Monica Rusnak has been re-elected Vice-President (Female) at Annual Meeting 2019. Monica joined the Provincial Executive in 2010 and was first elected as ETFO Vice-President in 2017. The following release has been sent to media:
Ontario North East teacher Monica Rusnak re-elected Vice-President of Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
For Immediate Release – August 14, 2019
TORONTO, ON – Ontario North East teacher Monica Rusnak was re-elected vice-president (female) of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) today at the Federation’s Annual Meeting in Toronto. She was first elected vice-president in 2017.
Addressing 800 Annual Meeting delegates, Rusnak said, “Public education and our profession are under attack by the Ford Conservative government with its massive cuts to education and interference in our collective bargaining process.”
“We will continue to engage ETFO’s 83,000 members, parents and community organizations to face down this government with strength and conviction. The value of public education and broader public services unites us in this push-back against regressive government measures,” added Rusnak.
Monica began her teaching career in 1988 with District School Board Ontario North East after graduating from University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Education. Her teaching career was spent at Golden Avenue Public School in South Porcupine where she taught in the primary, junior and intermediate divisions (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8).
From 2006-2017, Monica served her local as president, vice-president, chief negotiator, collective bargaining representative, Executive member, political action and status of women chairs. She was chair and member of ETFO’s Pension Committee and was a member of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Benefits Adjudication Committee before her work began on the provincial Executive.
Elected to the Federation’s provincial Executive in 2010, Monica is chair of ETFO’s Long-Term Disability Board, a vice-president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, an Ontario Teachers’ Federation governor and a trustee of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.
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 BuildingBetterSchools.ca.