Local: Committees

GEETF Committees

GEETF always encourages our members to join and support our Local’s committees. If any of the committees’ activities or initiatives below interest you, please contact the GEETF office. We will gladly invite you to an upcoming committee meeting. Here you can have input on your Local’s events, participate in discussions and assist in the organization of upcoming events. 

      Ad Hoc Committees


The Ad Hoc FSL Committee's goal is to create networking opportunities for FSL teachers, develop a method for teachers to share resources, and to provide social activities during which FSL teachers may network and speak in French with one another.  


The Ad Hoc Social Committee's goal is to create and plan opportunities for members to meet one another and attend social events.  An example of a social event that the Social Committee planned was a Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey game in Hamilton.

Special Education 

The Ad Hoc Special Education Committee's goal is to provide advocacy for the unique needs of special education teachers, and provide opportunities for professional development, networking, sharing and professional growth. 

     Standing Committees 


The Arts Committee is a new standing committee of our local.  Together we plan multiple arts activities for our membership throughout the school year.  These activities include:  sharing nights, ukulele playing group, a trip to Mirvish theatre show and learn how to play ukulele workshops.  This year the committee is planning visual arts learning, a drama workshop as well as a GEETF Choir. 

What we do:  The First Five Years Committee’s goal is to provide and investigate opportunities for networking, professional development, sharing and professional growth for teachers in the first five years. The committee also endeavours to foster an awareness of opportunities with our Local and ETFO.

Indigenous Partnership

The goal of the Indigenous Partnership Committee is to offer opportunities for GEETF members to learn about Indigenous perspectives, histories and cultures. In addition to, promote professional and personal growth in understanding of Indigenous perspectives and Indigenous education, and to support the development of confidence in teaching about Indigenous perspectives.

Political Action ~ Public Relations

What we do:  The Political Action ~ Public Relations Committee engages members in items, issues and actions related to political activity and public relations. The committee also makes members aware of social justice issues in order to foster a broad-based response at the local and provincial levels.

A few examples of events that the Political Action ~ Public Relations Committee plans, promotes and/or supports:  Labour Day Parade, Membership at the Brantford & District Labour Council, Annual GEDSB Trustee Dinner, election awareness campaigns, design/distribution of GEETF promotional items, and Education Week events.

Professional Development

What we do:  The Professional Development Committee is committed to investigating the PD needs of GEETF members and plan appropriate programs. The committee also explores opportunities for joint Professional Development/Learning Ventures with the Grand Erie District School Board.

A few examples of workshops/events that the PD Committee have facilitated are:  Crayola workshops, Music and Art workshops, Resume Writing and Interview Skills workshops, various ETFO funded workshops that include release time for our members to attend.

Social Justice

What we do:  The Social Justice Committee works to inform and educate members of the GEETF about issues related to social justice and to address equity issues. The committee also works in conjunction with other community groups to promote the cause of social justice and equity.

A few examples of events that the Social Justice Committee plans, promotes and/or supports are:  Social Justice Book Club, Earth Day Funding Initiative, Boys’ Conference, Brantford Pride, Harvest Noon and Labour Cares

Status of Women

What we do:  The Status of Women Committee is an integral part of GEETF’s commitment to social justice and equity. We act locally, to promote healthy equal relationships, the betterment of women and/or to address gender issues. Our Committee helps girls: build resiliency skills, develop positive self-concept, understand healthy relationships, build self-confidence, or learn a new life skill.

Some of the events that the Status of Women Committee plans, promotes and/or supports are:  Talent Night, Women’s Wellness Weekends, Grade Eight Girls’ Trip, Boys’ Conference, Brantford Basketeer Program, Pregnancy and Parental Leave Workshop, Woman targeted workshops, International Women’s Day Events, support for extra-curricular activities for girls and Donations to agencies within our community supporting women in need/crisis





Carolyn Proulx-Wootton

Indigenous Partnership

Sabrina Sawyer

First Five Years

Jacquie McEwen/Larissa Schmitz

Awards & Recognition/Banquet

Jeannette Dodds

Collective Bargaining Committee

Nancy D'Aurora

Health & Safety

Jennifer Orr

Political Action/Public Relations

Cory Judson

Professional Development

Kendra Kovach

Social Justice

Anh Hoang

Status of Women

Ellen Banbury/Kataisha McQueen 

Union Steward Liaison

Shawn Martin

Members of the Collective Bargaining Committee:

Lori Burroughs Miller, Michaela Kargus, Kendra Kovach, Jennifer Orr, Carolyhn Proulx-Wootton, and Teresa Rothwell.


Ad Hoc FSL

Connie Hill 

Ad Hoc On-Site Childcare

Michaela Kargus 

Ad Hoc Social 

Lori Burroughs Miller 
Ad Hoc Special Education


Jennifer McColl