Sam Hammond (ETFO), Candidate for CTF Vice‑President

ELECTION STATEMENT

Public services are under attack and austerity-minded, anti-union governments are initiating legislation which is detrimental to publicly-funded public education. While individual affiliates continue to undertake fights at the provincial and territorial levels, it is critical to have a strong unified force to raise similar issues nationally and internationally. CTF provides opportunities for us to learn from one another while at the same time defending our profession and publicly-funded public education.

I have served ETFO since 2003. First as a vice-president and then as president since 2009. I have had the privilege of serving on the CTF Board of Directors for the past eight years. I have actively participated in the evolution of CTF. Throughout my career as a teacher leader I have worked to bring as many voices to the table and build consensus through open discussion and dialogue. I will bring these skills to the role of CTF vice-president.

Member organizations understand the importance CTF plays in the daily working lives of their members and in their organizational capacity. It is a clear demonstration of the value of the collective. As a candidate for CTF vice-president I proudly stand with affiliates across the country in solidarity to the teachers of Canada.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

First elected to provincial Executive in August 2003, Sam served as vice-president from 2004-2007, and as first vice-president from 2007-2009. He was elected ETFO president in 2009.

Sam has 20 years of elementary teaching experience as a physical education and health specialist. As a teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, he taught all grade levels from Junior Kindergarten to grade eight.

From 1998-2004, Sam was the chief negotiator and grievance officer for the Hamilton-Wentworth Teacher Local, and held this key position during a difficult 17‑day strike/lockout in October 2000.

A sociology and history major, he holds a B.A. (Hon.) from McMaster University as well as a B.Ed. from Brock University.

Sam taught additional qualification courses in physical education and health, and risk management, at the Brock University Faculty of Education for eight years. He also taught English as a second language in the South Pacific Islands for a year while travelling through the South Central Pacific.

Sam is a social, political, and union activist. He has worked on municipal, provincial, and federal political campaigns. He has been an OFL Executive Board Member; CLC Canadian Council Member; OTF Executive Member and Governor; Chair, QECO Affiliates Committee; CLC Instructor; McMaster University Labour Studies Program Instructor and is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient.