TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Hilda Watkins, a teacher with the Greater Essex
County District School Board, was acclaimed vice-president of the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
Watkins has served on the ETFO executive for seven years. She has been
vice-president for the past two years.
"The global economy has dramatically altered Ontario's landscape. As a
union, ETFO cannot remedy the economy but we can work to mitigate its effect
on education and our profession," Watkins told the more than 500 delegates
attending the federation's annual meeting in Toronto.
"ETFO's challenge going forward will be the protection of bargaining
gains and the possible exploitation of the economic situation to hinder ETFO
A teacher for more than 30 years, Watkins taught grades 6, 7 and 8, as
well as speech, language, and special education. She is a former member of the
Governing Council of the Ontario College of Teachers. She was president of the
Greater Essex County Teacher Local from 2003 to 2006. In 2006-2007 Watkins was
president of the Ontario Teachers' Federation. She served as ETFO's
representative at OTF from 2005 to 2009, a period during which pension plan
issues were in the forefront.
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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