Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

August 18, 2005 10:11 ET

ETFO Awards Honourary Life Memberships

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2005) -
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today awarded the prestigious Honourary Life Membership in ETFO to Hope Grayson, Ron Gugula, and Marina Howlett.

Honourary Life Memberships, granted to individuals who have retired from the education profession, are the federation's highest form of recognition.

Grayson, Toronto, retired from ETFO in 2002 after a 38-year career working for teacher federations. She was hired in 1964 as the first receptionist of the Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario and went on to become office manager. During her career, she assumed many different roles with dedication and great commitment.

Gugula, from Oshawa, made outstanding contributions to education at the provincial, national, and international levels in 30 years as a teacher. He served on the professional development staff of ETFO from its inception and on Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation staff prior to that. Gugula's efforts were focused on helping teachers to be stronger educators and assisting them in managing change more effectively.

Howlett, from Guelph, successfully served the federation throughout her 36 years as a teacher, mentor, and leader. She first became involved in the federation in the early 1970s as a school key teacher, later serving as a committee member, executive member, local vice-president, and president. Since retiring, she has worked as an occasional teacher and was recently elected president of the Upper Grand Occasional Teacher Local.

"ETFO is strong because of the hard work and dedication of its members and staff. It is a pleasure to recognize tonight's three recipients and the significant impact that they have had," ETFO President Emily Noble said in presenting the awards.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 65,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher union in Canada outside of Quebec.
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Contact Information

  • Johanna Brand, Communications Officer, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2339
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-2554
    Toll-Free: 888-868-3836
    E-mail: jbrand@etfo.org