The Montessori Society of Canada’s mission is to maintain and promote the growth of Montessori education, by upholding the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, for the full development of the human being, supporting the objectives of AMI (Association Montessori Internationale). MSC promotes the development of teacher training in Canada and professional development in keeping with AMI standards.
The original mandate of the Montessori Society of Canada was formulated in the late nineties and has expanded greatly in recent years. At that time, the need was to have a national organization committed to the AMI values. Of course, there were the AMI Training Centres in Toronto and Vancouver, but there was no national AMI organization linking voices across Canada to this aim. In response to this need, the Montessori Society of Canada ("Society") was formed in September 1998. It was federally incorporated in December 1999. The Society is registered federally as a charitable organization.
The founding members who became the Founding Board of Directors are:
Leislie Alvarenga, Felix Bednarski, Mark Berger, Jim Brand, Claudette Debbané, Mary Ann Dickhoff, Jane Erskine Stewart (Treasurer), Anna Filia (President), Anne Laws, Caroline Loughran, Nancy Lowden (Chair), Beth Mackay, Nicole Marchak and Olive Mirchandani.
The goals of the Society are:
- To organize a national conference to benefit the professional development of its members in keeping with the AMI principles and standards,
- To organize AMI Primary and Elementary refresher courses in cooperation with the Canadian AMI Training Centres,
- To work towards establishing an AMI Elementary training in Canada,
- To support the AMI training Centres in Canada,
- To bring together Montessori graduates from across Canada.
MSC Executive Members (2016-2018)
- Dominic Bradford - President
- Tiffany Goulding - Past President and Acting Vice-President
- Erin Higginbottom - Secretary
- Laurie Wilson Forbes - Treasurer
Office Manager - Erin Higginbottom
Dominic Bradford (Yukon)
Dominic possesses a lifetime of experience in Montessori education, beginning with his attendance at a Montessori school in Ottawa from the age of two until 12, and followed by more than a decade as a teacher in a variety of Montessori settings. Before his current post as lead teacher at Montessori Borealis, he worked as the developer and lead teacher in a public Montessori high school in Juneau, Alaska. He has also taught in Montessori schools in both India and Calgary. Dominic holds a B.A. from McGill, a B.Ed from the University of Calgary, and an M.Ed from Loyola College Maryland. His credentials as an educator are further enhanced by teaching certificates for primary, elementary and adolescence from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Currently, he sits on the Advisory Board for the Yukon Family Literacy Centre, serves as co-chair of the Yukon Childcare Board, and is a sessional lecturer in the Early Childhood Education program at Yukon College. In the fall of 2011, he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Dominic is the proud father of pre-school age twins.
Tiffany Goulding (British Columbia)
Tiffany Howard has been a part of the British Columbia Montessori community for over ten years. She graduated from the Primary training program at the Montessori Training Centre of BC in 2000 and since then has worked in casa, elementary and administration. She holds a BA, TESL Certification, is a graduate of the CAIS Leadership Institute, completed the Rotman School of Management – Not for Profit Governance Essentials Program through the University of Toronto and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Tiffany has been the Head of School at North Star Montessori in Vancouver, British Columbia since 2004 and is dedicated to increasing awareness of Montessori education.
Erin Higginbottom (British Columbia)
Erin Higginbottom has been passionately involved in Montessori education for over ten years. While completing university in Toronto, Erin began working as a Primary Assistant in an AMI Casa classroom and fell in love with Dr. Montessori’s work. She completed her AMI Elementary training at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee in 2006 and has been teaching in both Lower and Upper Elementary environments in Western Canada ever since. Erin is an inspired Montessori parent to a 3 year old boy who loves every minute of his Casa class.
Laurie Wilson Forbes (Ontario)
Laurie Wilson Forbes (Claremont, Ontario) has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto and received her AMI Primary Diploma from the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto, in 1992. Following her training, she taught for 2 years then opened The Children’s House Montessori School, in September of 1994. She currently serves as a full time Casa teacher and administrator at her school in Port Perry, Ontario.
MSC Members-at-Large (2016-2018)
Anne Laws (Ontario)
- Anne E. Laws
- Felix Bednarski
Anne graduated from Queen's University with a B.A. and a B.Ed. and completed her AMI Primary diploma in Toronto in 1984. After working in the classroom for several years, she went on to complete a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Eduction from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (1989). Anne has worked as a Directress and Principal in various Montessori schools in Toronto and Ottawa. During a time living in Vancouver, she began the Trainer of Trainers' Programme at the Montessori Training Centre of BC and is now an Auxiliary Trainer for the AMI and a trained AMI Primary Consultant. She is currently the Coordinator of Montessori Quality Assurance for the AMI Consultation Group and continues to work as a Consultant, Lecturer and National Examiner. She was a founding member of the Montessori Society of Canada and served for many years as Editor of the MSC News.
Felix Bednarski (Ontario)
Felix Bednarski has an M.A. in Architecture from Warsaw Technical University in Poland. He came to Canada in 1977. In 1987, he and his wife Amalia Molly Galle founded Humberside Montessori School, which now welcomes 160 children (ages 3-12) attending primary and elementary classes. He obtained his AMI Primary diploma in 1995 in Toronto under supervision of Mrs. Renilde Montessori. Finally, as a father of two grown-up daughters, he has completed a full cycle and has gained experience in all planes of development.