ETFO Awards Five Honorary Life Memberships

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) honoured five people last night at its Annual Meeting in Toronto. Val
Duhaime from Silver Water, Regine Baker from Toronto, Margaret Taylor from
Oakville, Bob Blackwood from Barrie, and Anna Huston from Whitby became the
latest ETFO honorary life members.
    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.
    Val Duhaime has had an extensive career in unionism, both with ETFO and
with the Federation of Women's Teachers' Association of Ontario (FWTAO), one
of ETFO's predecessor organizations. Her skills as chief negotiator served her
membership well as she negotiated the first and subsequent collective
agreements for the Rainbow Teacher Local and the reinstatement of retirement
gratuities for all teachers in the local. "We thank Val for the service she
has given to the teachers of her local and the province," said ETFO President
David Clegg.
    Throughout her 36-year career, collective bargaining, both at the local
and provincial level, has been a major part of Regine Baker's professional
life. As a member of the Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario
in York Region, she served as local Chief Negotiator for three rounds of
negotiations. FWTAO saw the abilities that Regine had and seconded her to the
collective bargaining department at provincial office. "Regine's Honorary Life
Membership reflects her many contributions and service to the teachers of
Ontario," said Clegg.
    Margaret Taylor receives her award after a 37-year career serving as a
teacher advocate for the Federation of Women's Teachers' Associations of
Ontario and ETFO. One of the highlights of her career was the negotiation of
one of the first collective agreements under the Social Contract when she was
Chief Negotiator for the Peel Elementary Teacher Local. She continued to work
in collective bargaining at the ETFO provincial office until her retirement
this year. "Margaret's Honorary Life Membership is a recognition of her many
contributions to the welfare of elementary teachers in Ontario," Clegg said.
    Bob Blackwood's contributions to the federation, at both the local and
provincial levels, have been many and varied. He was President of the Simcoe
District of the Ontario Public School Teachers' federation, the first
President of ETFO's Simcoe County Local, a member of the ETFO provincial task
force studying fee rebates, a member and chair of the Ontario Public School
Teachers' Federation Pension and Benefits Committee, and a member of the
Adjudication Committee of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. "Bob has said of
his involvement in the federation that he has gotten more then he ever gave,"
said Clegg. "Those who have worked with him would beg to differ."
    Anna Huston is retiring this year after a 34-year career with the
Scarborough Board of Education and the Durham District School Board. During
this time, she served the federation in a number of areas and became known as
a tireless advocate for members within the local. She served as Vice-President
and First Vice-President of the Durham Teacher Local and was a member of
ETFO's Representative Council and a provincial task force which reviewed
campaign deadlines. One of the fondest memories of her Federation involvement
include having a resolution that she initiated pass at the ETFO Annual Meeting
for inclusion in the new Constitution. "Anna always approached her work with a
great deal of passion and a strong sense of justice," 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),; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell),; Mary
Morison, 416-948-3406 (cell),; 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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