Stand Up for Student Well-Being has been delivering effective programs for four years as a registered charity in Ontario. More than 2000 young people have benefitted from our programs since we began. Our program delivery model is unique and our Student “Playbooks” have been developed by educators to maximize the impact on learning and well-being.
We would like you to meet our highly committed Board of Directors.
Founder and President
Susan Stephenson, (aka Sue) loved going to school so much (no kidding around) that she became a teacher, then a consultant and then a principal —over a 35 year career in four school boards in Ontario in elementary and secondary schools. A highlight in her career was being the founding principal of North Kipling JMS which became the lighthouse school for this program. Since “retiring” from Toronto District School Board she has become an author of four books on trust, laughter, humour and happiness. She is excited to see her work take a new direction as a charity to bring Stand UP for Student Well-Being to youth in more schools. She is not joking when she says we all need to lighten up, laugh more and live on the bright side of life. Sue is the author of the book Kidding Around: connecting kids to happiness, laughter and humour. She is a Certified Laughter Leader – Expert with the World Laughter Tour and a Member of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
Chair of the Board and Founding Board Member
Ardeth Staz is an independent Educational Leadership Consultant, retired from the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) as a Superintendent. During her 35 years in education, Ardeth worked in roles such as teacher, principal and consultant. She has worked with many teams during her career and engaged teachers, parents, principals and consultants in professional learning in many areas of focus. Ardeth brings to our Board her experience as Chair of the Board of Learnography/Curriculum Services Canada and My Class Needs.
Founding Board Member
Douglas Cornell, is an eighteen year elementary educator and now Vice Principal from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Having taught homerooms from grades four to eight, along with gifted programs, Douglas brings a wealth of knowledge on curriculum planning, equity, well-being and pedagogy to the team. Douglas obtained his Bachelor of Education at the University of Windsor. He is also a Registered Nurse, graduating for Western University.
Douglas has contributed to the growth and marketing of our program over the past six years as a program champion, lead teacher, consultant and developer. Many of his students have been featured presenting stand-up comedy routines and being profiled in The Toronto Star, on CTV News, City TV and in the children’s program, We Are Savvy.
Founding Board Member
George is a Partner with SIMPSONWIGLE LAW, whose practice focuses on commercial litigation and complex commercial disputes. He has acted on behalf of individuals, privately held corporations and publicly traded corporations. He has been active in the community and says, “I believe in being an active participant in my community. You cannot take without giving back. Otherwise, as a society we will never push ahead.” George grew up in Montreal and now lives in Hamilton, ON.
The Associations he belongs to include: The Law Society of Ontario and Canadian Bar Association. He is on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of South Central Ontario and was Former President, Ronald McDonald House of South Central Ontario. George was honoured to receive the Ontario Volunteer Service Award, 2017.
Sree is managing partner within KPMG’s Technology Risk Consulting (TRC) practice. Sree Kunnath is an industry leader in Intelligent Risk Automation space and pioneer in convergence of IRM/GRC technology, machine intelligence and corporate vision. He brings in more than 16 years of global Big 4 advisory experience and currently heads the GRC practice nationally within KPMG. Sree’s global risk advisory experience includes most of the top tier global fortune 500 organizations.
Gayle Rotenberg is an experienced educator and leader in the roles of teachers, consultant and principal with the Halton DSB and Peel DSB. In over 30 years in education, she has worked in junior, middle and secondary and provincial schools in Ontario including 10 years as a teacher of the Deaf and teaching a Behaviour class and then moving to the Board office as the consultant for Developmentally Delayed students. Administration followed where she experienced one of the highlights of her career in opening in a new school. A firm believer that a happy school is a successful school, she has made laughter part of her daily routine. Gayle is Past-President of the Toronto Dragons Abreast dragon boating Team made up of over 100 Breast Cancer Survivors.
Thanks to Greg Rodrigo for being our amazing webmaster!
Thanks to Madhu Thyagaraja, Chili Davidson, Sebastian Chow and Joey Crewe for their expert social media posts!
Thanks to Nic Rodrigo for his graphic arts skills!
We will be forever grateful to Kyle Woolven for his magic and skill as one of our two original Comedian Coaches. We were thrilled to have the Fabulous Kenny Robinson on our team and learned so much from his many years in the comedy world. We wish Kyle and Kenny joy in their future adventures.