ETFO Awards Honourary Life Memberships

    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) honoured four people last night at its Annual Meeting. Artie Cooper of
Marathon, Christina Lofts from Thunder Bay, Fred Mayor from Markham, and Kathy
Smith from Sherkston became the latest ETFO honourary life members.
    Honourary 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.
    Artie Cooper spent more than 36 years as a teacher and union leader with
the local Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation and ETFO executive. He
served on every negotiating team and held every position on the local
executive, including local president. "Artie has worked tirelessly to effect
changes in the lives of members," said ETFO President Emily Noble.
    Christina Lofts retires after a 30-year career with ETFO and the
Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario (FWTAO), one of ETFO's
predecessor organizations. She became president of the Lakehead FWTAO local in
1989 and has served as a FWTAO director, an executive member on the first ETFO
provincial executive and an ETFO local president. "Christina has been, and
will continue to be, a vocal advocate for teachers and public education," said
    Over his 45 years of union activity, Fred Mayor excelled in collective
bargaining. As an occasional teacher chief negotiator, he was the first to
negotiate a daily rate tied to the teachers' salary rate. ETFO's Noble called
Mayor "an inspirational leader to the pioneers of occasional teacher
organizing and bargaining in Ontario and all occasional teacher leaders who
have followed in their footsteps."
    Kathy Smith, who worked as a principal until her retirement, held most of
the positions on the FWTAO executive. Her most memorable role was on the
collective bargaining committee where she was chief negotiator and committee
chair. She also served in the leadership role of FWTAO Director. "Kathy has
been an inspiration to other women who wanted to achieve similar positions,"
said Noble.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
70,000 public elementary 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),; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell),; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell),; August 13-16, 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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