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Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority


Education and Early Childhood Development


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


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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.


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.


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.


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.

Vacancy Profile:

The Board is seeking to fill one position with expressions of interest being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the above profile and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

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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