Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

August 16, 2005 15:39 ET

ETFO HONOURS HIATUS HOUSE DIRECTOR

ETFO HONOURS HIATUS HOUSE DIRECTOR FOR HELPING ABUSED WOMEN, CHILDREN Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 16, 2005) - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today honoured Donna Miller, executive director of Hiatus House, Windsor, in recognition of her efforts to eliminate violence against women and children in Ontario.

ETFO President Emily Noble presented Miller with the Women Working in Social Activism on behalf of Women and Children Award at ETFO's Annual Meeting in Toronto. The award may be granted each year by ETFO to an individual or group who do not hold ETFO membership but have been outstanding social activists on behalf of women and children in Ontario. The Greater Essex Teacher Local nominated Miller for the award.

"Donna has been the executive director of Hiatus House since 1976. Hiatus House is a residential program that provides emergency shelter for abused women and their children. Under the direction of Donna and its board of directors, it has grown from a nine-bed crisis centre to a forty-two bed center, providing emergency shelter, food, and counselling services to victims of domestic violence," Noble said, presenting Miller with the $5000 award.

"Hiatus House recognizes that the abuse of women is all too prevalent in society and that the consequences of this abuse impact on family, friends, the community, and society at large. Hiatus House is dedicated to the elimination of violence against women and children," Noble said.

"On behalf of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, I want to thank you for your efforts and the significant impact you have had on the lives of so many women and children," Noble said.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 65,000 elementary public 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