Ann Hawkins 349
Sonia Di Petta 284
OECTA Provincial social justice advocate and MOU supporter Ann Hawkins was elected by a significant majority at OECTA AGM. In the election we had two strong candidates. Ann's decisive win makes me wonder if there might not be a "fear of Toronto" element to the voters' decision. Both James + Sonia are from a Toronto Unit. If both were elected there would have been 2 executive members from Toronto representing teachers from across the province.
I'm not convinced that considering the high proportion of our teachers from Toronto + the GTA that would have been inappropriate. However, it is a sensitive issue for our members outside Toronto. For example I am from Toronto OECTA TSU. I would've considered running for OECTA Provincial but didn't because there were all ready 2 good Toronto candidates who I support. I would not to further increase those fears or further split the vote for the other Toronto candidates. There were also other Toronto candidates of a similar mind.
The other possibility is that our membership is so divided on the OECTA MOU, many would not want the number 1 and 2 positions on executive both be officers who are opposed to the MOU.
I understand that Ann is none to enamoured with myself and this blog. That is quite understandable based upon the political civil war surrounding the MOU. However, majority rules! Also I quite appreciate Ann's strong commitment to social justice. It is time to move on to fixing our union rather than fighting yesterday's battles. Congratulations to Ann Hawkins our OECTA Provincial 1st VP 2013-14.
One of my readers below comments that they believe it was because Ann ran a much better campaign and gave the better speech that she won. Ann was a very dynamic speaker. Sonia, most likely inadvertently, did have a rather cloying tone.
As a guy I didn't think the spiked shoe imagery used in her campaign was unbecoming or derogatory but it might well appear so from a woman's perspective. That concern has also been mentioned. Dunno. Sonia has stood quite solidly on her own two feet both in helping our members as need be against the supposed big boys out there in the political world + in fighting against the OECTA MOU strictly on principle. Personally, without prejudice, I though the symbol, in Sandra's case was kinda cool.