Francine LeBlanc-Lebel (AEFO), Candidate for CTF Vice‑President

ELECTION STATEMENT

I have been serving as Vice‑President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) for almost a year now.

I strongly believe that CTF is the unified voice for all teachers across the country. It plays a crucial role in defending publicly funded public education, supporting its members by addressing all education issues, and expressing our concerns at both the national and international levels. We must speak up as one to keep influencing and supporting the following issues:

  • equitable access to a publicly funded education system,
  • respect for workers,
  • child poverty,
  • our clients’ mental health.

Through clear and productive communication with our Member organizations, and the increasing offer of our various programs and services, I am convinced that CTF will remain our advocate, an effective and powerful voice.

I am ready to continue the work already begun to promote – and enhance the status of – our profession as CTF Vice-President.

My knowledge, my experience, and my professionalism make me an ideal candidate for the position of Vice-President.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

A teacher for more than 30 years, working in French-language schools in Northwestern Ontario, Francine describes herself as a proud Francophone. She takes any opportunity to demonstrate the love she has for her mother tongue and culture to students, school staff, and members of her community.

She began in politics on the local Executive Committee, taking on the roles of counsellor and vice-president. At the provincial level, she worked as a counsellor to the Executive Committee and was a Board member of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) for 16 years. She also served on the Board of Governors of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), of which she held presidency twice, first in 2011-12 and then in 2015-16.

Francine served on the CTF Board of Directors, attended many AGMs, and participated a few times in the Francophone Symposium, the CTF Women’s Symposium, and the Women’s Caucus.

A devoted and active rights advocate, supportive of a unified voice for Canadian teachers, Francine has the experience and knowledge needed to act as Vice‑President.