Former Niagara Teacher and Union Activist Honoured by ETFOJim McMahon receives ETFO Honorary Life Membership
August 18, 2011
TORONTO –Jim McMahon, a former president of Lincoln district teachers and a long-time staff member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in ETFO at its Annual Meeting in Toronto. Honorary Life Memberships, the Federation’s highest form of recognition, are given to members who have retired from the education profession and who have given outstanding service to the Federation.
Jim began his teaching career with the Lincoln District School Board (now the District School Board of Niagara) in 1973 where he taught subjects including English, math, history and physical educationin the junior and intermediate divisions. In his third year of teaching, he became an executive member of the Ontario Public School Men Teachers’ Federation (OPSMTF) Lincoln District. From 1988 to 1997, he served as president of the Lincoln District of the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation (OPSTF). He also served on the Economic Policy Committee from 1980 to 1997 and as chief negotiator/chair for 12 of those years. A recipient of the Mary C. Hill Award for outstanding local leadership in 1995, Jim instituted the OPSTF Lincoln Benevolent Fund, which provided substantial monies for bursaries, and school breakfast programs.
At the provincial level, Jim served as both a member and chair of the Pension Committee, the Building Committee and the Safe Schools Task Force before joining the provincial staff of OPSTF in 1997. Within ETFO, Jim was a key member of the collective bargaining staff. During his years on staff, Jim became an expert on member benefits as he provided guidance for benefit priorities throughout the province. Under his responsibility, ETFO’s credit courses flourished and the number of instructors and course participants grew dramatically. Of all the work Jim did as a member of provincial staff, he is most proud of being a part of the building of ETFO and the strengthening of collective bargaining.
“Jim received an Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) Fellowship in 2007,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “This is just one more indicator of the respect that the federation community has for Jim’s outstanding work on behalf of teachers throughout his career.”
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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