Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
|Full name||Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association|
|Affiliation||CLC, CTF, Ontario Teachers' Federation, EI, OFL, and Institute for Catholic Education|
|Key people||James Ryan, President|
|Office location||Toronto, Canada|
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) is an organization that represents teachers in publicly funded Roman Catholic schools in Ontario, Canada. It is an affiliated with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and Education International. While the CTF in general is not affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress, OECTA directly affiliates itself with it as well as the Ontario Federation of Labour.
OECTA has more than 45,000 members as of 2013[update]. Its mandate includes both the support of its members through the promotion of Catholic values, advocacy, collective bargaining, professional development & protection, and advocacy for the common good.
OECTA holds an annual meeting to elect officers, pass resolutions, and to amend its constitution, by-laws, policies, and procedures. The Provincial Executive meets on a monthly basis to administer the Association between annual meetings and to coordinate relations with the Ontario Teachers' Federation. A Council of Presidents representing all OECTA units meets three times per year (additionally at the call of the Provincial President) to advise the Provincial Executive, approve the association's bargaining objectives, and set the association's budget.
|Name||Took Office||Left Office|
|Very Reverend B.W. Harrigan||1945||1947|
|Raymond J. Bergin||1947||1948|
|Reverend Brother Thaddeus||1948||1949|
|Mother Mary Lenore||1951||1953|
|Reverend C.L. Siegried||1955||1956|
|Mary W. Flynn||1956||1958|
|Sister M. Vincentia||1958||1960|
|Reverend J.H. Conway||1960||1962|
|Sister Frances McCann||1964||1965|
|Sister M. Aloysia||1966||1967|
|Reverend J. Frank Kavanagh||1971||1972|
|T. John Fauteux||1984||1986|
|Donna Marie Kennedy||2003||2007|
Source: OECTA Report to Members, March 2008
- Ruth Willis spent her entire teaching career with the Windsor Separate School Board, and was its first primary consultant. She held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Assumption University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. She was secretary of OECTA’s Windsor District, before joining the provincial executive in 1965. She died on July 15, 2006, at age 91.
- John Kuchinak began teaching with the Metropolitan Separate School Board (later renamed the Toronto District Catholic School Board) in 1959, and was a principal from 1965 to 1989. In 1967, he chaired a convention entitled "The role of the Catholic school in a pluralistic society". He received an Ontario Teachers' Federation Fellowship in 1979, and an OECTA Life Membership in 1991. He was known for his work on teachers, and in particular for his work in winning equal pensions for teachers who were members of religious orders. He died on November 29, 2005, at age 72.