TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Diane Dewing, an occasional teacher with the
Upper Canada District School Board and president of the ETFO Upper Canada
Occasional Teacher Local, was re-elected to the Executive of the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's annual meeting in
In her address to the more than 500 meeting delegates, Dewing spoke to
the need of maintaining ETFO's strong identity as a leader in elementary
"The means examining the real needs of our membership," said Dewing.
"It is time to build allies in the cause of improving public education.
It is time to highlight the work of our elementary teachers and to show people
our classrooms and who is included within them.
"Let people see what it looks like to plan lessons tiered in five minute
blocks or to create plans that truly differentiate instruction without
adequate resources or support. Clearly, few understand what we do on a daily
basis. It is time for that to change."
Dewing began her teaching career in 1982 and became an occasional teacher
in 1993. She has taught Core French at all levels, French Immersion for grades
5-8, and has worked with special needs students. She was also a specialist
teacher, teaching Morals and Ethics for grades 7-11.
Dewing was elected to the Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local executive
in 1998. She has served the local as grievance officer, chief negotiator, and
president. At the provincial level, she has been an executive member for the
past two years and has served on four ETFO task forces and on the collective
bargaining committee. Dewing is active in her community, serving as Director,
Community Living North Grenville, and as a volunteer for the Heart & Stroke
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
73,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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