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Annual Meeting 2008: ETFO Aims to Close the Gap

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Dr. Augustine, Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner, outlined to delegates some of the challenges facing foreign-trained professionals in Canada who are unable to find work in their field. The Fairness Commission works with regulatory bodies to ensure that the credentials of internationally trained professionals are evaluated fairly and transparently.

“We all have to recognize our responsibility to build the kind of Canada that we want,” Dr. Augustine told delegates. A former teacher and elementary school principal, Dr. Augustine was an MP for 12 years, and served as the minister of state for multiculturalism and women’s issues from 2002 to 2004.

Community Activists Honoured

Heather Menezes received the  Humanitarian Award for an ETFO Member. Menezes, a Toronto teacher, founded Horizions Children’s Centre to help orphans and street children in Sandema, Builsa District, Ghana.
More information about the centre is available at horizonscentre.org.

Carrie sinkowski was recognized for her community work in sexual violence prevention, anti-poverty activism, and community development. She is a member of RISE (Rural Initiative for Social Equity), and a founder of BUMP (Busting Up Myths about Poverty) and Spotlight on Poverty. Sinkowski received the award for  Women Working in Social Activism.

The Hamilton-Wentworth Council of Home and School Associations created Walk-In Closets to provide clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and food for students and families in need. They have raised funds to help high school students living on their own, and have also set up a Graduation Walk-In Closet to provide students with formal wear and accessories. Representing the council, Sandra Binns accepted ETFO’s award that recognizes  InnovativeProjects on Behalf of Children Living in Poverty.

Fred and Bonnie Cappucino received ETFO’s  Humanitarian Award for a non-ETFO Member. The Cappucinos helped found Child Haven International, which works in four countries to assist children and women who are in need of food, education, health care, shelter, clothing, and emotional and moral support. In addition to raising their own two children, they adopted and raised 19 children. Information about their work is available at childhaven.ca.

Celebrating Contributors to ETFO 

Judy Perkes, first vice-president of the Waterloo Teacher Local, received the  2008 President’sAward. She “gets the job done,” said President David Clegg in presenting her with the award. Since 1999 Perkes has served on the Waterloo ETFO Local executive in a number of capacities; she has been first vice-president for five years. She chairs multiple local committees, is a member of the local collective bargaining committee, and has been a location manager for the ETFO Summer Academy. She chairs the teacher education liaison committee for the new faculty of education at Wilfrid Laurier University. In that position, she showed “such skill, tact and dexterity she won the accolades of OTF for her work in [a] difficult situation,” said Clegg. Perkes began teaching in 1980 and spent most of her years as a French immersion teacher.

OTF fellows:

ETFO first Vice-president sam Hammond and retired ETFO staff member  Jan Moxey were named Fellows of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation for 2008.

Other award winners:

Anti-Bias Curriculum Development Award: David stocker, Elementary Teachers

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