August 16, 2017
Adelina Cecchin, president of the Greater Essex County ETFO Teacher Local, was re-elected today to the Executive of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Cecchin (pronounced Chekeen) has served on the Federation’s provincial Executive since 2009.
Speaking to more than 800 delegates at ETFO’s Annual Meeting in Toronto, Cecchin said, “Contemplating the future of bargaining, regressive government policies and the need to build local capacity in partnership with provincial ETFO must be top of mind for all of us.”
“We need to work together like never before to strengthen and expand our union movement, and powerfully organize with community partners to effect change. Our commitment to democratic principles and processes must anchor our work to ensure that strength through diversity remains unquestioned and that economic justice is a reality for all,” added Cecchin.
Adelina began teaching in 1990 and has taught primarily French immersion and French as a second language. She has been involved in ETFO locally and provincially. In addition to her current role as local president, she has been a school steward and Executive member, and has served on various committees including ten years as a member of the local negotiating team. Adelina served as a member of the ETFO Human Rights Committee and she worked with the Pension Benefits Adjudication Committee as ETFO’s representative on the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan 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.