ETFO Honours Local Woman for Outstanding Social Activism

    TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) has honoured Sister Christine Leyser with the Women Working in Social
Activism on Behalf of Women and Children - Women's Program Award for her more
than 25 years of outstanding service to the Guelph community.
    The award may be granted each year to an individual female or group of
females who do not hold ETFO membership but have been outstanding social
activists on behalf of women and children in Ontario.
    Sister Christine, who was nominated by the ETFO Upper Grand Teacher
Local, has been the driving force behind the creation of several institutions
that provide food, shelter, and services to those in need.
    She is the founder of the Welcome In Drop-In Centre, which has been a
haven for homeless persons and those suffering from mental illness, isolation,
and economic marginalization. In addition to 'Welcome In', Sister Christine is
responsible for the founding of several other social projects, including the
Dwelling Place, a supportive living home; Stepping Stone, which offers
emergency accommodation for men; Elizabeth Place, a shelter for women and
children who are homeless; and Yorkhaven, an affordable townhome complex.
    Sister Christine has received numerous awards recognizing her selfless
service on behalf of adults and children in need. She was named to the Order
of Canada in 2008 and was one of 12 winners of the Ontario Medal for Good
Citizenship awarded by the Guelph Police Services which also named her Citizen
of the Year.
    "Sister Christine has been an inspiration for the thousands of Guelph
citizens she has helped over the past 25 years," said ETFO President David
Clegg. "Our federation is honoured to celebrate her accomplishments with this

    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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