Ontario English Catholic Teachers

First Vice-President - Barb Dobrowolski


Barb Dobrowolski graduated from the University of Ottawa with degrees in biochemistry nutrition, English, and a Bachelor of Education.

She started her teaching career at Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School in Russell, where her hard-working colleagues inspired her to advocate for teachers.

Barb quickly became involved with OECTA, serving as Chair of the Communications committee in her first year during a work-to-rule. After three years of teaching, she became President of the Prescott-Russell Unit. She led the unit through some interesting times, including the Political Protest and the amalgamation of school boards under the Mike Harris government.

Her OECTA involvement continued in the newly formed Eastern Unit, where she served as Vice-President, President, and Teacher Welfare Officer.

Barb was first elected to Provincial Executive as Second Vice-President in 2015. She became First Vice-President in 2019. She is a proud feminist.

“We’re entering tumultuous times, but we have strong leadership and our membership’s full support,” says Barb. “Teaching is a consuming profession – people have different priorities, but when times are tough, everyone engages. We all need to work together to protect high quality, publicly funded, public delivered education.”

When she is not busy, Barb likes to spend time with her family and friends, hike, cook, take on home renovation projects, and travel.