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Diane Dewing wins President’s Award

Sam Hammond and Diane Dewing

Congratulations to Diane Dewing on winning the President’s Award for outstanding service to ETFO members as OTF Representative, and indeed to all Ontario teachers this past year as OTF President. 

At the provincial level, Diane has served on 10 ETFO task forces, the Regulation 274 Workgroup as well as the Collective Bargaining, Hiring, and Budget committees. She has also served on the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Human Rights and Diversity Committee. Diane was first elected as ETFO’s representative at the Ontario Teachers’ Federation in 2015.

Best wishes to Diane for a long and happy retirement!

Here is a media release sent on Thursday:

Upper Canada teacher Diane Dewing receives prestigious ETFO President’s Award

For Immediate Release – August 15, 2019

Toronto, ON – Upper Canada teacher Diane Dewing received the prestigious annual President’s Award at the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s (ETFO) Annual Meeting last night.

In announcing the award, ETFO President Sam Hammond paid tribute to Diane’s long service to public education including as president of the Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local for 18 years and most recently as president of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF).

“Diane has used her skills and passion for teaching to reach beyond the classroom and affect positive change for thousands of students and educators,” said Hammond. “Generous with her time and expertise, Diane has also sat on the board of Community Living North Grenville, developing education policy on its behalf, as well as on the board of Lanark County Interval House.”

An occasional teacher with the Upper Canada District School Board, Diane was a member of the ETFO provincial Executive for 12 years, including as the Federation’s representative to the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) where she served as an Executive member for four years. This past July, Diane was recognized by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation with a Special Recognition Award.

“Diane has always found ways to provide support to our most marginalized students. In 2018, That is why she was awarded the Carol McGregor Disability Activist Award from the Canadian Labour Congress in 2018,” added Hammond.

ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at


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