July 12, 2019
Toronto, ON – Diane Dewing, a long-time member of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and current president of the Ontario Teachers' Federation, has received the 2019 Special Recognition Award from the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF).
Presented at the CTF's 99th Annual Meeting in Ottawa, the award recognizes long-time leadership in educational excellence. Dewing was cited for her advocacy of public education and the teaching profession at local, provincial and federal levels.
"Growing up, my teachers stepped beyond a purely pedagogical role to support me in countless ways and change the course of my life," Dewing told the conference of educators gathered from across Canada. "Their dedication and commitment inspired me to step into their shoes and into a profession that I love."
"The knowledge and relationships created in publicly-funded public education is society's great equalizer," she added.
An occasional teacher with the Upper Canada District School Board, Diane served as president of the ETFO Upper Canada Teacher Local for 18 years. She was a member of the ETFO provincial Executive for 12 years, including as the Federation's representative to the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF).
"Diane's leadership has touched thousands of students and educators in the most positive way. Not only is she is a fierce advocate of publicly-funded public education, she has always found ways to provide support to our most marginalized students," said ETFO President Sam Hammond.
Diane has served on numerous provincial committees as well as on the CTF's Human Rights and Diversity Committee. Diane served on the board of directors for both Community Living North Grenville and Lanark County Interval House and has provided her expertise to Community Living Ontario. In 2018 she was awarded the Carol McGregor Disability Activist Award by the Canadian Labour Congress.
ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at www.BuildingBetterSchools.ca.
For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations:Valerie Dugale, 1-888-838-3836 x2331, cell: 416-948-0195, firstname.lastname@example.org