Former Simcoe County Teacher and Union Activist Honoured By Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Bob Blackwood, an educator and life-long
federation activist, was honoured by his colleagues last night when he was
awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's Annual Meeting in Toronto.
    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.
    Bob began his teaching career in 1965 with the Etobicoke Board of
Education. His involvement in the federation grew from the moment he attended
his first federation meeting. He moved to the Simcoe County School Board in
1970 where his active participation in the federation continued.
    Bob's contributions at the local level have been many and varied. He was
President of the Simcoe District of the Ontario Public School Teachers'
Federation (OPSTF) and the first President of ETFO's Simcoe County Teacher
    The Simcoe District of OPSTF recognized Bob's service to the membership
by awarding him the Mary C. Hill Award for outstanding leadership and the
Meritorious Award for outstanding service to the local. Bob also received an
Honorary Life Membership from the Simcoe County Teacher Local in 2000.
    At the provincial level, Bob has been a delegate to annual meetings for
35 years. He served on the ETFO task force studying fee rebates, the OPSTF
Pension and Benefits Committee both as a member and chair, and on the
Adjudication Committee of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.
    "Many of Bob's fond memories of his federation involvement centre around
union victories, including the fight for the right to strike, becoming a
partner in the pension plan, and the establishment of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario. Bob has said of his involvement in the federation that
he has gotten more than he ever gave. Those who know Bob and have worked with
him would beg to differ," 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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