Niagara Teacher Honoured by Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Kathy Smith, an educator and life-long
federation activist, was honoured by her colleagues on August 15. Smith was
awarded an Honourary Life Membership in the Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's Annual Meeting in Toronto.
    Honourary 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.
    As a teacher, Smith worked in all divisions and achieved her Specialist
in primary education and teacher-librarianship. She participated in the
training the Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario (FWTAO)
provided to women who wanted to assume positions of added responsibility. She
subsequently worked as a principal with the Niagara District School Board
until her retirement.
    "Kathy has been an inspiration to other women who wanted to achieve
similar positions," said ETFO President Emily Noble in presenting the award to
Smith at a special dinner.
    Smith held most of the positions on the FWTAO local executive. Her most
memorable role was on the collective bargaining committee where she was chief
negotiator and committee chair. Her colleagues recognized her strengths and
elected her to the FWTAO Board of Directors in 1990. She served in this
leadership role until 1998 when the provincial government removed
administrators from the teacher bargaining unit.
    In her retirement, Smith remains active with the Retired Teachers of
Ontario where she currently serves as Local treasurer. She continues to work
to advance the status of women worldwide through her work with the Zonta Club
of Fort Erie.
    "ETFO is very proud to present Kathy Smith with an Honourary Life
Membership," said Noble.

    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),; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell),; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell),; 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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