Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Honours Extraordinary Achievements

    TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) today presented awards to 12 people and one association for their
extraordinary achievements in the federation and in the community.
    Terry Card, president of the Thames Valley Occasional Teacher Local,
received the ETFO Local Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and
service at the local level. "From contractor, to financier, to advocate, to
outstanding communicator, to community leader, Terry fills all the roles with
expertise and effectiveness," said ETFO President David Clegg.
    Toronto teacher Heather Menezes was given the Humanitarian Award for an
ETFO Member. She was recognized for her initiative in founding the Horizons
Children's Centre, a non government organization established to assist
orphans, street children, and needy children in Sandema, Builsa District,
Ghana. "Heather's efforts have both provided support for the children of
Sandema and strengthened an entire community," said Clegg.
    Peel occasional teacher Vassa van Tol won the ETFO Occasional Teacher
Award, the highest form of recognition presented to an occasional teacher by
the federation. "Those who have worked with Vassa over her 23 year career have
been enriched by her contributions, dependability, enthusiasm, and good
heartedness," Clegg said.
    The Hamilton-Wentworth Council of Home and School Associations received
the ETFO Innovative Projects on Behalf of Children Living in Poverty Award for
their Walk-In Closets initiative that is providing much needed assistance to
children living in poverty. "The Council's efforts underline their belief, and
that of elementary teachers, that the cycle of poverty can only be broken by
education," said Clegg.
    Toronto teacher Vana Pistiolis won the New Teacher of the Year Award for
her exemplary teaching practices, involvement with the federation, and her
personification of the goals and objectives of ETFO. "Vana is a credit to her
school, to her union, and to her profession," Clegg said.
    Fred and Bonnie Cappuccinno were honoured with the Humanitarian Award for
a non-ETFO Member. They were lauded for their efforts in establishing
orphanages and schools in India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bangladesh, as well as for
the ongoing operation of Child Haven International, which operates seven homes
that act as orphanages and centres for women. "Ontario elementary teachers are
pleased to be among those honouring the extraordinary accomplishments of Fred
and Bonnie," said ETFO's Clegg.
    Toronto teacher Karen Brown was given the ETFO Newsletter Editor's Award
(multi-sheet); and Sandra Emery, past president of ETFO's Hamilton-Wentworth
Teacher Local received the Newsletter Editor's Award (single-sheet) for their
excellent local publications. "These are outstanding publications of which
every member of their locals can be proud," Clegg said.
    Upper Canada teacher Blaine Labelle received the ETFO Website of the Year
Award for keeping members informed through the local's website. "Taking on the
role of managing the website is an ongoing year-long commitment," said Clegg.
"It is clear that Blaine takes this responsibility very seriously and the
result is an informed membership."
    Toronto teacher Carrie Sinkowski was honoured with the ETFO Women Working
in Social Activism Award for her ongoing efforts in sexual violence
prevention, anti-poverty activism, and community development. "Community
members can take pride in Carrie's efforts to eliminate poverty and prevent
sexual violence in all its forms," Clegg said.
    Simcoe County teachers Andrea Murik and Nicholas Moxam received ETFO's
Health and Safety Activist Award for their proactive handling of issues that
affect the health and safety of teachers and education workers. "The efforts
of Andrea and Nicholas have helped members exercise their rights through work
refusals to change board practice," said Clegg.
    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across Ontario 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 11-14, ETFO Media
Centre, Queens Quay 1, Concourse Level, The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto,
Phone: (416) 957-7181; Fax: (416) 957-7180

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