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Toronto teacher Yvette Blackburn elected to provincial Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

August 19, 2020

TORONTO, ON – Delegates to the 2020 virtual Annual Meeting of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today elected Yvette Blackburn to the provincial Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Blackburn, a teacher with the Toronto District School Board, was previously appointed to the ETFO provincial Executive for the 2016-2017 year.

Addressing 800 Annual Meeting delegates, Blackburn said, “In these trying times, it is paramount that ETFO stand up for all members. Distance learning has created unparalleled stress and anxiety in the working lives of our members.”

“I will help ensure that ETFO is an indomitable voice in addressing the opening of schools, class composition, professional autonomy and judgement and especially prioritizing member health and safety. It is critical that we monitor school boards to ensure contract compliance with our bargaining rights. Given the current realignment in teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that teachers can do the job they were hired to do in a way that protects their health and well-being,” added Blackburn.

Yvette began her teaching career in 2005 with the Toronto District School Board and has taught grades 5 to 8. She also served as guidance counsellor for a family of schools. Prior to teaching, Yvette obtained a B.A. in Criminology, B.A. in Political Science and served as a policy/program consultant and program counsellor for organizations providing assistance to at-risk youth. At the Elementary Teachers of Toronto, she has served as co-chair of the Anti-racism, Equity and Social Justice, Political Action and Professional Development Committees, and has been a member of the Collective Bargaining, Legislative and Constitution, Budget and Elections Committees.

In the broader community, Yvette’s work includes serving as vice-chair of the Toronto Police Service’s Black Community Consultative Committee, TPS-PACER Committee and regional vice-president of the National Council of Jamaicans and Supportive Organizations in Canada. Yvette is the representative for Canada for the Jamaican Diaspora Board under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

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

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