Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

August 17, 2005 14:16 ET

Greater Essex Teacher Elected to ETFO Executive

Hilda Watkins Elected to ETFO Executive Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2005) -
Hilda Watkins, a teacher with the Greater Essex County District School Board, has been elected the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) representative on the provincial Executive of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO). The election took place at ETFO's annual meeting in Toronto.

"The past decade has been chaotic for the education sector. The faces of the politicians may have changed. Nevertheless, many issues challenging our profession and our professionalism remain on-going and, as such, need to be addressed collectively and strategically," Watkins told over 600 delegates to the meeting. "OTF is the only organization that affords all teachers in publicly-funded education such a voice.

"Teachers in Ontario require strong advocacy for public education and the teaching professions. We benefit from meaningful, coordinated involvement of the teachers' unions through OTF in responding to government legislation. Additionally, OTF plays a crucial role in monitoring and managing our pension plan," Watkins said.

Watkins has taught grades 6, 7, and 8 in Essex County, as well as speech and language and special education. She has been active in her local union for many years. She previously served on the ETFO Executive, and is currently the president of the Greater Essex County ETFO Teacher Local. In addition, Watkins is a member of the Council of the Ontario College of Teachers.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) represents 65,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher union in Canada outside of Quebec.
/For further information: Mary Morison, 416-962-3836, Ext. 2337, 416-948-3406 (cell), mmorison@etfo.org
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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