August 16, 2017
Mary Fowler, a Durham teacher and first vice-president of the ETFO Durham Teacher Local, was elected to the Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today.
Speaking to more than 800 ETFO members at the Federation’s Annual Meeting, Fowler said, “Dialogue and consensus building are pivotal to expanding the engagement of our members and the strength of our organization. We are stronger because of the diversity of our membership and need to ensure those voices are listened to and contemplated.”
“In order to have success, we must work with our friends in the labour movement and with community members who share our priorities. We have a great opportunity to make adequate funding of education a key focus of the 2018 provincial election,” added Fowler.
Mary began her teaching career in 2009 at the Durham District School Board teaching core French and then French immersion in grades one and three. She served as member-at-large, treasurer and second vice-president of the Durham Teacher Local before being elected first vice-president in 2016. Mary is a delegate of the Durham Region Labour Council and she ran as the NDP candidate for Oshawa in the 2015 federal election.
In the community, Mary is a director of the board with YWCA Durham, treasurer and executive board member of We Are Oshawa and a trustee of the Oshawa Public Libraries Board.
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.