Thunder Bay Teacher Honoured by Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Christina Lofts, a life-long elementary teacher
and union activist, was honoured by her colleagues on August 15. Lofts 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.
    Lofts has been actively involved in the union since the beginning of her
teaching career in 1977, starting as a member and presenter for the Status of
Women Committee, locally and regionally.
    As a classroom teacher, Lofts taught French for 13 years. Later, she
taught a combined grades class of grades 4, 5 and 6 students and then taught
Grades 5 and 6.
    She began her 'second career' in the union as a corresponding secretary
with the Lakehead Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario
(FWTAO) in 1979. She held a variety of positions in FWTAO until she became
president of the Lakehead FWTAO from 1989 to 1992. She served as a director of
FWTAO from 1993-1997 and was elected as an executive member on the first ETFO
provincial executive in 1998. Loft retires from the position of ETFO Lakehead
Teacher Local president, a position she has held for seven years.
    "No matter what the position, Christina always reminded everyone, from
the Minister of Education to the parents of her students, what it is like to
be a classroom teacher in today's society, with all the pressures that they
face from every direction," ETFO President Emily Noble told the more than 500
guests at a special banquet. "She has been, and will continue to be, a vocal
advocate for teachers and public education."

    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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