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Upper Canada teacher Sylvia van Campen elected to provincial Executive of Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

August 15, 2019

TORONTO, ON – Sylvia van Campen, an Upper Canada teacher and president of the Upper Canada 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, van Campen said, “Public education in Ontario is under attack with massive cuts by the Ford Conservatives. ETFO must continue to lead in the defense of our world-class education system.”

“As a local president, I know that when our work in the classroom is not supported, members suffer and our students do not get the best learning conditions to succeed. ETFO and its members understand that investments in Special Education and classroom resources, research-based learning and inclusive classrooms are critical for every student to have the best education possible,” added van Campen.

Sylvia began her teaching career in 1995 after graduating from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Education. She was a Special Education Teacher at the Centre for Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and at Neurolink Educational Services before teaching in Kawartha Pine Ridge. Sylvia then became an occasional teacher with the Upper Canada District School Board where she has taught Kindergarten and grades 1-8.

Sylvia was elected treasurer of the ETFO Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local in 2001, vice president in 2007 and president in 2018. She has served as chief negotiator and grievance officer and as the ETFO representative on the Joint Health and Safety Committee at her school board.

At the provincial level, Sylvia has been a member of the Budget Committee, Provincial Task Force on Equity and Special Education Standing Committee and has served as a presenter for various workshops for occasional teachers.

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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Valerie Dugale: (416) 948-0195 (cell);
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