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Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority

Department

Education and Early Childhood Development

Authority

Section 5 of the Nova Scotia Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority Act

Remuneration

No Remuneration

Composition:

The members of the Board shall be the Deputy Minister of Education for each of the Atlantic Provinces; and two persons appointed by each of the governors in council of the Atlantic Provinces.

Purpose:

The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) is an interprovincial cooperative agency established in 1975 by joint agreement among the Ministers of Education of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

The APSEA is authorized to provide educational services, programs, and opportunities for persons from birth to 21 years of age with low incidence sensory impairments. This includes children and youth who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, blind, or visually impaired, who are residents of Atlantic Canada.

Structure:

The APSEA is run by the Board of Directors, under Section 5 (2) of the Act. The Province is entitled to appoint the Deputy Minister responsible for education, as well as two persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Competency Profile:

Persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council should possess the core competencies in the following areas:

  • Education;
  • Special Education;
  • Curriculum development;
  • Program Development; and,
  • Program Evaluation.

Qualifications:

Key personal attributes required of members include: 

  • High ethical standards and integrity;
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest; and,
  • Strong reasoning skills.

Time Commitments:

Members of the APSEA should be available to meet as required in accordance with its mandate. Typically, the members meet four times a year in Halifax or through teleconference with additional meetings associated with committee functions. Members will also be expected to spend additional time to prepare for meetings.

Term:

In accordance with Section 5(3) of the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority Act the term of office of each member appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council shall be set out in the appointment of the member and shall be for a period not in excess of two years and no member may be appointed for more than two consecutive terms.

Additional Information:

Members of the APSEA are not paid for their services but a member shall be paid the actual travelling and other out-of-pocket expenses necessarily incurred in attending meetings of APSEA.

 

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Churchill, Ms. ElizabethMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-11-012019-10-31
Clarke, Mr. BradleyMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2017-08-012019-07-31
Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood DevelopmentMemberLieutenant Governor in CouncilNot Applicable

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