James Dinn, Vice-President (Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association):
James is 57 years old and is a born and bred resident of St. John’s. He finished his second term as president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association in July 2017. His involvement with his provincial Association is extensive. He has served as a member of the provincial executive for over 10 years, four of those years as vice-president.
He and his wife, Michelle, are parents of three adult children, one of whom has chosen a teaching career with the provincial francophone board. Michelle is a retired teacher. James taught 32 years before taking leave in 2013 to assume his responsibilities as NLTA President. He has taught in both small rural and large urban schools, and since becoming president he has made it his responsibility to visit schools throughout the province - no small undertaking for a province with the geographical challenges of Newfoundland and Labrador. However, James believes, if a person expects to represent teachers, then it is important to meet them where they practice their profession.
James maintains a strong commitment to social justice and believes the true measure of a society is best determined by its treatment of its most vulnerable citizens. He is a longtime supporter (over 25 years) of several international social justice organizations and serves on the boards of directors of local not-for-profit organizations involved with the relief of homelessness and poverty.
Sam Hammond, Vice-President (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario):
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.
Clint Johnston, Vice-President (British Columbia Teachers’ Federation):
Clint Johnston is currently the second vice-president of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and will serve another term as such next year. He was previously a Member-at-Large on the BCTF Executive. Clint held various local union positions before election to the BCTF Executive, culminating in three years as local president. As a result, he has experience advocating and bargaining both locally and provincially on a broad scope of union issues. Highlights of Clint’s work for the BCTF are: meeting in Bolivia with the NGO partnered with the OSSTF and BCTF to deliver Professional Development to Bolivian teachers, representing BCTF at the Ministry table discussing Coding Curriculum implementation, leading as spokesperson at the LOU 12-Secondary Preparation time table, and most recently as part of the team negotiating with provincial employer representatives for the implementation of the language reinstated by the BCTF victory at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Last year Clint was part of the BCTF delegation to the CTF AGM. After the motion to effect immediate BCTF membership in the CTF, he was a voting delegate. Clint lives in Chilliwack, BC. He and his wife Holly have five children who are currently in the public education system in BC.
Francine LeBlanc-Lebel, Vice-President (Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco‑ontariens):
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.
Bethany MacLeod, Vice-President (Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation):
Bethany MacLeod, the 43rd President of Prince Edward Island Teachers' Federation, is also a director of Conference of Atlantic Provinces Teachers Organizations (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. An active member of the community, Bethany recently served as the honorary chair for the "Run for the Cure" and the Annual Pink Racquetball Tournament. In 2013, she received the Canadian Student Leadership Association (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.