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ETFO President Sam Hammond

Sam HammondSam Hammond is serving his sixth term as president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

First elected to provincial Executive in August 2003, Sam served as vice-president from 2004-2007, and as first vice-president from 2007-2009. He was first elected ETFO president in 2009.

Sam has extensive elementary teaching experience. As a physical education and health specialist with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, he taught all grade levels from Junior Kindergarten to grade eight.

From 1998-2004, Sam was the chief negotiator and grievance officer for the Hamilton-Wentworth Teacher Local, and held this key position during a difficult 17-day strike/lockout in October 2000.

Sam has served the education sector and labour movement in many different capacities. He served as a Vice President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and as an Executive and Board member, as an Executive Board member of the Ontario Federation of Labour, and currently serves as a member of the Canadian Council at Canadian Labour Congress.

A sociology and history major, he holds a B.A. (Hon.) from McMaster University as well as a B.Ed. from Brock University.

Sam taught additional qualification courses in physical education and health, and in risk management, at the Brock University Faculty of Education for several years. He also taught English as a second language in the South Pacific Islands for a year while travelling through the South Central Pacific.

Sam is a passionate social, political, and union activist and has worked on numerous municipal, provincial, and federal political campaigns.