August 17, 2017
Steve Colliver, a former teacher and president of the Trillium Lakelands Teacher Local was honoured by his colleagues last night when he received an Honorary Life Member Award from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) at its Annual Meeting in Toronto.
Honorary life memberships, the Federation’s highest form of recognition, are given to members who have retired from the education profession and have given outstanding service to the Federation.
Steve began his career as an occasional teacher in 1984 with the former Haliburton and North Shore boards of education. He obtained a permanent teacher position in 1987 in Lindsay with the former Victoria County Board of Education.
When he retired in June, 2015, Steve was the longest standing president of an ETFO teacher local. He first served as secretary of the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation (OPSTF) Victoria, a predecessor of ETFO, from 1996-1998. After ETFO was formed, Steve was elected vice-president of Trillium Lakelands Teacher local in 1999 and went on to become president in 2001. He served as local chief negotiator for 14 years as well.
As president, Steve undertook the building of the local’s office - an advanced, eco-friendly, one-of-a-kind building that highlighted the local’s leadership, innovation and forward thinking. Among other accomplishments, he pioneered collective bargaining language that protects a teacher’s individual right to determine how they use their preparation time.
At the provincial level, Steve was a member of the Selection Committee for Standing Committees and the Professional Relations and Discipline Committee. Every summer, he attended ETFO’s Annual Meeting in Toronto and for more than a decade was accompanied by his wife and children. They actually believed this was a ‘normal’ part of their summer vacation!
“Steve passionately defended ETFO members’ rights to ensure they have the best working conditions, which improves student learning outcomes,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “He ensured that the Trillium Lakelands Teacher Local grew to become a strong ETFO local and contributor to the local community.” ETFO is committed to building better schools. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at buildingbetterschools.ca. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.