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Grand Erie teacher Susan Swackhammer receives ETFO Honorary Life Member Award

August 15, 2019

TORONTO – Susan Swackhammer, a teacher and former Executive member of the Grand Erie Teacher Local and ETFO first vice-president, received an Honorary Life Member Award from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) last night 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 have given outstanding service to the Federation.

Susan, who taught all grades from Kindergarten to Grade 8, served as president of the Brant Teacher Local of the Federation of Women Teachers’ Associations of Ontario (FWTAO) from 1991-1995. She began serving on the FWTAO provincial executive in 1995. In 1998, when the FWTAO and the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation joined to form ETFO, Susan was one of the founding executive members of ETFO and served as its first vice-president from 1998-2000. Susan was a leader in helping to build an ETFO constitution that ensured women had a place on the provincial Executive and that funding for women’s programs was guaranteed.

In 2009, Susan was again elected first vice-president of ETFO and served on the provincial Executive in that position until her retirement in 2017. She was a five-time international delegate to the Education International World Congress and its Women’s Caucus and held leadership positions with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and Canadian Teachers’ Federation.

“Susan helped build our Federation to be the strongest and most influential teacher union in Canada,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “Her dedication to equity, social justice and women’s issues has left an indelible impact on the lives of ETFO members and the students we serve.”

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. ETFO’s Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at

For more information contact:
Valerie Dugale: (416) 948-0195 (cell);
Denise Hammond: (416) 948-2428 (cell);