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Grand Erie teacher Sabrina Sawyer elected to provincial Executive of Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

August 15, 2019

TORONTO, ON – Grand Erie teacher Sabrina Sawyer has been elected to the provincial Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

Speaking to more than 800 ETFO members at the Federation’s Annual Meeting, Sawyer said, “The current political climate under the Ford Conservative government is going to demand unity within our union to fight for public education on behalf of our students and our members.”

“When we embrace the unique perspectives of our members, along with values of social justice, anti-oppression and anti-racism, we are a force to be reckoned with and a model for diversity and strength within public education and our communities,” added Sawyer.

Sabrina began her career as an occasional teacher in 2005 after graduating from Trent University with a Bachelor of Education. She taught in Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and at Six Nations of the Grand River before teaching in the Grand Erie District School Board starting in 2007. She is currently an Indigenous Education Lead/Teacher Consultant for the Board.

In 2015, Sabrina was elected to the Executive of the ETFO Grand Erie Teacher Local where she has served on the Collective Bargaining and Status of Women Committees. At her school board, she has served as chairperson of the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee and as a member of the Compensatory Education, Safe and Inclusive Schools- Equity and Tragic Events Response Team Committees. She received a Local Leadership Advocacy Award in 2016.

Along with consulting on Indigenous curriculum for the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Mohawk Institute and National Film Board. Sabrina has developed curriculum resources for ETFO. She is a member of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Advisory Committee for Indigenous Education and has presented at ETFO’s provincial conference for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Indigenous Women in Leadership. She has been a speaker and facilitator at her school board, Niagara College and Brock University and is currently a member of the Brantford Aboriginal Homelessness Alliance.

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 BuildingBetterSchools.ca.

For more information contact:
Valerie Dugale: (416) 948-0195 (cell); vdugale@etfo.org
Denise Hammond: (416) 948-2428 (cell); dhammond@etfo.org