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Former Toronto Teacher and Union Activist Honoured By ETFOElaine Salisbury receives ETFO Honorary Life Membership
August 18, 2011
TORONTO – Elaine Salisbury, the founding president of the Toronto Occasional Teacher Local, was honoured by her colleagues last night when she was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (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.
Elaine began her teaching career in the mid-seventies and resumed in 1989 after spending the pre-school years with her children. She was the driving force in unionizing and mobilizing occasional teachers in North York. At their inaugural meeting in October of 1990, Elaine became their first president.
When Metropolitan Toronto amalgamated in 1998, Elaine became the founding president of the Toronto Occasional Teacher Local and held that position until 2005. This was a time of change and challenge for all leaders in education and Elaine guided the local with thoughtful, strong leadership. She advocated tirelessly for occasional teacher rights both within ETFO and the Toronto District School Board.
At the provincial level, Elaine served on numerous Federation task forces and committees. She was a member of the Member Survey Task Force, the Provincial Rebate and Release Time Task Force, and the Collective Bargaining Standing Committee. Elaine served as a delegate to 20 annual meetings of the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation (OPSTF) and ETFO.
“Given Elaine’s involvement in organizing occasional teachers as well as her work in advocating for their rights and working conditions throughout her career, it is extremely fitting that she be the first career occasional teacher to receive an Honorary Life Membership from ETFO,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond.
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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