TORONTO, ON – Mar 12 2017 — Delegates of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) are gathered at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel for their annual meeting. Today’s agenda included the election of new leaders to represent the 60,000-member educational union.
Those elected were Harvey Bischof, President; Cindy Dubué, Vice President; Rob Gascho, Vice President; Earl Burt, Treasurer; Paul Caccamo, Executive Officer; Martha Hradowy, Executive Officer; Karen Littlewood, Executive Officer; Michelle Teixeira, OTF Table Officer; and five OTF Governors: Kim Appel, Stephen Helleiner, Malini Leahy, Kelly McCarthy, and Parker Robinson.
Harvey Bischof, a teacher from District 13, Durham, was elected as provincial President for the next term. He was first elected to the Provincial Executive as Executive Officer in 2007 and as Vice President in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Locally, he has served as the District and TBU President in District 13.
Cindy Dubué, an Educational Assistant from Ottawa-Carleton, was elected to a third term as Vice President. She was first elected to the Provincial Executive as Executive Officer in 2011 and as Vice President in 2013. Dubué has previously held many roles in the Federation including President of District 25, Ottawa-Carleton and Chair of Provincial Council.
Rob Gascho, a teacher from District 24, Waterloo, has been elected as Vice President for the next term. Gascho was first elected to Provincial Executive as Executive Officer in 2013. He previously served as the President of District 24, Waterloo, and its Teacher and Occasional Teacher Bargaining Units.
Earl Burt, served full time on the Toronto Teacher Bargaining Unit Executive, the last four years as Vice President, from 2000 to 2009. He was elected in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 to the Provincial Executive as Treasurer. As a result of this year’s election, he will serve another term as Treasurer.
Paul Caccamo, a teacher from District 6A, Thunder Bay, has been elected as an Executive Officer. He most recently served as OTF Governor, and locally as District and TBU President in District 6A. He has also been a member of many provincial work groups and committees.
Martha Hradowy, a former educational assistant and a developmental service worker from District 9, Greater Essex, has been elected as an Executive Officer. Hradowy served as President of the Educational Support Staff Bargaining Unit in District 9, and has served provincially as chair of the Finance Committee.
Karen Littlewood, a teacher from District 17, Simcoe, has been elected as an Executive Officer. Littlewood served as TBU and District President in District 17, and has served provincially as Chair of the Communications and Political Action Committee and Vice-Chair of Provincial Council.
Kim Appel of District 25, Ottawa-Carleton has been elected as an OTF Governor. Appel serves as Membership Services Officer in District 25 and sits on the provincial Benevolent Council.
Stephen Helleiner of District 14, Kawartha Pine Ridge has been elected as an OTF Governor. Helleiner serves as third Vice President at District 14 and sits on the provincial Faculty of Education Work Group.
Malini Leahy of District 2, Algoma has been elected as an OTF Governor. Leahy serves as TBU President in District 2.
Kelly McCarthy of District 20, Halton has been elected as an OTF Governor. McCarthy is both District and TBU Treasurer in District 20, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Provincial Finance Committee.
Parker Robinson of District 4, Near North has been elected as an OTF Governor. Robinson has served as TBU Vice President and District Vice President in District 4, and as a member of Judicial Council and the Faculty of Education Workgroup.
Michelle Teixeira of District 12, Toronto has been elected as an OTF Table Officer. Teixeira serves as Executive Officer of District 12 STBU and sat on the provincial Status of Women Committee.
These elected members will commence their duties for the next term on July 1, 2017.
OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.