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Emily Noble awarded Algoma ETFO Lifetime Membership
Our very own Emily Noble has excelled at all levels of Education! From her early years as a new teacher in 1971, Emily advanced to a Principalship. Then she made a watershed decision to focus on Union leadership. Emily served on the provincial board of directors of FWTAO, including provincial Treasurer, then was elected to the ETFO Executive for four years before being elected Provincial President of ETFO and presiding over our Union from 2002-2007. These were challenging years – think of the Mike Harris and Ernie Eves misguided attacks on education.
You would think that that would be a career!
Following her successful presidency of ETFO, Emily was elected to the OTF Board of Governors and then President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation … and after that, a Board Member of Education International. In 2012, Emily was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Emily’s excellent leadership skills guided her success locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
You would think that THAT would be a career!
Emily continues to serve others as an Anglican Lay Minister, President of BPW Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie and has held a myriad of other positions of responsibility including President of District 3 RTOERO since her most recent retirement. Emily currently sits as a Director of Area 11 on the Board of Directors of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO).
Many newer Algoma ETFO teachers have no experience with Emily, but “seasoned” vets (and retirees) can recall her steady hand in the tumultuous 2000s Provincial Negotiations.
Emily has touched and improved the learning environment of local and provincial students and teachers as well as Canadian and International education!
When you try to describe Emily, there are just not enough superlatives. Excellent, fair, strong, thoughtful, brilliant, insightful, focussed, gregarious, dedicated, supportive, courageous to name a few.
As Emily stated in her farewell “ETFO Voice” article in 2007, “The challenge and the reward are that we make a difference.”
Emily, you HAVE made a difference. Thank you!