Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is composed of representatives from local associations/agencies, parents/guardians and community members dedicated to furthering the interests and well being of exceptional children and adults. In addition, Lakehead District School Board appoints Trustees to sit on the committee. SEAC is established under Regulation 464/97 s. 2(1).

Our Vision Statement

SEAC members value and promote:

Nurturing the individual child’s unique potential; and
Allowing full development of each child’s innate personal integrity, love of learning, and creativity.

The Committee meets monthly to discuss and make recommendations to the Board in respect of matters affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils. In addition, the committee participates in the annual review of the special education plan, takes part in the annual budget process and reviews financial statements that relate to Special Education. SEAC also provides information and advocacy for parents as requested.

Learn more about SEAC’s Advocacy Role and Advocacy Information for Families from the links at the bottom of this page.

Committee Members

December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2021

Jennifer Bean Anishnawbe Mushkiki
Ashley Etienne Anishnawbe Mushkiki
Anne Antenucci Autism Ontario – Thunder Bay Chapter
Tracy Paquette Autism Ontario – Thunder Bay Chapter
Angela Hill Children’s Centre Thunder Bay
Danielle Miller Community Representative
Michelle Blackburn George Jeffrey Children’s Centre
Wilma Kleynendorst Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
Leslie Harding Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
Miranda Myers Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Information Network
Liz Tod Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
Carey Murphy Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
Suzanne Posthumus OPTIONS Northwest
Kelly Matyasovszky VIEWS For the Visually Impaired – Thunder Bay Region
Mike Otway Voice for Hearing Impaired Children
Trustee Marg Arnone Lakehead District School Board
Trustee Susan Doughty-Smite Lakehead District School Board
SEAC Meeting Schedule

Lakehead District School Board and the Special Education Advisory Committee welcome all parents and the public to SEAC meetings. The Committee meets in the Board Room, Education Centre, 2135 Sills Street, Thunder Bay, at 6:00 p.m. on the following dates. All meetings are held on Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted.

  • September 16, 2020
  • October 21, 2020
  • November 18, 2020
  • December 16, 2020
  • January 20, 2021
  • February 17, 2021
  • March 10 or 24, 2021
  • April 21, 2021
  • May 19, 2021
  • June 16, 2021
Meeting Agendas & Minutes:

The agenda and minutes will be published as they become available. Please use the links below to access meeting agendas and minutes:

Delegation Process:

For more information about SEAC:

Please contact the Lakehead District School Board at (807) 625-5126.

  • Christine Jones, Executive Secretary

SEAC Advocacy: