A BRIEF HISTORY OF ONTARIO ABC

The Association for Bright Children began in Toronto in 1974 with a few people who believed that bright and gifted children needed an advocacy group. The original members were both educators and parents who shared concerns, information, ideas and disappointments.

PROVINCIAL PRESIDENTS

1974-1978 Sandra Shiner, Ph.D., Toronto

1978-1981 Linda Tu, Ph.D., North York

1981-1984 Hilda Carmichael, Kingston

1984-1986 Barbara Anglin, Ottawa

1986-1990 Margaret Walker, Toronto

1990-1992 Margaret Carter, Guelph

1992-1996 Margaret Tofflemire, Waterloo

1996-2000 Joanne Lee, Mississauga

2000-2002 Michelle Worley, Scarborough

2002-2004 Carol Ann Sloat, Brantford

2004-2006 Elizabeth Buckingham, Ottawa

2006-2008 Christine Thammavongsa, London

2008-April 2010 Dennis Ensing, London (acting)

April 2010 - June 2010 Dennis Ensing, London

2010 - January 2013    Rosanna DelGrosso, Toronto 

2013 -        David Croome, Peel

IMPORTANT DATES IN ABC HISTORY

1977- A constitution was adopted and ABC was incorporated

1976-1980 ABC co-sponsored with the Ministry of Education, four conferences on Gifted Education.

1980 ABC was incorporated as a registered charity

1981 A revised constitution was drafted and ratified at the 1982 AGM

1985 Ontario ABC established a permanent mailing address and phone number in Toronto.

1990 By-Laws revised and ratified by AGM to reflect the move to Central Membership

1990 By-Laws revised and ratified by AGM to adopt style names for ABC: "Association for Bright Children"; and "Société pour enfants doués et Sourdoués"

1990 ABC Advisory Committee established

1991 ABC Policy Document "Parents As Partners" published

2004 ABC Policy Document "Parents As Partners" updated and revised

2006-2008 ABC expanded its annual conferences to include an additional full day of programming geared to educator professional development featuring James Delisle, PhD, Karen Rogers, PhD and Susan Winebrenner respectively

2006 ABC Resource Guide on IEP's published

2008 ABC Resource Guide Revised and Translated

2008 By-laws revised and ratified by AGM to implement trial of free membership model

2009 ABC appointed its first part-time Executive Director, Claire Collins, Mississauga

SOME PAST ABC FAMILY CONFERENCES, LOCATIONS AND THEMES

1986 Ottawa Creative Learning 1987 Scarborough Exploring New Horizons

1988 Waterloo Learning and Growing Together

1989 Halton Our Children, Ourselves

1990 Ottawa Roots and Wings

1991 North York Heart.Head.Hands

1992 Scarborough Building the Future

1993 Cambridge What If?

1994 Kingston Reach for the Stars

2004 London Alan Edmunds, PhD on Meeting the Needs of Exceptionally Gifted Children

2005 Toronto Joanne Foster, PhD on Being Smart About Gifted Children

2006 Toronto Jame Delisle PhD on addressing the Social Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners 

2007 Toronto Karen Rogers, PhD on Re-forming Gifted Education

2008 Toronto Susan Winebrenner on Differentiating Curriculum for Gifted Learners

LETTERS PATENT

Action for Bright Children was registered as a non-profit corporation in the Province of Ontario in 1977. The constitution states that Action for Bright Children is also known as, and activities are carried on under, the name Association for Bright Children and Société pour enfants doués et sourdoués. This incorporation embraces the activities of the Provincial organization and its accreditted chapters.  

REGISTRATION AS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

ABC was registered with Revenue Canada on September 1, 1980 and assigned Number 0597252-21-13