We thank former VP Barb Haynes for her service and wish her all the best. As a result of her departure, internal executive elections were held on July 1st with the following results:

Dave Mastin-President, Mary Fowler-1st VP, Pamela Downward-2nd VP, Aaron Igel-Health and Safety, Angie Inglis-Treasurer, Janet Knechtel-Secretary, Andres Musta-Political Action, Steve Dell-Member at Large, Dave Ball-Member at Large, with a 10th Member at Large to be elected in September.


Durham ETFO has endorsed the LEAP Manifesto, a non-partisan path toward a sustainable future built around a service economy, respect for everyone, and caring for our planet. Other signatories include CUPE, CUPW, Toronto Labour Council, and The Council of Canadians. We encourage all members to sign on as well.



Thanks to all who participated in the Women’s March on January 21! Pictured below: activists from the Ontario Federation of Labour (including our 2nd VP Mary Fowler) who made the trip to Washington. To maintain the momentum for change, we invite all members to get involved with our many ETFO Local Committees, ETFO Provincial Committees, The Women’s Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre of DurhamDurham PFLAGWe Are Oshawa & other community groups. Volunteering builds community, makes a real difference in people’s lives, and feels good. We recommend it.







Thank you to all members who complete our survey regarding workplace violence before the holidays! As we all know, violence in schools and in classrooms is a great concern to many teachers. We sincerely appreciate the input from those members working on the front lines! Survey results and more information will be coming soon.

Upcoming Events :

Unless otherwise listed, all meetings take place at our Local office, 603 Palace St., Whitby

July 15-16: Mississaugas of Scugog Pow Wow. Many more events on the trail! Solidarity!

August 12: PFLAG baseball tournament. $25 each and 10 people per team. Contact sports(at)pflagdurhamregion.com for more details.

August 14-17: ETFO Provincial Annual Meeting in Toronto. Observers welcome.

September 4: Labour Day celebration at Memorial Park, Oshawa.

September 12: Status of Women & Equity meeting.

September 15: Take Back The Night

Please see the Event Calendar for more.

As a result of a grievance settlement with the DDSB, there is now a second PD Fund to which members can apply. This fund is open to all members every year until its depletion! Application form found here.

In other news: Anyone thinking of taking a gratuity payment should use this calculator to see if it is worth your while. In most cases, it is not. Please contact your released exec for more details.

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