In 2018, we celebrated our 20-year anniversary. Here is a short summary of our history.

In 1997, then Minister of Education John Snobelen introduced Bill 160. The bill contained many changes to education finance, program delivery, school board management and the collective bargaining rights of teachers. It also removed principals and vice-principals from membership in the teacher federations, prohibiting their right to unionize or be included in a bargaining unit.

School leaders throughout Ontario were unnerved. What would this mean for us? How would we function without a federation? What protections would we now have? A group of those leaders began to meet, planning how to create an organization that would protect, advocate and include principals and vice-principals from both panels.

The decision was made to establish a professional association. The planning group, along with lawyers from Lerners law firm, organized a road show throughout the province. They met with principals and vice-principals from all 31 public district school boards, discussing the implications of their removal from the federation, debating the best way to move forward and offering their vision for an all-inclusive professional organization.

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