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Karen Littlewood - President (Chief Executive Officer)


Karen Littlewood 
Karen Littlewood
President (Chief Executive Officer)

Karen Littlewood is a special education teacher from Barrie and is the president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO).

Karen was born in Barrie and received her Bachelor of Science in Languages at Laurentian University, and completed her Bachelor of Education with Nipissing University. She started her career as an elementary teacher in York Region before moving back to Simcoe County in 2000. In 2007, Karen became a secondary teacher for the Simcoe County District School Board, where she taught Life Skills and Special Education.

Karen became the president of both the District and the Teacher Bargaining Unit for District 17, Simcoe, and held a number of other roles both locally and provincially, including Vice Chair of Provincial Council, and Chair of the Communications and Political Action Committee. In addition, Karen was a member of the Barrie and District Labour Council. Karen was elected to the Provincial Executive as an Executive Officer in 2017, and then as vice-president in 2019.

Karen is an advocate of clear and open communications within OSSTF/FEESO, as well as with the public when it comes to education issues. She is committed to working with the Provincial Executive to enact the Action Plan to Support Equity and Anti-Oppression as well as addressing systemic barriers within the Federation. She is a strong promoter of equity issues within OSSTF/FEESO and beyond, and believes in the importance of building coalitions to affect positive change at all levels of education and in the labour movement.

As only the eleventh female president of OSSTF/FEESO in its history, Karen recognizes the important role she is taking on and seeks to be a strong role model for women and for others in the organization who do not see themselves reflected in our leadership.

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