Jennifer A. Jilks 
B.A., B. Ed., M. Ed.                                 

Work Experience

Volunteer and Community Experiences

  • Researcher, Speaker and Writer:

    • Consultant: Aging at Home Project LHIN 12  (Oct. 2007- March, 2008)
    • Research Paper Reviewer: Ed-Media Conference 2008, 2007, 2006 (www.aace.org)
    • Co-writer: CyberCops Internet Safety Project (OPHEA, Mar. 2005)
    • Project Leader for the Think Literacy Project sponsored by Council Ontario Director's of Education, representing ECOO.
    • Member of Writing Team: CBE Standards and Indicators Grades 7-9: Resource document. (October, 1996)

    • Vice President: Educational Computing Organization of Ontario: SIG-CIEL (2005/6)
    • Part-Time Instructor (Social Studies) at the University of Ottawa (Jan.- Mar. 2005)
    • Presentation on Special Education and Technology: ECOO (May 5, 2005)
    • Presentation on Internet Safety: (ECOO, May 6, 2005)
    • Presentation on Special Education and Technology: Council for Exceptional Children‚ 2004 Conference in Ottawa (Nov. 12. 2004)
    • Presentation to OASCD Fall Conference: Multimedia for Primary Teachers (Oct. 7, 2004)
    • Internet Safety presentation to Manordale School Council (Oct. 4, 2004)
    • Multimedia technology presentation to OCDSB Computer Contact Teachers (Ottawa, June 1/2004)
    • Multimedia Technology and Elementary Teachers presentation at ECOO, Conference in Toronto (May 5/2004)
    • Elementary Director Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (2004/5)
    • Integrating Brain Research and Technology Literacy presentation at The Brains in Action Conference (April 17/2004)
    • Parenting Your Young Gifted Child for Association for Bright Children (ABC) Meeting presentation.
    • AACE Conference presentation in Atlanta, GA (Mar. 5/2004)Web
    • Organizing Committee OASCD Regional Meeting: Teaching with the Brain in Mind, (Oct.2/ 2003)
    • Director: Ontario Association Supervision & Curriculum Development, (2003/4)
    • Organizing Committee: OASCD Conference Keeping the Heart and Soul in Education, (Oct. 15-17/2003)
    • Presenter: Web Page Design Workshop to Manordale Staff (May 6, 2002)
    • School Improvement Committee Meeting Planning Session (2002)
    • Ontario ASCD Conference Registrar: "Charting Pathways to Learning" (October 2/2001)
    • Workshop presentation: web page design for teachers and their students (March/2001)
    • Workshop presentation to staff: Ontario Curriculum Unit Planner (January/2001)
    • Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation Executive Executive Member at Large (2000-2001)
    • Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation Executive liaison to the OCDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) (2000-2001)
    • Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation Executive liaison to Special Education Committee (2000-2001)
    • Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation Executive Newsletter Editor (2000-2001)
    • Seconded to EQAO to mark grade 6 provincial mathematics field tests, (November/1997)
    • Member Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation Executive: 1988-1998
    • Including: Vice-President, 1998, Treasurer, 1996/7, Secretary, 1994/5
    • Member of Teachers' Federation of Carleton Executive, 1990
    • Occasional Teacher Branch President (CEOTA), 1989/90
    • Co-authored CEOTA's first Constitution, 1989/90
    • OPSTF Negotiations Skills Training, Toronto (OPSTF, 1990)
    • Occasional Teacher Branch Executive Member (CEOTA), 1987-1990

Employment History

May – December, 2008 and February – March, 2009

  • Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program Coordinator & Peer Health Educator: The Friends

October, 2007 – February, 2008

September 2006: Humphrey School, NNDSB (retired December, 2006)

  • Grade 8 homeroom class

April 3rd to June 2006: William Beatty School, NNDSB

September 2005 to March 31st: Sir Winston P.S., OCDSB

  • Grade 8 LA & Math, Grade 7 SELC, Web Page Manager

Part-Time Instructor: Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa

·       Personal & Social Studies: “PED 2145A & PED 2145B” (Jan. – Mar., 2005)

-September 1989 to 2005: OCDSB (formerly Carleton B. Ed)

  • Grade 6, 4/5, 5 Homeroom teacher 
  • Associate teacher & Computer Contact Teacher
  • Junior SELC, Grade 7 Language Arts (2000/2001)
  • Grade 7 & 8 Math, Art, Language Arts, History/Geography, Art, Drama & Dance, Computers (1999/2000)
  • Grade 6 & Grade 8 teacher (1998/99). Grade 6 Designated Resource Unit (DRU) teacher. Grade 6 Team Leader (1995-1999)
  • Taught grade 6 Homeroom & Designated Resource Unit teacher for the grade 6 student body (1994/95)
  • Taught home room for grade 3 grade 4/5 , grade 2/3 and Junior Kindergarten
  • Taught Junior Kindergarten  & English to grade 3 French immersion students


Jilks, J.A. (2008). Living and Dying With Dignity: A daughter’s journey through long-term care. GSPH: Renfrew
Jilks-Racine, J. (2005). Literacy & Technology Infusion: Multimedia Projects for Teachers and Students. In           Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2005 (pp. 241-246). Norfolk, VA: AACE.
Jilks, J. (2004). Web Design In Elementary Schools. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2004 (1), 3394-3399. [Online]. Available: http://dl.aace.org/14929
Jilks-Racine, J . (2005) Internet Safety. Ontario  Principal's Council Register Spring, 2005, Vol. 7 (1).
 OPC  Register: Toronto.

Education & Professional, Personal Growth Experiences
  • Dignity House Day Hospice (30 hours, Jan. 2011)
  • Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (Nov. 12, 2010, Community Home Support, Lanark)
  • Grief Support Training (Oct. – Nov. 2010, Hospice Muskoka)
  • Palliative Care Conference (NSM LHIN, June 9, 2010)
  • Palliative Care Conference (Huntsville, NSM LHIN, 2009)
  • Victim Services Training (December, 2008)
  • Foundations in Palliative Care Course (2008)
    ¶ M. Ed., (1999-2003) OISE/University of Toronto, (ETFO Scholarship, 2002)
    ¶ Bachelor of Education, University of Ottawa, (Primary/Junior) 1982
    ¶ Bachelor of Arts: in Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University, 1979
    ¶ Principal’s Qualification Course, Part I (2004), Part II, Feb. – May, 2006
    ¶ Intermediate ABQ: Lakehead University (2003)
    ¶ Special Education Specialist (L.D./Gifted), University of Ottawa, 1993

Previous Volunteer Work

January 2010 -  August 2010 Creative Writing Group- Beaver Creek Minimum Security Prison
March 2000 to August, 2010 – Hospice Muskoka Palliative Care Volunteer
2007 - 2010 Board of Directors: Family, Youth & Child Services (FYCSM)– Muskoka
Chair: Resource Committee
December 2008 – March 2009 – Victim Services Volunteer
2006 – 2008  Chair of the Family Council: Leisureworld Gravenhurst
2006-2007 Chair of the Board: The Cellar Singers www.thecellarsingers.com
1981 - 2004 Executive member: OPSTF, ETFO delegate, 


Vocal Music: formerly of The Cellar Singers &  The Ottawa Choral Society, gardener, aquascaper, photography, digital technology (still & video), web page design, poet, writer, blogger, researcher.


Unknown said...

Hello! This is a very impressive resume. If youre 65+ i would love to nominate you for Ontario's Senior of the year. Can you contact me at fadakraza_75@hotmail.com

Jenn Jilks said...

What a shame. Sadly, Im not old enough!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jennifer! I work for a news outlet in the U.S. and we love your bat videos! We'd love to do a segment on the bat incident featuring your videos! Would you please email me at Maryal.Miller@rightthisminute.com - Thanks so much!

Louisette said...

Hello, interesting themas speakers
best regard from Belgium.

Mango Coffee and Me said...

WOW I am overwhelmed with all the amazing experiences and stories on your blog! How much fun. I lived in southern ontario (near Kingston) from 1957 to 1964 and returned to our summer cottage until 1972. It is wonderful to see this area still so gloriously beautiful. I am a primitive on google and blogspot but I'd love to connect. My blogspot is mangocoffeeandme
I live in Seattle and Brazil now and dream of fall colors on the southern Ontario lakes!

ptittle said...

Hello Jennifer, I'd like to submit a book for review! "Jass Richards’ new novel, TurboJetslams: Proof #29 of the Non-Existence of God, tells the tale of one person’s pathetic and hilarious attempts to single-handedly stop the destruction of a little piece of beautiful Canadian wilderness by the increasing numbers of idiots who couldn’t care less." Please contact me if you'd like to receive a review copy! (Yes, she's Canadian - Almaguin, even!) P. Tittle (magenta@magentapublishing.net)

Michael said...

Wow. You've been involved in so many projects! Well done!

Peter said...
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Unknown said...

I now live in Milford Bay, ON. Outside of Bracebridge.
Yesterday a neighbour saw a turtle lay her eggs in our driveway. I believe we need a cage to keep the turtle eggs safe from raccoons and other wild animals. Do you know where I might get one?

Jenn Jilks said...

I do, Toni! Try
Kingston Turtles