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Special Education Advisory Committee

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As the Special Education Advisory Committee established for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, we recognize the need for strong partnerships in our Catholic community in order to develop the unique potential of all children.

  • recognize the importance of all children;
  • respect the unique strengths and needs of all children;
  • nurture self-esteem by recognizing the talents of children as gifts from God;
  • provide equity of opportunity and accessibility;
  • reflect our Catholic faith and the principles of inclusion;
  • promote a quality education for all.

Reaching Every Student

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) members represent the interests of all children with exceptional needs. Members and Special Education Department Resource Staff have 10 meetings each school year to review and make recommendations about programs, initiatives and policies which will enable students to reach their full potential.

What Is the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)?

SEAC is an advisory committee mandated through the Education Act as a standing committee of each school board. The committee reports to the school board and makes recommendations to the board regarding special education policies, programs and services.

What Happens at a SEAC Meeting?

SEAC meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and typically run for approximately two hours. Key presentations are made to give guests and members information about a program, initiative or upcoming event. Presentations are given by school or Board teams, Special Education Department staff or a member of a partner agency or association. Association and Department updates are provided, and members participate in discussions to generate ideas and make future recommendations.

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Who Is On SEAC?

SEAC is a welcoming group of parents, Trustees, Special Education Resource Staff and community association representatives who have 10 meetings each year to review and discuss a wide variety of special education topics. Some individuals are members of a local organization such as Association for Community Living however, other interested parents who are not affiliated with an organization are welcome to join SEAC as a Member-at-Large. We are only permitted to have two Members-at-Large on SEAC.

Catholic School Councils are asked to identify an individual to receive and report on SEAC minutes. Existing SEAC members are available to answer questions or support these representatives as required.

How Do I Become Involved With SEAC?

If you would like to attend a meeting to learn more about SEAC, or to become a member, we encourage you to attend a meeting. Meetings are open to the public and are currently being held virtually via Teams. These meetings are usually held on the last Wednesday of the month starting at 6:00 p.m.

Are you interested in becoming a member of our SEAC Committee? If so, please contact speced@cdsbeo.on.ca.

Committee Members

If you would like additional information about SEAC please feel free to contact one of the SEAC members or Special
Education Department staff listed below. They would be happy to answer your questions.

SEAC Chair:
Donna Nielsen
CDSBEO Trustee
SEAC Vice-Chair:
Natalie Cameron
Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties SD&G
Kaitlyn Bissonnette
Alternate – Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties SD&G
Karen McAllister
CDSBEO Trustee
Sue Wilson
Alternate – CDSBEO Trustee
Tom Jordan
Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville
Cathie Knapp Fisher
Alternate – Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville
Cathy Bridson
Rural FASD Support Network
Judith Peak
Alternate – Rural FASD Support Network
Natasha Scott
Child and Youth Mental Health Services – Cornwall Community Hospital
Anna Lafrance
Easter Seals

Next SEAC Meeting

August 28, 2024
6:00 pm

For copies of past meeting minutes not posted, please contact:


Special Education Advisory Committee
C/O CDSBEO Special Education Department
2755 Highway 43, Kemptville K0G 1J0
613-258-7757 or 1-800-443-4562

SEAC Committee Meeting Minutes


SEAC Minutes – March 27, 2024




SEAC Minutes – March 31, 2021 SEAC Minutes – May 12, 2021