Day 1 - Annual Meeting 2021 Gets Underwa...
ETFO’s Annual Meeting 2021 got underway today, August 17, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this annual meeting is being held virtually. More than 650 delegates are in attendance and will set the policies and directions for ETFO for the coming year and elect its provincial Executive for 2021-2023.
At 9:30 a.m. ETFO Staff James Taylor welcomed delegates and introduced the Parliamentarian Team: Doris Duni, Yolanda B’Dacy, Wulf Heidecker and Lanny Fleming. Ms. Duni called Annual Meeting 2021 to order and opened the meeting with the following items:
Returning Officer Susan Ritchie will oversee the nomination and election process during Annual Meeting 2021. After nominations closed, candidates were able to address delegates through video messages. These are the nominated candidates for the provincial Executive for 2021-2023.
Elementary Teachers of Toronto Local (acclaimed)
|David Mastin||Durham Teacher Local (acclaimed)|
|Shirley Bell||Kawartha Pine Ridge Teacher Local|
|Robert Millard||Elementary Teachers of Toronto|
|Craig Smith||Thames Valley Teacher Local|
|Monica Rusnak||Ontario North East Teacher Local (acclaimed)|
|Nathan Core||Waterloo Region Occasional Teacher Local|
|Amy Chevis||Simcoe County Occational Teacher Local|
|Andrew Chittka||Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local|
|Kimberley Douglas||Keewatin Patricia Teacher Local|
|Cory Judson||Grand Erie Teacher Local|
|Carolyn Proulx-Wootton||Grand Erie Teacher Local|
|Mario Spagnuolo||Greater Essex Teacher Local Greater Essex Teacher Local
|Julie Stanley||Bluewater Teacher Local Bluewater Teacher Local|
|Jenn Wallage||Waterloo Region DECE Local Waterloo Region DECE Local|
|Yvette Blackburn||Elementary Teachers of Toronto|
|Mary Fowler||Durham Teacher Local|
|Sylvia van Campen||Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local|
|Gundi Barbour||Upper Grand Teacher Local|
|Gail Bannister-Clarke||Peel Teacher Local|
|Juan-Yahya Gairey||Peel Teacher Local|
|Julius||Elementary Teachers of Toronto|
|Shideh Houshmandi||Hamilton-Wentworth Teacher Local|
Karen Brown was acclaimed as president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario at today’s Annual Meeting. Brown has served as ETFO’s first vice-president since 2015 and was first elected to the provincial Executive in 2009. Brown is the first Black president to be elected to a provincial teacher affiliate union in Ontario and the first known Black president to be elected to a provincial teacher affiliate union in Canada.
“To effectively confront the Ford government’s agenda and defeat them in the next election, we must strategically build community power that puts people first, not corporations. We must partner with parent groups, communities, and our labour and education partners from the childcare sector to post-secondary. Working together, we will effect the necessary changes to create a public education system rooted in equity and social justice so every student and ETFO member can thrive.”
Read the press release here.
ETFO recognizes the extraordinary contributions of individuals to social justice and education in a number of areas. Each year awards are granted to selected ETFO members and non-members. This year’s award winners are listed here. Click the winner’s name to read the press release about their work.
The following resolutions were discussed today:
New Business Motions: NBM 1, NBM 2, NBM 3, NBM 4, NBM 5, NBM 6, NBM 7, NBM 8A, NBM 8B
The following resolutions were adopted today: NBM 1, NBM 3, NBM 4