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Annual Dinner

Photos from Annual Dinner

Here is a selection of photos from the Annual Dinner and the award presentation. All photos by Kathryn Gaitens.

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 […]

Award for Outstanding Service as an ETFO Staff Member: Susan Thede

Susan Thede joined the staff of the Federation of Women Teachers’ Associations of Ontario (FWTAO) in 1991. Prior to this Susan was a local president and chief negotiator in Dryden.  Susan was hired by FWTAO to advise and provide leadership training to women in positions of added responsibility in schools across the province. Susan’s skills […]

Award for Outstanding Service as an ETFO Staff Member: Lorraine Stewart

Lorraine began her teaching career in East York. She was elected local president and then chief negotiator for the Metro Toronto locals before being hired by FWTAO to work in collective bargaining. Those early Federation years were exciting times organizing strikes and rallies before the arrival of cell phones and fax machines. Lorraine’s biggest project […]

Honorary Life Member Award Winner: Susan Swackhammer

Media Release Susan began her career as a primary teacher in the Brant County Board of Education.  She resigned after six years to begin her family. Of course, for many reasons, not the least of which was another income, after taking a 15 year leave to raise her children she returned to occasional teaching because […]

Honorary Life Member Award Winner: Ken Collins

Media Release Ken’s contributions to ETFO and greater teacher advocacy has spanned the better part of three decades. As an ETFO teacher, local union leader and provincial union leader, Ken’s efforts to assist teachers, schools and their communities to thrive has been a constant.  He has made a real difference with his actions. Most recently, […]

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