ETFO Honours Toronto Teacher for Health and Safety Activism



    TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) has honoured Toronto teacher Adam Wadon of the Elementary Teachers of
Toronto Local for his activism in the area of health and safety issues.
    Adam received the Health and Safety Activist Award which acknowledges the
critical nature of health and safety issues in protecting the welfare of
elementary public school teachers and education workers in Ontario.
    Health and safety issues and expectations around related responsibilities
is an evolving area for union activists; Adam is ensuring that the Toronto
District School Board is pressed to fulfill its obligations to the safety of
ETFO members.
    Adam has strong involvement in health and safety issues both at the local
and provincial level. He is a member of the South West, North West, and
Central Joint Health and Safety Committee, serves on the Board of Education
Safety Association of Ontario, and travels throughout the province every year
delivering Health and Safety Activist workshops to various locals on behalf of
ETFO.
    In addition to his advocacy and education, Adam has played a strong role
in addressing issues of violence in schools, particularly in the area of
special education. As one example, his activism led to a Ministry of Labour
order requiring the Toronto District School Board to develop a board-wide
violence procedure that now applies to all students.
    "Adam's commitment, advocacy, and tenacity have ensured that schools in
the Toronto District School Board and beyond are safer places for our
members," said ETFO President David Clegg.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Larry Skory, (416) 948-0195 (cell),
lskory@etfo.org; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell), jbrand@etfo.org; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell), mmorison@etfo.org; August 17-20, ETFO Media
Centre, Sheraton Hall B, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Phone: (416) 945-6296,
Fax: (416) 948-6298

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