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Durham teacher Mary Fowler re-elected to provincial Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

August 15, 2019

TORONTO, ON – Mary Fowler, a Durham teacher and first vice-president of the ETFO Durham Teacher Local, has been re-elected to the provincial Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Fowler was first elected to the ETFO Executive in 2017.

Speaking to more than 800 ETFO members at the Federation’s Annual Meeting, Fowler said, “Each day, it is more apparent that the Ford Conservative government intends to gut Ontario’s world-class education system built by our educators by cutting costs and corners at every turn.”

“I am inspired by the mass movement of people who have converged to defend public education. Region by region, ETFO will continue to amplify its message with the voices of our 83,000 members and the voices of parents, community and labour partners. We will remain united in calling for investment, not cuts to public education,” added Fowler.

Mary began her teaching career in 2009 at the Durham District School Board teaching core French and then French immersion in grades 1 and 3. She served as member-at-large, treasurer and second vice-president of the Durham Teacher Local before being elected first vice-president in 2017. Mary ran as the New Democratic Party candidate for Oshawa in the 2015 federal election.

In the community, Mary is vice-president of the YWCA Durham Board, former treasurer and executive board member of We Are Oshawa and a former trustee of the Oshawa Public Libraries Board. Mary is currently second vice-president of the Durham Region Labour Council.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at

For more information contact:
Valerie Dugale: (416) 948-0195 (cell);
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