Teacher From Blind River New OTF President

TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The OTF Board of Governors on August 24, 2011 elected Blind River teacher Francine LeBlanc-Lebel as the 68th President of the Ontario Teachers' Federation at its Annual Meeting in Ottawa.

A teacher for more than three decades, Francine LeBlanc-Lebel is a graduate of Laurentian University.

A true northerner, LeBlanc-Lebel has been with the same school board for her entire career teaching Grades 6 and 7 in our francophone school system. She is now teaching the sons and daughters of some of her former pupils.

LeBlanc-Lebel has been very active in her Affiliate—l'Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO)— since the early 80's serving as a negotiator for as well as a member of its Provincial Executive. She has also been a Governor of the Ontario Teachers' Federation and a member of its Executive.

During her initial address as President, LeBlanc-Lebel encouraged teachers to register as organ donors saying, "Being an organ donor and registering that intention can make a difference in so many other lives, it is in keeping with the moral purpose of teaching."

While serving as OTF President, Francine LeBlanc-Lebel is on leave from le Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario.

Also elected at the same meeting were:

Past President:     
First Vice-President:    
Second Vice-President:   
        Rian McLaughlin, Hamilton
George (Joe) Lamoureux, Barrie
Julie Pauletig,  York Region

The Ontario Teachers' Federation is the advocate for the teaching profession in Ontario and for its 160,000 teachers.  OTF members are full-time, part-time and occasional teachers in all the publicly funded  schools in the province—elementary, secondary, public, Catholic and francophone.



SOURCE Ontario Teachers' Federation

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