Lanark teacher Marilies Rettig has been elected the 62nd President of the Ontario Teachersâ€™ Federation by the OTF Board of Governors at its Annual Meeting in Toronto.
Rettig, a teacher for more than 20 years, has taught in both elementary and secondary schools for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (formerly Lanark Leeds and Grenville RCSSB). She is an English and Physical Education teacher who has also specialized in Co-operative Education.
Marilies Rettig was educated at York University and the University of Ottawa. She is completing her Masterâ€™s studies at Queenâ€™s University.
Rettig is well known to teachers in Ontario and across the country. She is both a former president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachersâ€™ Association and the Canadian Teachersâ€™ Federation. Currently, Rettig is also a member of the Executive Board of Education International, the federation of teachersâ€™ unions from around the world.
Rettig holds a firm belief in the importance of strong publicly funded education in shaping democracy. She is a true childrenâ€™s advocate with a special interest in fighting child poverty through making education accessible to all.
The other members of the Executive elected at the meeting are:
Hilda Watkins-First Vice-President
Yvan Roy-Second Vice-President
Sheila Vandenberk-Past President