August 15, 2019
TORONTO, ON – Amy Chevis, president of the Simcoe County Occasional Teacher Local, 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 in Toronto, Chevis said, "Having mobilized members when the government imposed Bill 115 in 2012, I believe and trust in the power of collaboration with other unions and the public.”
"Working with our education affiliates and building community relationships are critically important in our fight to protect collective bargaining rights and public education, particularly given the Ford Conservatives’ massive cuts to public education and public services," added Chevis.
Amy began teaching in 2007 after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts and Education from Lakehead University. She was first elected to the Simcoe County Occasional Teacher Local Executive in 2010. She served as Equity Chair before being elected president in 2012. Her work began with mobilizing members against the Bill 115 legislation imposed on teachers and continues by engaging members to help protect publicly funded education.
At the provincial level, Amy has been a member of ETFO’s Collective Bargaining Standing Committee for three years, serving as Chair this past year. She has attended numerous conferences and workshops for ETFO leaders and been a presenter on collective bargaining processes. Amy has been a member of the Barrie District Labour Council since 2014 and has been a delegate to both the Ontario Federation of Labour and Canadian Labour Congress conventions.
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.
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