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ETFO mourns with NSTU, families

​Thisletter from ETFO President Sam Hammond​ was sent to the​ Nova Scotia Teachers Union on April 21​, 2020.​​​​​​

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Fédération des enseignantes et des enseignants de l'élémentaire de l'Ontario (FEEO)

136 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 0B5

Telephone: 416-962-3836 Tollfree: 1-888-838-3836

Fax: 416-642-2424

April 21, 2020

Paul Wozney 
Nova Scotia Teachers Union 
3106 Joseph Howe Drive 
Halifax, NS B3L 4L7

Dear Paul: 

​On behalf of the 83,000 members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, I want to express our deep condolences to the Nova Scotia Teachers Union regarding the tragic death of member Lisa McCully. 

Our hearts go out to Lisa’s family, NSTU member Dean Stevenson, partner of slain Constable Heidi Stevenson, as well as to the families of the many Nova Scotians who died in this senseless tragedy. 

The bonds we all share as educators come from a deep understanding and appreciation of the passion and expertise that members like Lisa have brought to the teaching profession. Her care and dedication to her grades 3 and 4 students of Debert Elementary Public School will be sorely missed as will her love for her two children and family members. 

​Whether on the front lines of education or the front lines of policing, Lisa McCully and Constable Stevenson dedicated their lives to helping people. As unionists, we know that there is no higher calling than public service. 

It will take time for NSTU members and all people in Nova Scotia to process the tragedy that has taken place in your province. Please know that ETFO members and people across this country stand with you in this time of deep tragedy. From our homes, we send to you the message #NovaScotiaStrong in solidarity.


Sam Hammond,

cc: Janine Kerr, Executive Director

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