TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Doug Cook, a teacher with the Upper Grand
District School Board, was re-elected to the Executive of the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at the federation's annual meeting in
Cook, a member of the provincial executive since 2007, told meeting
delegates that while ETFO has many accomplishments to celebrate, it must
continue to move forward to new and improved outcomes.
"We can be proud of our principled attempt to close the gap in working
conditions and establish a new Canadian standard. We championed enhancing
student learning, alleviating teacher workload, and protecting jobs during
declining enrolment and a faltering economy.
But there is still more to be done", said Cook.
"ETFO must continue to challenge the inequities that exist in the status
quo despite controversy, resistance, and set-backs. Similarly, ETFO must
internally challenge ourselves, reach beyond the limitations of a militant
focus, and be a full service, broad-based, professional organization. Our
collective bargaining must be strategic and member-centered, our equity and
social justice action must be exemplary, and professional development must
honour self-determined needs."
Cook has been a teacher for 17 years and has been with the Upper Grand
board since 1993. His experience includes teaching on Baffin Island and
teaching young offenders in an open custody facility.
Cook has been active in the federation for many years. He has served on
the Upper Grand Local executive since 1998, has been the local's chief
negotiator since 2002, and has served as both political action and public
relations chair for the local.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
73,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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