Hamilton Teacher Elected President of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Sam Hammond, a teacher with the
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, has been elected president of the
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's annual
meeting today.
    "ETFO members should hold their heads high and be proud of our many
accomplishments as a union of professionals," Hammond told the more than 500
members attending the annual meeting.
    "However, we are not done. Together we must continue to build and
strengthen ETFO and advance and defend publically funded education. As a union
we must focus our resources; stand up for our members with resolve; and fight
to eliminate all inequitable working conditions," he said.
    "We must, without hesitation, reduce the number of unprecedented workload
initiatives, confront standardized testing, and eliminate data driven
accountability on behalf of our members. As first vice-president I have been
committed to providing our members with passionate and principled leadership.
I look forward to serving our members in this new capacity," Hammond said.
    Hammond, who has been ETFO's first vice-president since August, 2007, was
first elected to the provincial Executive in 2003. He has been a teacher in
Hamilton-Wentworth for 21 years and has taught physical education and health
from grades JK to 8. He served the Hamilton-Wentworth ETFO Teacher Local as
chief negotiator and grievance officer for five years.

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