TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Barbara Burkett, a teacher and former
Vice-President of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), has
received the federation's President's Award.
The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions
to ETFO during the past year. Burkett received the award at the federation's
annual meeting Wednesday.
Burkett has been a teacher for 25 years, working with students from
Kindergarten to grade 8 in Northern Ontario.
Burkett has a long and solid history as a federation leader. She was
president of the Timiskaming Women Teachers' Association during the political
protests of 1997. She has been active in the Ontario North East Local since
its inception and was Local president from 2001 to 2004. In addition to being
a member of the ETFO Executive for the past eight years, she has been a chair
of the status of women committee, an Ontario Teachers' Federation governor,
chair of the provincial grievance committee, and a member of a host of other
Burkett was lauded for her strong dedication to the federation and its
objectives and for her unwavering commitment to the principles of equity and
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.
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