President - Liz Stuart
Liz Stuart brings a breadth of teacher activism and experience to all that she does, including the position of OECTA President, which she has held since July 1, 2017. First elected to the Provincial Executive in July 2014, Liz served as OECTA’s second vice-president from 2014-2015, and as first vice-president from 2015-2017. She was recently re-elected president for her second two-year term beginning July 1, 2019.
An elementary teacher hailing from the York unit, Liz has more than 20 years of elementary teaching experience with the York Catholic District School Board and has taught all grade levels from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight. From 2002-2009, Liz was the grievance officer for the York OECTA Unit. Next, she served as local President of the York OECTA Unit from 2009-2014, while also acting as Chief Negotiator for local contract negotiations. Liz has subsequently been a member of OECTA’s provincial bargaining team since 2014.
Known for her leadership skills as an experienced negotiator and political activist, and for keeping the membership at the heart of all she does, Liz has been particularly involved in a number of issues that disproportionately affect women, including precarious work, pay equity, child care, and gender-based violence. It is through Liz’s deeply held values of social justice, equity and inclusion that OECTA has pursued a series of diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the recent instalment of OECTA’s Diversity Advisory Board. She was also the impetus behind OECTA’s inaugural women’s leadership conference, Fempower.
In addition to her OECTA leadership, Liz has served as an Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) vice-president and Executive Board member; Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Canadian Council member; Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) executive member and OTF Governor; Chair of the Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) Affiliates Committee; board member of the Canadian Labour College; and member of the Partners Consultative Committee for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). She has also been a member of the OFL Women’s Committee, member of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, delegate to the United Nations Congress on the Status of Women, delegate to EI Women’s Conference, and delegate at EI World Congress.
Liz’s passion and determination continue to serve as an agent of change for both OECTA members and the broader community.