Two ETFO members were honored by the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) at its Annual General Meeting on July 13, 2017 in Ottawa.
Debbie White from the Peel Elementary Teachers' Local was awarded the 2017 CTF Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award. Throughout her career, White worked as an educator in elementary schools and as an advocate for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education, giving voice to resolutions, recommendations and serving on a multitude of committees for ETFO, CTF, and the Peel Elementary Teachers’ Local. She has also been part of teams that have developed and facilitated workshops, organized student focus groups, and put forth school initiatives such as Shannen’s Dream. For more information, please see the full profile of Debbie White on the CTF website.
ETFO's First Vice-President, Susan Swackhammer, has received a CTF Special Recognition Award. Swackhammer has long been an intrepid women’s rights advocate and champion. In 1988 she led the first occasional teachers’ strike in Canada while serving as president of the Brant Teacher Local. She played an instrumental role in the formation of ETFO and its governance structures, and represented the Federation at Queen’s Park, CTF, the Board of Governors of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and Education International, among others. For more information, please see the full profile of Susan Swackhammer on the CTF website.