Rian McLaughlin, the 71st president of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), is the first member to be re-elected as president.
A graduate of Brock, McMaster and Trent Universities, Rian has taught all grades and most subjects over her 24-year career. She has chosen to be an occasional teacher—a career that presents special challenges and opportunities. In keeping with that decision, she has been a strong advocate for the status of all teachers, including those who are on the path of occasional teaching by choice or by circumstance. She was deeply involved with the Ministry of Education’s New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) pilot for occasional teachers and was also instrumental in bringing about regulatory changes which require boards of education to provide the NTIP to long term occasional teachers.
Rian was president of the Hamilton-Wentworth Occasional Teacher Local for 12 years. She has been on the Provincial Executive of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) since 2001. Rian was first elected to the OTF Board of Governors in 2005 and in 2009, she was elected to the OTF Executive.
As a teacher leader, Rian advocates for inclusive schools, increased arts education, and improvements in education for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. She has also been a strong voice for healthy and safe workplaces for teachers and learning places for students.
Rian has a firm belief in the responsibilities of teachers to their communities. Her personal community involvement includes ongoing support for numerous children’s and women’s charities and environmental initiatives. She has a special interest in children’s mental health.
A recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, Rian recently received the Brock University Faculty of Education’s Inaugural Alumnae Achievement Award. She was named ETFO Local Leader of the Year in 2005, and is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. For her service to ETFO, Rian was recently awarded the prestigious ETFO President’s Award.