ETFO Honours Windsor Woman for Helping Disadvantaged and Victimized Women and Children



    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) today honoured Windsor lawyer and social activist Marion Overholt, in
recognition of her efforts to eliminate poverty and violence for women and
children in Ontario.
    ETFO President Emily Noble presented Overholt with the Women Working in
Social Activism on behalf of Women and Children Award at ETFO's annual meeting
in Toronto. 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. The Greater Essex
Teacher Local nominated Overholt for the award.
    "Marion has been a strong and proud member of the Windsor and District
Labour Council Executive as the Social Justice Representative since 2001. This
is unusual because she does not have an official union affiliation. Instead,
she has elected to bring her legal expertise to address community social
justice issues in partnership with the Labour Council," Noble said in
presenting Overholt with the award.
    Overholt has a long history of assisting women in the Windsor area. Her
work with the disadvantaged and victimized began with one of her earliest
placements as a lawyer with the Hiatus House Complainant Support Program.
    "Marion has been a strong voice for those who live in poverty," Noble
added. "She tackles these issues on a community level through her work with
the Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex and her efforts to save "Welcome
Centre for Human Potential", a local women's shelter.
    "If there is a rally to support peace, protect the environment, oppose
thoughtless government decisions, support injured workers, or advocate for
women, you will likely find her in the audience lending support or on the
podium leading the rally," Noble said.

    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),
lskory@etfo.org; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell), jbrand@etfo.org; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell), mmorison@etfo.org; 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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