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@ETFO/FEEO Vol. 6 No. 22
JUNE 13, 2012
Teachers Change Lives - Tell us your story on Facebook  

ETFO's Teachers Change Lives campaign was launched on June 4th, 2012 and can be seen on television stations across Ontario, in community papers, and on our YouTube channel

The three spots, "The List," "One Day," and "Life's Work" send a powerful message about the role teachers play in positively influencing the lives of students. The campaign, featuring ETFO members, will reach every Ontario community, and our best estimate is that the TV ads will be seen 30 million times.

Video: The List Video: One Day Video: Life's Work

How can you get involved?
Tell us your stories. "Like" our group on Facebook and share it with your friends. Your stories of great teachers or teaching moments and how they have affected you could be featured in our next print ad.

Over 100 ETFO members auditioned - read the thank you note Facebook Comments:

"Love the new ads!!!!!

"This ad instantly made me wish to be a teacher! Super positive. Love it!

"This makes a teacher's day. Great feeling."

"Just brought tears to my eyes... If ever a profession needed more pats on the back it's our teachers...Way to go!!!"

"Wow, I have goosebumps..."

"Well done! We need this..."
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In This Issue
Teachers Change Lives
Respect Teachers, Respect Collective Bargaining
Pride 2012
National Aboriginal Day
For Your Information...
Upcoming Events

ETFO Credit Courses
ETFO-AQ/PQP registration
Quick Links

CUSO Placements (5) 

Reminder: Respect Teachers, Respect Collective Bargaining Postcards

In @ETFO/FEEO Volume 6 Number 19 the Respect Teachers, Respect Collective Bargaining Campaign was featured. Last month, postcards were mailed to all ETFO stewards, and to the homes of OT, ESP/PSP, and DECE members. You are encouraged to use the postcards to send a message to the Premier, the Minister of Education, and your local MPP about the impact of the government PDT parameters. Thousands of your fellow members have done so already. Please join them and ensure your voice is heard.

MPP Postcards
Pride 2012 - Support LGBT Members


President Hammond at Pride 2011
Left - President Hammond at Pride 2011

It's the season for Pride events across Ontario. What better way to show support for ETFO's LGBT members and students than to participate in pride parades, events and picnics. It takes all teachers and educators- both straight and gay - to prevent and stop homophobia and transphobia in the school community and the power of straight allies in accomplishing this task can't be over-estimated.


Provincial office will host a pride booth at Toronto's Pride Week on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1. Whether you're LGBT or straight, ETFO invites all members to volunteer for the ETFO booth and participate in Saturday's Dyke March (women only) and/or in Sunday's Pride Parade. Contact Adam Peer at or Susy Costa at by June 18. 


ETFO is again a sponsor of the AIDS Candlelight Vigil on Thursday June 21 at 9:00 pm at the AIDs memorial in Cawthra Park, Toronto.


Pride events are happening in 21 communities across Ontario offering many meaningful and fun opportunities for members and locals to get involved. Visit the ETFO website to download a full listing. 
National Aboriginal Day - June 21, 2012

ETFO is a long-time ally of First Nation communities: supporting the Lieutenant Governor's Summer Literacy Camps in remote and Northern Communities; sponsoring the Right to Play Leadership Program for First Nations across Ontario; as well as our overall commitment to advocacy, leadership development, and educational resources.


National Aboriginal Day is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Aboriginal peoples in fields as varied as agriculture, the environment and the arts, and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society. For more information and resource links, visit the ETFO website.


For Your Information
  • Summer Academy 2012 registration is now open. This year's program includes 45 practical courses being delivered across the province. The registration fee of $55 (for most courses) includes three days of professional learning, related handouts, and lunch. Register soon - courses are filling fast!

  • The Edvantage Summer Electronic Newsletter highlights some great partner offers for the summer season.  Deals are available from Great Wolf Lodge, Cirque du Soleil, Marineland, Via Rail, and many other partners.

  • CUSO International is recruiting qualified and experienced elementary teachers for 12 or 24 month placements starting in September 2012 and January 2013 in countries such as Ethiopia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Tanzania. For more information, please visit the ETFO website.

  • The 10th anniversary of World Day Against Child Labour took place on June 12. The purpose of the day is to highlight the plight of working children and to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour. Educational and interactive campaign materials for teachers are available on the Education International website.    
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