Hamilton-Wentworth Teacher Elected First Vice-President of The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

    TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Sam Hammond, a teacher with the
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, was elected first vice-president of
the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's
annual meeting today.
    "We have accomplished a great deal as a union; still, there is much more
to be done," Hammond told the more than 500 delegates attending the annual
meeting. "We must continue to work with the key stakeholders in public
education, but we must be prepared to move beyond political rhetoric. As a
union, our focus must always be on our members and creating meaningful change
in their lives.
    "We must insist on a significant reduction in the administrative trivia
that is consuming our members. We must ensure that class sizes are reduced in
all classrooms and fight to increase the essential supports and resources our
members require. We must work tirelessly to make certain that the voices of
our diverse, practiced professionals are heeded when decisions are being made
that impact the realities of their workplaces."
    Hammond, who has been ETFO's vice-president since August, 2004, 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 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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