Bethany MacLeod (PEITF), Candidate for CTF Vice‑President

ELECTION STATEMENT

In my role as President of the PEITF, I have had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for CTF for the past few years. During this time, I have stood in solidarity with my regional counterparts and witnessed the importance of providing unified support and dedication to rally behind our fellow teachers both nationally and internationally. This support is critical as we move collectively to improve working conditions for teachers and to advocate for public education to foster optimal learning conditions for all students.

CTF also plays a vital role in supporting the collective bargaining process. The accumulated educational research provided through CTF and our national counterparts from across the country has been invaluable throughout many of our respective organizations’ negotiations.

It is reassuring to know that CTF, representing 232,000 teachers, continues to fight to promote the teaching profession and to confront social injustice. Unified we can accomplish so much more.

Teachers are overwhelmed and disillusioned with the ever changing and seemingly insurmountable demands of our profession. Now, more than ever, teachers need the support of CTF to continue to pressure the Federal Government to provide equitable supports and services for pressing issues in society which impact teachers and education overall such as childhood poverty, aboriginal education, and respecting the collective bargaining process.

I believe the strength of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation lies in the collective voices of our Member organizations. I ask for your support in becoming CTF Vice‑President to represent these voices and to move this great organization forward. As once stated by Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Bethany MacLeod became the 43rd President of Prince Edward Island Teachers' Federation on July 1, 2015. At the national level, she is a Director for both CTF and CAPTO. For the previous 15 years, Bethany was a teacher at Montague Regional High School. She taught a variety of courses in career education, business, math and accounting. Bethany completed a Master's degree in Leadership and Learning and a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Prince Edward Island. Since 2006, Bethany has been involved in representing teachers at the school, local and provincial levels, first serving on the PEITF Executive in 2011 as Member-at-Large.

Bethany is married to Todd MacLeod, and together they have four children: Bryanne, Donovan, Dylan, and Chelsea. She is an active member of the community and she recently served as the Honorary Chair for the "Run for the Cure" and the Annual Pink Racquetball Tournament. In 2013, she received the CSLA Leader of Distinction Award as Chair of the National Student Conference. Bethany is a strong advocate for social justice, diversity, gender equality and human rights.

Teachers across Canada need a unified voice in support of our profession. Public education, now more than ever, must continue to be protected in order to provide an equitable education for all. We need to encourage Government to take responsibility for the delivery of public education and to make it a priority.