TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Rian McLaughlin, a teacher with the
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and president of the
Hamilton-Wentworth ETFO Occasional Teacher Local, was re-elected to the
Executive of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at its
annual meeting in Toronto today.
"Addressing the unjustifiable imbalance between elementary and secondary
funding is clearly our number one challenge," McLaughlin told the more than
500 delegates attending the meeting.
"Remedying this imbalance will take commitment and resources.
Collaborative, preparatory work has already begun at every level of this
organization. To achieve our goals, we will need to be focused and draw on the
unique strengths of our diverse membership. We especially need to make every
effort to engage and support our newest members," McLaughlin said.
In addition to her role as ETFO Local president, McLaughlin has served as
chair of the local's professional development committee, communications
committee, and as coordinator of public relations and political action.
In 1995, McLaughlin was named ETFO Local Leader of the Year in
recognition of her exceptional contributions to her local and to the
provincial organization. She is an alumnus of the Governor General's Canadian
McLaughlin began her teaching career in 1989. She is active in her
community and has supported such causes as the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation, Kids Help Phone, Womankind Addiction Service, and the Sexual
Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area. Hamilton's Mayor has twice cited her for
her environmental work with Keep Hamilton Blooming!.
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),
email@example.com; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell), email@example.com; August 13-16, ETFO Media
Centre, Queens Quay 1, Concourse Level, The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto,
Phone: (416) 957-7181, Fax: (416) 957-7180