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August 14-17, 2006
ANNUAL MEETING DELEGATES SET PRIORITIES FOR THE COMING YEAR

NNUAL MEETING DELEGATES SET PRIORITIES FOR THE COMING YEAR · To protect the collective bargaining rights of all members;
· To defend publicly-funded public education;
· To serve the needs of the membership;
· To provide for the professional development of members;
· To promote social justice in the areas of anti-poverty, non-violence, and equity;
· To support international assistance and co-operation;
· To promote the protection and care of the environment.

MINISTER OF EDUCATION ADDRESSES DELEGATES AND MEETS WITH LOCAL PRESIDENT

NNUAL MEETING DELEGATES SET PRIORITIES FOR THE COMING YEAR The Honourable Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Education, addressed the delegates of the meeting. With much enthusiasm, the Minister spoke of the commitment of her government and of the Premier for education in Ontario. She stated that the goal of the government is to "reach every student."

Recognizing the importance of teachers and of ETFO, she noted that we are now solving problems in a new way – “in partnership.”

OUTGOING LOCAL PRESIDENT NOW SITS AS INCOMING OTF PRESIDENT

NNUAL MEETING DELEGATES SET PRIORITIES FOR THE COMING YEAR Incoming Ontario Teachers' Federation President, Hilda Watkins, looks over the new ETFO publication, Teacher Working Conditions That Matter: Evidence for Change.

ETFO commissioned this report, written by Professor Ken Leithwood, OISE/UT, to enable ETFO to speak with authority about our bargaining goals. Teacher’s working conditions are student’s learning conditions – and they make a difference.

“Improving student learning is a responsibility shared by policy makers, administrators, teachers, parents, and students as well as by members of the wider community,” says Dr. Leithwood. “While each of these groups has important contributions to make, what teachers do mediates the effects of almost all such contributions. And what teachers do depends on their motivations, capacities, and the conditions under which they work.”

ETFO HONOURS RETIRED WINDSOR TEACHER, IAN NAISBITT

NNUAL MEETING DELEGATES SET PRIORITIES FOR THE COMING YEAR Ian Naisbitt is the recipient of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Humanitarian Award for a Non-Member. Nominated by the Greater Essex County Teacher Local Naisbitt was recognized for his work cleaning up the Little River and his leadership of a $3.5 million project examining air quality.





ETFO HONOURS WINDSOR PARENT AND ADVOCATE, KAYSANDRA CURTIS

NNUAL MEETING DELEGATES SET PRIORITIES FOR THE COMING YEAR Kaysandra Curtis of Windsor, Ontario, received the 2006 award for Women Working in Social Activism on behalf of Women and Children for her work promoting literacy.








GREATER ESSEX DELEGATION IN ACTION AT THE ETFO 2006 ANNUAL MEETING