OFIS Leadership

OFIS Board

OFIS has a Board of Directors that oversees the governance, financial wellness, policy development, programs and planning for the association on behalf of members. Directors serve 3 year terms and can be selected in the following ways:

  • a) appointed by the executive director and the current board as an at-large member with specific expertise in a desired area
  • b) appointed to represent an association member of OFIS (appointed by their own association)
  • c) elected each year at our Annual General Meeting held in the fall (elected board members must be from current member schools in good standing).

The OFIS Board is a working board.  A chief consideration for participation is that directors will have experience and expertise with and represent the great variety of independent schools in the province and in the membership and have demonstrated a willingness to use their resources to undertake the work of the board fulfilling a variety of projects.

Board meetings are public meetings and member schools may send representatives to attend as observers by informing the chair of their intention to do so, in writing, two weeks before the scheduled meeting. The Executive Board meets between board meetings as issues and circumstances dictate.

The 2014 OFIS Annual General Meeting was held on October 17 2014 – in Burlington – 2013 AGM Meeting Notes & Approved Financial Statements Available To Members Upon Request

OFIS Board Meeting Schedule:
Wednesday, September 24 2014 – 10am – Mohawk Chop House – Milton, ON
Friday, October 17 2014 – OFIS AGM – noon – Holiday Inn & Conference Centre, Burlington, ON
Wednesday, November 26 2014 – 10am – Location TBA
Wednesday, January 28 2015 – 10am – Location TBA
Wednesday, April 1 2015 – 10am – Location TBA
Wednesday, May 27 2015 – 10am – Location TBA

OFIS Staff

Executive Director
Barbara Bierman

101 Holiday Inn Drive, PO Box 29011, Cambridge, ON, N3C 3Z3
519-249-1665 – office
519-716-1664 – mobile
barbara.bierman@ofis.ca
info@ofis.ca

Professional Development Consultant & Event Coordinator
Dave Bird

PO Box 348, Whitney, ON, K0J 2M0
289-407-9747 – mobile
davebird@icloud.ca

Board Members

  • Board Scribe
    Ms. Annette Minutillo

    Braemar House School
    36 Baxter St., Brantford, ON, N3R 2V8
    Ph. 1 - 519-753-2929
    Fx. 1 - 519-753-1235

    Click Here to email Annette

  • Board President
    Ms. Barbara Brown

    Kohai Educational Centre
    41 Roehampton Ave., Toronto, ON, M4P 1P9
    Ph. 1- 416-489-3636
    Fx. - 1-416-489-3662
    Click Here to email Barbara

  • Chair of Professional Development Committee
    Ms. Belinda Bernardo

    Star Academy
    1587 Cormack Cres., Mississauga, ON, L5E 2P8
    Ph. 1-905-891-1555
    Fx. 1-905-891-1696
    *Association Representative - SPECTRA

    Click Here to email Belinda

  • Board Secretary
    Mr. John DeGroot

    5182 Brigden Rd., Sarnia, ON, N7T 7H3
    Ph. 1-519-336-6526

    Click Here to email John

  • Board Vice President
    Mr. Norman Brown

    Crawford Adventist Academy
    531 Finch W., Willowdale, ON, M2R 3X2
    Ph. 1 - 416-633-0090
    Fx - 1 - 416-633-0467
    *Association Representative - Seventh Day Adventist Conference of Education
    Click Here to email Norman


  • Mr. Mark Essaye

    Rowntree Montessori Schools
    3 Sunforest Dr., Brampton, ON, L6Z 2Z2
    Ph. – 1-905-790-3838
    Fax. – 1-905-790-5986
    Click Here to email Mark

  • OFIS Past President & President of OFIS Trust
    Mr. Glen Woolner

    43 Georgian Cres., Kitchener, ON, N2B 3N8
    Ph 1-519-743-5934 - (home office)
    Fx 1-519-743-5186
    Click Here to email Glen


  • Wally Tymkiv

    Hill Academy
    2600 Rutherford Road
    Vaughan, Ontario L4K 5R1
    (tel) 905-303-4530
    Click Here to email Wally


  • Steve Baker

    Virtual High School
    27 Main Street North, Box 402
    Bayfield, Ontario M0N 1G0
    (tel) 416-800-1186 ex. 301

    Click Here to email Steve

  • PD Committee Liaison
    Sherry Vanderkooi

    Avalon Children's Montessori School
    2181 Queen Street East,
    Toronto, Ontario M4E 1E5
    416-686-6621

    Click Here to email Sherry


  • Frances Hatcher

    Blyth Academy
    146 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, ON, M5R 1C2
    Ph. - 416-960-3552
    Fax - 416-960-3506
    *Association Representative - Blyth Academy

    Click Here to email Frances


  • Joan Louis

    Town Centre Montessori Private Schools
    155 Clayton Drive, Markham, ON, L3R 7P3
    Tel. - 905-470-1200
    Fax - 905-470-0184
    Click Here to email Joan