August 16, 2017
Gundi Barbour, an Upper Grand teacher and president of the Upper Grand 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, Barbour said, “ETFO members are facing increased demands in the workplace with decreasing support and resources. We have reached a time of crisis that demands a reasoned, innovative and compassionate approach, one that establishes effective relationships with other stakeholders and the government.”
Gundi began her teaching career in 1989 with the former Wellington County Board of Education, which later became the Upper Grand District School Board. She began her union experience as a school steward and served as a local Executive member and vice-president before being elected president of the Upper Grand Teacher Local in 2014. Gundi also served as chair of the Status of Women, Political Action and First Five committees and as a member of the Collective Bargaining Committee.
At the provincial level, Gundi has served as the chair of ETFO’s Special Education Standing Committee, acted as a Women in Action facilitator and served as a member of a work group on fostering community engagement.
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.