Greater Essex Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

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Awards Committee
The members of this committee encourage and promote members of the Local to be considered for local/provincial and other awards. It selects up to eight scholarship recipients in any one school year for the Greater Essex County Elementary Teachers Local Scholarship Fund.
Budget Committee
This committee consists of the Treasurer, 1st Vice President and three other members who are responsible for estimating expenses and drafting a proposed budget to present to the membership for approval. Budget requests from committees must be received prior to September 15th.
Charity and Donations Committee
This committee consists of the Treasurer, a Vice President and a minimum of three other members.  The committee is responsible for presenting terms of reference with regards to charitable donations including Children's Programs and for receiving all requests for donations.
Collective Bargaining Committee
The Collective Bargaining Committee negotiates and maintains the Collective Agreement with the Board. With the assistance of the Chief Negotiator, the Collective Bargaining Committee will provide updates to the membership at the Stewards', General and Annual Meetings; develop and analyze the all member survey; establish the clauses in the Preliminary Submission; and negotiate the Collective Agreement with the Board.
Early Years Committee
This committee consists of a minimum of four members who are responsible for identifying ways of supporting Early Years teachers and programs.  The committee also promotes and responds to Early Years issues by building connections, if needed, with different organizations.
Elections Committee
This committee conducts all administrative duties associated with elections at the annual meeting. These duties include providing, confirming and accepting nomination forms as well as preparing all ballots necessary for the election.
FSL Committee
The FSL (French as a Second Language) Committee consists of a minimum of four members.  The committee identifies ways of supporting FSL/ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers and programs.  The committee also promotes and responds to FSL issues and promotes teaching FSL as a career.
Goodwill Committee
The Goodwill Committee acts as an ambassador of support during times of life changing events in the lives of ETFO members.
Health Safety Committee
The two members of this committee have a seat on the GECDSB Educational Joint Health & Safety Committee, which is a legislated committee under the Occupational Health Safety Act (OHSA) in the province of Ontario. This Act guarantees the rights of workers and details the duties and responsibilities of employers. These committee members assist other ETFO members with such issues as WHMIS, designated substances, biological hazards, chemical hazards, indoor air quality, ergonomics and workplace violence.
Human Rights Committee
  1. Anti-Racist Education
    This four member committee provides members with information, materials resources and training to educate members about racism.
  2. Gender Issues
    This four member committee provides members with information, materials resources and training to educate members about gender issues.
  3. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Issues
    This four member committee provides members with information, materials resources and training to educate members about LGBT issues.
New Members Committee
The New Members Committee is designed to liaise with first to fifth year teachers, dealing with issues and concerns that they may have, as well as providing opportunities for social/professional networking.
Political Action / Public Education Committee
This committee maintains political ties with a number of community organizations, educational affiliates, and committees. This committee informs members of political matters by organizing appropriate events and maintaining a member media release site. This committee assists in the election of individuals who are informed and concerned about education in Ontario. This committee encourages teachers in schools to involve themselves in community affairs and political issues.
Professional Development Committee
This four member committee is responsible for bringing to the attention of members information on professional development opportunities and encouraging their participation. As well, this committee often plans and organizes professional development events.
Professional Development Fund Committee
This four member committee administers The Teachers Professional Development Fund as outlined in the collective agreement.
Public Relations Committee
This committee strives to seek opportunities to and participate in events which bring the positive actions of our membership to the attention of the broader educational community.
Recreation and Leisure Committee
This committee plans, promotes, and sponsors leisure and recreational activities designed to help enhance the health and wellness of Local members.
Social Committee
This committee is very active in organizing all dinners and social functions held by the Local.
Special Education Committee
The Special Education Committee consists of a minimum of four members. The committee advises the executive on special education issues. It provides advice on the promotion of special education and on the content, delivery, and design of special education programs. The committee also reviews policy, procedures, and legislation related to special education and makes recommendations to the executive.
Teacher Education Liaison Committee
This committee is active in maintaining a strong working relationship with the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor. It provides teacher candidate workshops and provides information to associate teachers.