|The P.A.C.E. 2016/17 Board at the AGM from the left: Jackie Thomas, Patricia Gloudon, Joan Smith, Mardi South, Mark Fullerton, Candice Walker, Diana Burke, Patricia Chorney Rubin, Lorna King, Sandra Whiting|
Colette Kane is the Manager of two of George Brown College’s School of Education lab schools. The Queen Street Child Care Centre is located in the Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health and Parkdale Child Care Centre is housed inside Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School. Prior to becoming a Manager at the college, Colette was part of the Early Childhood Education team at George Brown since 1989 as a Toddler and Preschool teacher.
For a number of years, Colette has taught in the Continuing Education Program at the College and continues to be faculty coordinator for students completing placements. Currently she is involved in an International Project, which takes 2nd year E.C.E. students to Jamaica for a month to work in a Basic or Infant School and completes their fourth placement. Colette obtained her diploma in Early Childhood Education from George Brown College and is currently completing her 4th year in the Early Childhood Leadership Degree program at George Brown College in partnership with Ryerson University.
Patricia Chorney Rubin is the Director Community Services and Early Childhood at
George Brown College, a position she has held since 2002. Patricia came to the College in 1984 when she joined the team as an Early Childhood Educator. She has collaborated with others in the department in the area of Lab School development and has been the Manager of many of the Lab School teaching childcare centres operated by the college. Patricia has taught and coordinated in both the full and part-time Early Childhood Programs. Patricia was appointed to the Ontario Government's Best Start Expert Panel on Human Resources in the Early Childhood Sector (2007). In 2009 Patricia led the launch of the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Leadership at George Brown College. Patricia obtained a diploma from Sir George Williams University, and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University.
Candice Walker is a Registeredd Early Childhood Educator. She earned a Bachelor of Applied
Arts Degree from Ryerson University in 2011. She also is a graduate from the Early Childhood Education program at George Brown College, is a member of the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators, and has been working with children and families for over nine years.
She currently works in the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program at the Toronto Distirict School Board. This is Candice’s second year working full-time with the TDSB. Candice also works part-time at Yorktown Child and Family Services with women and children, who have been exposed to violence in their home. In addition, she works part-time as a Child and Youth Program Worker with YWCA Toronto. When Candice is not working she can be found volunteering, reading, travelling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Sharon Barnes-Simmonds (CPA-CGA, MBA) migrated to Canada from Jamaica in 2003
and is a qualified Finance and Accounting Professional with over 10 years post qualification experience in both the not for profit and for profit sectors. She is a Certified Chartered Accountant with designations from the UK (ACCA) and Canada (CPA-CGA) and holder of an MBA. She works well in any fast-paced dynamic environment, as well as any medium-paced organization. Her experiences span the shipping and transportation industry, government and entertainment sectors.
Sharon currently holds the position of Director, Accounting at The Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF delivers programming 365 days a year, in addition to the well-known 10-day film festival that takes place every September. She also held previous positions as Senior Accountant of Maersk Canada Inc and Senior Financial Analyst at The Regional Municipality of Peel.
An avid volunteer who strongly believes in giving back to her community, Sharon has held volunteer roles with Circle K International (College) and Kiwanis International and more recently with the United Achievers Community Services Inc as well as CPA Ontario where she sometimes deliver speeches on the University Circuit on their behalf.
Jacquline Thomas moved to Canada from Jamaica in 2013. She holds a BA in Business
from Nova University and certifications as; Paralegal, Addictions and Community Service, and Personal Support Worker. Jacquline was Administrator for PACE and enjoys volunteering with the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario, JCA Walk Good, PACE Strawberry Social and Toy Drive. Jacquline loves to cook, read, and travel. She is a single mother of a teenage daughter and presently works in the health care sector.