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Campbell re-elected as First Vice-President

Karen Campbell
Karen Campbell from the Elementary Teachers of Toronto Local has been re-elected as ETFO’s First Vice-President. Campbell was first elected to this position in 2017. She joined the Provincial Executive in 2009 and served as Vice-President from 2015-2017.

The following release was sent to media this afternoon:

Toronto teacher Karen Campbell re-elected First Vice-President of Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

For Immediate Release – August 14, 2019

TORONTO, ON – Toronto teacher Karen Campbell was re-elected first vice-president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today at the Federation’s Annual Meeting in Toronto. Campbell has served as ETFO first vice-president since 2017.

Speaking to over 800 members, Campbell said, “Given the false narratives of the Ford Conservative government, the time is now to reclaim the public education system we all treasure and protect the integrity of the teaching profession against misguided ideas like the proposed ‘Parents Bill of Rights.”

“We saw the power of mobilizing members and the public exhibited at the April 6 Rally for Education at Queen’s Park. ETFO will continue to help build resistance to the Ford government’s massive cuts to public education, class size increases and the privatization of public services.”

“ETFO members will continue to stand together for fair hiring practices, reasonable compensation, smaller class sizes and sufficient supports for students with special needs,” added Campbell.

Karen began her teaching career with the Toronto District School Board in 1993. She is also a registered early childhood educator (RECE) and has extensive experience in the early years. In addition to serving as vice-president of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto from 2003 to 2012, she served as chief negotiator, grievance officer, benefits coordinator and strike team coordinator.

At the provincial level, Karen has served on the ETFO Executive since 2009. She has chaired and served on several Federation standing committees and task forces. Karen is a governor of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). She is also a member of the Canadian Labour Congress Women’s Advisory Committee.

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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