TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Doug Cook, a teacher with the Upper Grand
District School Board, was elected to the Executive of the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's annual meeting in
In speaking to the more than 500 meeting delegates, Cook stressed that it
was time to assert the federation's values and pride.
"We must see ourselves as a broad-based, democratically run active
federation that builds capacity by engaging members and supporting local
leaders. We need to ensure that constructive expression of ideas is not
discouraged; we must welcome internal dialogue.
"We must integrate our pillars of action: membership protection,
professional development, political action, public relations, and equity. We
must govern ourselves with openness and integrity. And, we must always know
that we are united as colleagues regardless of differences," Cook said.
Cook has been a teacher for 17 years and has been with the Upper Grand
board since 1993. His experience includes teaching at a private school in
Waterloo, teaching on Baffin Island, and teaching young offenders in an open
Cook has been active in the federation for many years. He has served on
the Upper Grand Local executive since 1998, as chief negotiator since 2002,
and has served as both political action and public relations chair for the
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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