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

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Val Duhaime, an educator and life-long
federation activist, was honoured by her colleagues last night when she 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.
    Val began her teaching career with the Sudbury District School Board -
now part of the Rainbow District School Board. She has taught virtually all
grades as well as taking the role of vice-principal and principal before
dedicating her professional life to the work of the federation.
    Over the years, Val has served the federation as a member on the
Political Action Committee and eventually chair of the Regional Political
Action Committee in the Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario
(FWTAO), and as Vice-President and President of the Sudbury Women Teachers'
Association. She went on to be the first President of the Rainbow Teacher
Local and ensured a smooth transition during amalgamation. Val also served as
President of the Rainbow Occasional Teacher Local for several years.
    Val's skills as chief negotiator served her membership well as she
negotiated the first and subsequent collective agreements of the Rainbow
Teacher Local. One of her proudest accomplishments was negotiating the
reinstatement of retirement gratuities for all teachers in the local.
    Val's involvement at the provincial level has been extensive and varied.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of the FWTAO and the ETFO Fee
Rebate and Release Time and the Consolidation of Bargaining Units Task Forces,
and represented her local as a delegate at many annual meetings. Val's
experience and expertise benefitted members across Ontario during the 18
months she worked in Professional Relations Services at the provincial office.
    "Val's colleagues from the Rainbow Teacher Local share their appreciation
for the expertise and guidance Val has provided to members over the years. We
thank Val for the service she has given to the teachers of her local and the
province," 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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