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.

Board Meeting Schedule:

Wednesday, October 3 2018 – 10am – 2pm – Location TBA
Wednesday, November 21 201 – 10am-2pm – Location TBA
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – 10am-2pm – Location TBA
Wednesday, April 3 2019 – 10am-2pm – Location TBA
Wednesday, May 15 2019 – 10am-2pm – 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

Board Members

  • Acting Chair
    Norman Brown

    Crawford Adventist Academy
    531 Finch West,
    Willowdale, ON, M2R 3X2

    Tel: - 416-633-0090
    Fax: - 416-633-0467
    *Association Representative - Seventh Day Adventist Conference of Education
    Click Here to email Norman

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

    47 Georgian Crescent,
    Kitchener, ON, N2B 3N8

    Tel: 519-574-8100

    Click Here to email Glen

  • Early Learning
    Joan Louis

    Town Centre Montessori Private Schools
    155 Clayton Drive,
    Markham, ON, L3R 7P3

    Tel. - 905-474 -3434
    Fax - 905-470-0184
    Click Here to email Joan

  • Board Secretary
    Jason Kinsey

    Arrowsmith School
    245 St. Clair Ave. W.,
    Toronto, ON, M4V 1R3

    Tel: 416-963-4962
    Fax: 416-963-5017

    Click Here to email Jason

  • Government Relations
    Amanda Dervaitis

    High Park Day School
    291A Jane Street
    Toronto, ON
    M6S 3Z3

    Tel: 416-645-7440
    Click Here to email Amanda

  • General Member
    Sandy Palombo

    Delano Academy
    200 Racco Parkway,
    Thornhill, ON
    L4J 8X9

    Tel: (905) 237-7315
    Click Here to email Sandy