2019 will mark a significant milestone in the history of our Federation. Born in a time of political upheaval, in the aftermath of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation came into being because teachers, principals and vice-principals could see that the teaching profession was not receiving the respect it deserved.
A hundred years later, OSSTF/FEESO has a proud history of significant accomplishments and achievements—achievements that have not only defended and benefited Federation members, but which have also advanced the cause of public education and enhanced the system in which our members work.
We have survived, adapted and grown so that this year we can celebrate a rich history that has made us the most inclusive education union in Canada.
Among the initiatives planned for the celebration of our centennial are:
- The creation of an online museum which will depict many of the key struggles in public education through Federation “snapshots in time.”
- A history of the Federation to be launched at AMPA 2019. Copies of the book will be made available digitally and some hardcopies will be available for District use.
- The production of short historical video vignettes for use at membership meetings and anniversary celebrations, and which will remain online for members’ and public viewing.
- Rebranding has been introduced on our letterhead, banners and flags for use during 2019.