TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Deb St. Amant, a teacher with the Kawartha Pine
Ridge District School Board, was re-elected to the Executive of the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's annual meeting in
St. Amant, who brings the perspective of an Aboriginal French as a Second
Language teacher to the Executive table, thanked the delegates for giving her
the opportunity to serve. "Chi miigwetch for allowing me to walk this path",
she said. "ETFO has made a step towards improving teachers' professional lives
and work-life balance with our "Close the Gap" campaign. However, we are now
behind in our salaries and the working conditions gap remains wide,
illustrating for us the struggle that lies ahead," St. Amant said.
"Strong voices are needed to guide the Executive's next steps. All voices
must be heard, felt, and respected. My voice is committed to teachers' rights,
as well as equity and social justice as demonstrated by my union work as a
curriculum writer, workshop presenter, standing committee chair and Executive
member," said St. Amant.
St. Amant began her teaching career in 1982 and has taught as a Core
French teacher and an Extended French teacher. She has been involved in the
federation on both the local and provincial levels, serving as Chairperson of
the Kawartha Pine Ridge Equity Committee, and member and chairperson of ETFO's
Aboriginal Education Standing Committee.
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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