ETFO First Vice-President Karen Campbell Honoured as one of 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada

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ETFO First Vice-President Karen Campbell honoured as one of Canada’s top 100 Accomplished Black Women

For Immediate Release – September 17, 2018

Toronto, ON – The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is proud to announce that First Vice-President Karen Campbell has been honoured for her work in advancing the efforts of Black girls and women in Canada.

Campbell was chosen for the 100 Accomplished Black Women- 2018 publication for her work as a union activist and as president of the Smile Foundation.

“The strength of ETFO is a reflection of the extraordinary skills and community contributions made by the fierce women leadership in our union, and we thrilled to have Karen Campbell’s work recognized in this way,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond following the gala ceremony honouring the women this past Saturday.

Founded in 2011, when Campbell was a single mom, smile (single mothers inspiring leadership in education) is a Canadian non-profit organization that helps low-income, single mothers improve their lives through education in the Greater Toronto area and internationally by working with and through community-based organizations. More information can be found at

With over 20 years of teaching experience in the education, Campbell developed a passion for helping others in need and knows first-hand the challenges of furthering education while being a single mom. She is committed to promoting equity and social justice in the classroom and within the teaching profession

“I believe that education is the great equalizer and is one of the key tools to lifting women and children out of poverty,” said Campbell. “Education is transformational. It is critical for helping women and girls reach their full potential.”

Campbell began her career as a special education teacher with the Toronto District School Board in 1993 and has worked extensively in the area of autism and children’s mental health. She served as a vice-president of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) for 12 years and was elected to the ETFO provincial Executive in 2009. She was elected first vice-president of the Federation in 2017.

ETFO is committed to building better schools. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 80,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.


For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations:

Valerie Dugale, 1-888-838-3836 x2336, cell 416-948-0195,