TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Regine Baker, an educator and life-long
federation 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.
Regine began her teaching career with the York County - now York Region -
District School Board in 1972, following which she taught in all three
divisions as well as teaching 'English as a Second Language' classes. During
that time, she served as a tireless advocate for local members.
In the York Region branch of the Federation of Women Teachers'
Associations of Ontario (FWTAO), Regine served in a number of roles from
1979-1990 including Key Teacher, Treasurer, Vice-President, and President.
From 1991-1996, she served as an Executive Officer. FWTAO recognized her
abilities and seconded her to the collective bargaining department for one
year. Regine continued her federation involvement in ETFO in York Region as
Steward, Executive Member, Vice-President, and President. She also served as
local Chief Negotiator for three rounds of negotiations.
Regine was extensively involved in federation work at the provincial
level as well, serving on the FWTAO Board of Directors for eight years and the
Ontario Teachers' Federation Board of Governors for three years. She has also
served on many committees including Teacher Education Committee, Professional
Relations and Discipline Committee, and the Annual Meeting Committee.
Regine has been a York Region Delegate to annual meetings for 24 years
and has represented teachers as a delegate to the Canadian Teachers'
Federation, the Ontario Federation of Labour, and the Canadian Labour
"Although she is retired, Regine continues to contribute to the welfare
of teachers," said ETFO President David Clegg, "by sharing her expertise as a
member of the executive of the York North Retired Women Teachers' Association
and a member of the Retired Teachers of Ontario."
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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