“Our role must be to protect fundamental bargaining and labour rights, oppose privatization and commercialism and defend our profession and publicly-funded public education,” said Sam Hammond

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) President Sam Hammond was elected today to the position of President-Designate of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF).

While continuing his role as ETFO President, Hammond will serve on the CTF’s Executive Committee in the coming year before assuming the role of CTF President in August of 2021. At its annual meeting held virtually this week, the CTF is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It represents 300,000 educators and member organizations across the country including ETFO.

Sam has continued to be an outstanding advocate for teachers across this country, having served on the CTF Board of Directors since 2009.

“The CTF has made a real difference on key issues related to mental health, violence in our schools and standardized testing,” said Hammond. “It must continue to be a unifying national voice of solidarity and the go-to organization for policy and decision makers on all matters related to publicly funded public education.”

Sam was first elected president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario in 2009. He serves on the Canadian Labour Congress Canadian Council; Labour College of Canada Board; Ontario Teachers’ Federation Executive and Board of Governors; and the Centre for Labour Management Relations Advisory Committee, Ryerson University. He also served on the Ontario Federation of Labour’s Executive Board.

ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at BuildingBetterSchools.ca.