Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham

Public Relations


To promote the positive contributions of Teachers and Professional Student Services Personnel to their students and the community.

To boost the morale of the membership, through positive advertising and special events.

To keep the public aware of issues that directly affect public education.

To build allies within the community to collectively advocate for publicly funded education.


Usually once a month on the first Tuesday of the month, 4:15 p.m. at the District 13 office.

Meetings for 2023-2024: Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Mar. 5, Apr. 9, May 14, Jun. 11.

Duties of the School Representatives

To attend a meeting once per month.

To report information to branch members.

To gather ideas and suggestions from branch members to address at monthly committee meetings.


Durham Event & Organization Sponsorship

OSSTF District 13 is committed to our community. The Public Relations Committee’s mandate is to publicly raise the profile of Durham’s public high school teachers and professional student services personnel in addition to organizing events that build positive relationships among the District 13 membership. District 13 has set aside some limited funds that can be accessed for sponsoring worthwhile events and organizations in Durham. If you are interested in accessing these funds, please download a form here, read the criteria listed and forward it to the District 13 Office by the deadlines provided. 


I Teach, I Care Campaign

The I Teach, I Care Campaign is a District 13, OSSTF Public Relations Committee initiative which seeks to recognize our members who volunteer their time in the community. This aligns with the PRC mandate which is to publicly raise the profile of Durham’s public high school teachers in addition to organizing events that build positive relationships among the District 13 membership.

The first phase in this campaign is the designing and distributing of free hats with the D13 logo on the front and the “I teach, I care” motto on the back to any teacher who volunteers their time in the community. The only thing we ask in exchange for the hat is your name and the nature of the volunteer work you are doing…and, of course, to hopefully wear the hat! We will feature our members and the good deeds you do to celebrate how much teachers do above and beyond their job.

If you would like a hat, please see your Branch President for a form or click on the link: I Teach I Care

D13 Annual Golf Tournament

Our annual golf tournament is being held (rain or shine) at Lyndebrook Golf Course on Friday, June 7th. This is a fun tournament open to all District 13 members and their families. Come out for an afternoon of fun, golf, prizes and dinner. Thank you to our sponsors Educators Financial and OTIP for their generous donations of prizes! Proceeds from the tournament go to Teachers Caring for Teachers.

Durham Public High School Teachers and Professional Student Services Personnel Make A Difference

View how public high school teachers made a difference in the lives of prominent Durham Region citizens here.

Committee Members



Jennifer Hendry Ajax HS
Jennifer Piersma Anderson CVI
Jason Himsl
Branch 18
Karen Clark Brock
Christina Kalianteris
Tom Dias Con Ed
Richard Hamel DASS
Jennifer Young Dunbarton
Sean Bilmer


Noah Deszca Grove School
Meghane Webster Henry Street HS
George Chaktsiris Maxwell Heights SS
Jessica Channon MCVI
Stephanie McMahon OCVI
Matthew Thomas

Kathie Harris

Pine Ridge

Katie Dwyer & Kelly Bond Port Perry HS
Alicia Fennell JCR

Shelby Till


Julie Gladman Sinclair SS
Rob Walker Uxbridge
Linda Chan Virtual School
Michael Hook Donald A. Wilson SS
Jacqueline Westcott PSSP/Chair

Richard McCormack/Orit Orlovsky

District 13 TBU Representative Liaison

Ruth Leone

District 13 TBU Office

Cristal Diemer-Ewles

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