Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Honours Extraordinary Achievements

    TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) has presented awards to nine people for their extraordinary
achievements in the federation and in their communities.
    James McCormack, president of the Waterloo Region Teacher Local, received
the ETFO Local Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and service at the
local level. "James McCormack is an outstanding leader who daily demonstrates
the high standards of personal and professional ethics," said ETFO President
David Clegg.
    Kenora teacher Shannon Bailey was given the Humanitarian Award for an
ETFO Member. Shannon was recognized for her initiative in establishing a
sustainable breakfast program at Lakewood School. "The benefits of Shannon's
breakfast program are felt throughout the school. ETFO is proud to have the
opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate her humanitarianism and commitment to
her community," said Clegg.
    Guelph resident Sister Christine Leyser, was honoured with the Women
Working in Social Activism on Behalf of Women and Children Award. Sister
Christine, who was nominated by the ETFO Upper Grand Teacher Local, has been
the driving force behind the creation of several local institutions that
provide food, shelter, and services to those in need. "Sister Christine has
been an inspiration for the thousands of Guelph citizens she has helped over
the past 25 years. Our federation is honoured to celebrate her accomplishments
with this award," Clegg said.
    The Health and Safety Activist Award was presented to Toronto teacher
Adam Wadon. Wadon is ensuring that the Toronto District School Board is
pressed to fulfill its obligations to the health and safety of ETFO members
and he is playing a strong role in addressing issues of violence in schools.
"Adam's commitment, advocacy, and tenacity have ensured that schools in
Toronto and beyond are safer places for our members," Clegg said.
    Toronto teacher Ricardo Rodriguez won the New Teacher of the Year Award
for his exemplary teaching practices, his involvement with the federation, and
his personification of the goals and objectives of ETFO. "Ricardo's commitment
to his students and his colleagues and his passion for social justice issues
make him the ideal teacher to receive this year's award," said Clegg.
    Limestone occasional teacher Allison Belyea won the Occasional Teacher of
the Year Award, the highest form of recognition presented to an occasional
teacher by the federation. Allison was cited for her ability to motivate her
students through her positive attitude, energy, and enthusiasm. "Allison's
professionalism and unwavering dedication to the learning needs of all her
students makes her the most deserving for this award," Clegg said.
    Waterloo Region Teacher Local communications officer John Payne was given
the Newsletter Editor's Award (multi-sheet category); and Peel Occasional
Teacher Local President Shazilla (Shelly) Jan received the Newsletter Editor's
Award (single-sheet category) for their effective and timely local
publications. "These are outstanding publications of which every member of
their locals can be proud," said Clegg.
    Simcoe County Teacher Dorothy Ramsay was honoured with the Outstanding
Role Model for Women Award. "Through her contributions to the federation and
to her community, Dorothy has earned an enviable reputation as a positive role
model both for ETFO members and women in the local community," said ETFO
President David Clegg.

    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.

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 17-20: ETFO Media
Centre, Sheraton Hall B, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Phone: (416) 945-6296,
Fax: (416) 948-6298

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