TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Margaret Taylor, an educator and life-long
federation union activist, was honoured by her colleagues last night when she
was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the Elementary Teachers' Federation
of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's Annual Meeting in Toronto.
Honorary Life Memberships, the federation's highest form of recognition,
are given to members who have retired from the education profession and who
have given outstanding service to the federation at the provincial level.
Margaret has gained a wealth of experience over her 37 years in
education, both from teaching and from her work with the federation.
She began her teaching career in 1972 in a small isolated fishing village
in north-eastern Quebec and then took a teaching position with the Peel Board
of Education in 1975. During her first month teaching in Peel, she attended
her first Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario (FWTAO) dinner
and quickly became involved in the work of the federation. She served in many
positions including Chief Negotiator of the Peel Teacher Local, Key Teacher,
Executive Member, chair of the Public Relations Committee and Professional
Development Committee, and editor of the local's newsletter.
Provincial federation activities were also an important part of
Margaret's professional life when she worked in Peel. She attended every
annual meeting since 1979 and became FWTAO's representative on various
Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario committees. Margaret became a
member of the FWTAO Board of Directors in 1995 and continued on the Board
until she accepted a secondment to FWTAO in the Collective Bargaining
Department in 1997. She continued to work in collective bargaining until her
retirement this year. One of the highlights of her career was assisting
teachers in Nunavut to negotiate their first collective agreement.
"Margaret's Honorary Life Membership is a recognition of her many
contributions to the welfare of teachers in Ontario," noted ETFO President
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.
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