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 2017 OFIS Annual General Meeting will be held on October 20 2017 – GTA (venue to be announced in conjunction with Fall Learning Day) – Board elections will take place at that time – any current OFIS member in good standing wishing to become an OFIS board member is urged to contact the office by September 1 2017

Board Meeting Schedule:

Wednesday, September 27 2017 – 10am-20m – Crawford Adventist Academy, North York, ON
Thursday October 20 2017 – OFIS AGM – 12noon – GTA (Venue TBA)
Wednesday, November 29 2017 – 10am-2pm – Crawford Adventist Academy, North York, ON
Wednesday, February 21 2018 – 10am-2pm – Crawford Adventist Academy, North York, ON
Wednesday, April 25 2018 – 10am-2pm – Crawford Adventist Academy, North York, ON
Wednesday, May 30 2018 – 10am-2pm – Crawford Adventist Academy, North York, ON

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

Board Members

  • Acting Chair
    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


  • 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


  • 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


  • David Ferguson

    6331 Friar Gate,
    Orleans, Ontario, K1C1B3
    Ph. - 613-834-4644
    Ph. - 416.795.4884
    Click Here to email David

  • 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