin Jones, Co-chair (AMDSB), Cathy Condarcuri-Sain (DCDSB), Susie Nunes (YRDSB), Laura Patterson (Limestone DSB), Samantha Peotto (Lakehead DSB), Sharon Rajabi (TCDSB), Kathleen Sullivan (HWCDSB)

Equity and Inclusion Committee
Kara Babcock (Lakehead DSB), Mitch Borsc (HWDSB), Michele Breault (WCDSB), Vira Furtak (TDSB), Gabrianna Jolie (TCDSB), Cheryl Kempenaar (Lakehead DSB), Emina Kovacenic (HWDSB), Gilary Massa Machado (TDSB), Angela Parkin (HWDSB), Susan Rayman (DPCDSB), Lori Sheppard (LKDSB)

International and Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE) Committee
Christine Mink-Hiles (SMCDSB), Whitney Deveaux (TDSB), Dorota Jakubowska (DPCDSB), Brunella Trinca (DPCDSB)

Literacy & Basic Skills (LBS) Committee
Melissa Friske, Chair (RCDSB), Daphne Lane (UCDSB-retired), Jennifer McKay (OCDSB), Charlotte Parliament (SCDSB), Brent Pickering (Limestone DSB)

OnSIS & Funding Committee
Namita Aggarwal (TDSB), Deborah Cook (YRDSB), Angela Jarrett (HWDSB), Andrea Stevenson (AMDSB), Paula Vedoya (YCDSB)

Personal Support Worker (PSW) Committee
Kathryn Lawrence, Chair (DCDSB), Dawn-Marie Brunet (SCDSB), Kristen Buck (Grand Erie DSB), Tammy Cantin (WCDSB), Denise Dell-Palme (OCDSB), Katie Ferguson (TDSB), Heather Hartwick (KPRDSB), Alison Sadowski (KPRDSB), Jennifer Sheyan (LKDSB), Cheryl Stewart (GEDSB), Lisa Zandenburg (LKDSB)

Trades, Experiential Learning and Apprenticeships (TELA) Committee
Jim Mackrory, Co-chair (HWDSB-retired), Ralf Mesenbrink, Co-chair (AMDSB-retired), Delmar Borba (WCDSB), Teja Cherukuri (DSBN), James Dowhaniuk (PDSB), Laura Grant (TVDSB), Jennifer Mikus (Lakehead DSB), Laura Lee Millard-Smith (SCDSB), Paul Officer (PDSB), Suriya Pillay (DSBN)

CESBA Members 2021-2022

CESBA is grateful to all of our members for their ongoing support and participation:

Algoma District School Board

Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board

Avon Maitland District School Board

Bluewater District School Board

Brant-Haldimand Catholic District School Board

Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board

Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes-Rivières

Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario

Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord

Conseil scolaire catholique Providence

Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien

Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario

Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario

District School Board of Niagara

District School Board Ontario North East

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Durham Catholic District School Board

Durham District School Board

Grand Erie District School Board

Greater Essex County District School Board

Halton Catholic District School Board

Halton District School Board

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board

Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Keewatin Patricia District School

Lakehead District School Board

Lambton Kent District School Board

Limestone District School Board

London District Catholic School Board

Near North District School Board

Niagara Catholic District School Board

Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board

Northeastern Catholic District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Peel District School Board

Peterborough Victoria Northumber and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Rainbow District School Board

Renfrew County District School Board

Simcoe County District School Board

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Sudbury Catholic District School Board

Superior-Greenstone District School Board

Thames Valley District School Board

Toronto Catholic District School Board

Toronto District School Board

Trillium Lakelands District School Board

Upper Canada District School Board

Upper Grand District School Board

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Waterloo Region District School Board

Wellington Catholic District School Board

Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board

York Catholic District School Board

York Region District School Board


CESBA graciously acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

Partners and Affiliates

CESBA would like to thank its partners and affiliates for their support and collaboration this year. 



Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE)

Canadian Personal Support Workers Association


Caring Support

Centre d’excellence artistique de l’Ontario (CEAO)

Centre for Social Innovation


Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA)

College Sector Committee for Academic Upgrading

Community Literacy of Ontario

Consortium d’apprentissage virtuel de langue française de l’Ontario (CAVLFO)

Contact North

Deaf Literacy Initiative

Diversity Institute, Toronto Metropolitan University


Eenchokay Birchstick School

Extendicare and ParaMed Home Health Care

First Work

Future Skills Centre

Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute

Landscape Ontario

Laubach Literacy Ontario

Life and Death Matters

Niagara College Canada

NPower Canada

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI)

Ontario College Application Service

Ontario Creates

Ontario Native Literacy Coalition

Ontario Nonprofit Network

Project READ Literacy Network

Seven Generations Education Institute

Six Nations Polytechnic Institute

Skills Ontario

TESL Ontario



Executive Director

Administrator/Project Coordinator

PLAR Guidance Coordinator

Program Manager

PSW Lead and Quality Assurance Coordinator

Project Coordinator

Communications Specialist

Financial Statement


Government grants:$1,200,142
Membership fees:$67,065
Conference fees:$65,764
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy:$1,631

*For the full financial statement, please visit www.cesba.com


School Board project support:$486,601
Salaries and benefits:$439,177
Special projects:$101,189
Professional fees:$40,792
Communications and marketing:$29,320
Bank charges and interest:$6,040