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Niagara Occasional Teacher Local wins ETFO Member Service and Engagement Award

August 13, 2019

TORONTO, ON – The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Niagara Occasional Teacher Local with its 2019 Member Service and Engagement Award.

The award recognizes the excellence of ETFO locals in engaging members, providing outstanding service, and employing innovative strategies to communicate with and involve members in the Federation.

Led by President Mark Carter, the Niagara Occasional Teacher Local prides itself on consistently providing outstanding service and support for members. To ensure that the Executive team is knowledgeable and equipped with the most up-to-date information on issues and events, the team participates in provincial meetings and conferences, allowing them to make informed recommendations to members. Three Executive members currently sit on ETFO provincial standing committees.

Niagara Occasional Teacher Local provides effective communications and ways for members to be involved in the local. Every month, professional learning opportunities are provided for members through ETFO provincial and at the request of members. Along with a variety of social events, there are new members, social, budget and collective bargaining committees and members are encouraged to propose new committees they believe will reflect the needs and diversity of the local. A variety of communications are employed to keep members informed and in touch including telephone, face-to-face meetings, monthly newsletters, email blasts, school visits, flyers and pamphlets and fall/spring Annual General Meetings.

"With an impressive array of strategies, the Niagara Occasional Teacher Local overcomes the challenges of reaching out, staying connected, serving and empowering occasional teachers to be as engaged with their union as possible," said ETFO President Sam Hammond.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. ETFO's Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at