TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Diane Dewing, an occasional teacher with the
Upper Canada District School Board and president of the ETFO Upper Canada
Occasional Teacher Local, was elected to the Executive of the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's annual meeting in
Speaking to the more than 500 meeting delegates, Dewing underlined the
qualifications she brings to her position on the federation Executive.
"Leadership requires a vision. Realizing that vision requires hard work
and commitment," she said. "As a local president, I have successfully led my
members through difficult negotiations. Through best practices and education,
I have strengthened solidarity within my local. As a parent and community
leader, I understand the difference that a high quality public education
system makes in the lives of children and the community.
"My experience with teacher working conditions, disability issues, and
special education are part of a voice that must be heard. Let's transform
these interesting times into a further move forward for elementary teachers,"
Dewing began her teaching career in 1982 and became an occasional teacher
in 1993. She has taught Core French at all levels, French Immersion for grades
5-8, and has worked with special needs students. She was also a specialist
teacher, teaching Morals and Ethics for grades 7-11.
Dewing was elected to the Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local executive
in 1998. She has served the local as grievance officer, chief negotiator, and
president. At the provincial level, she has served on four ETFO task forces
and on the collective bargaining committee. Dewing is active in her community,
serving as Director, Community Living North Grenville, and as a volunteer for
the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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.
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