Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Past General Secretary - Marshall Jarvis


Marshall Jarvis served as OECTA’s General Secretary from 2009 to 2019.

Jarvis brings local, provincial, and national experience to his role. His face and name became familiar to many Ontarians during his term as OECTA president from 1997 to 1999. Just weeks into that term, the Harris government introduced the Education Quality Improvement Act (Bill 160), that cut almost $2 billion from Ontario’s education budget and triggered an unprecedented province-wide conflict.

As OECTA president, Jarvis served on the executive of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), on the National Executive of the Canadian Labour Congress, and on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Catholic Education.

A former high school math and science teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in York region, Jarvis served in various capacities on the Executive and on the Board of Governors of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) between 1993 and 2005. He was a member of the OTF Pension Committee as well as the Pension Negotiations Committee that negotiated with the government on recent changes to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

Jarvis began his career in OECTA politics as Third Vice-President of the York Unit in 1983. He was Unit President from 1986-1990, in which capacity he served on OECTA’s Council of Presidents. He was a member of the York Unit executive from 1983-1995 and again from 1999-2005. He served on OECTA’s Provincial Executive from 1992 until 2002.

He first joined the OECTA staff as an Executive Assistant in the Contract Service department in 2005, and also served as an Executive Assistant in OECTA’s Counselling and Member Services department. He served as General Secretary from February 2009 until June 2019.

He is a Fellow of the Ontario Teachers' Federation and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and of OECTA’s Marion Tyrrell Award of Merit.