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For Immediate Release
April 24, 2019

Edward Hancock Made Honorary Member of the NLTA

St. John’s, NL… Edward Hancock was made honorary member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association on April 24, 2019 during the Association’s Biennial General Meeting in St. John’s. Ed joins a group of 45 distinguished Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who have received this honor.

Edward Hancock was born and raised in Corner Brook. He is a graduate of Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education and Masters in Educational Administration. He also holds a Certificate in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University.  

Ed began his career as a teacher in April 1973 at the high school in Lewisporte where he taught Math and Chemistry. In 1984, he was appointed vice-principal at that school.

It was in that same year of 1973 that the NLTA achieved the right to negotiate a collective agreement for teachers in the province. The collective bargaining process and the role of the NLTA in that process greatly interested Ed and inspired him to become involved with the Association. In 1974, at 21 years of age, with only one year of teaching, Ed became the branch president for Ganova Branch. Two years later he was elected to the NLTA Provincial Executive. As an Executive member, he served as a member of the NLTA Negotiating Team in the late 1970s, a Table Officer and chairperson of various committees (including Finance and Property). After five years on Executive, he served again as a branch president, this time in Notre Dame Branch (due to branch restructuring) and he led that branch during the Association’s first job action in 1983. For his service to the Association at the branch level, Ed was presented with the Bancroft Award in 1983. After his two years as branch president, Ed continued to serve on the Notre Dame Branch executive for several years.

His work as a volunteer at the branch level, as branch president and branch executive, and as a member of the Provincial Executive, eventually led him to a career at the NLTA. In 1986, when a position on the NLTA Administrative Staff became vacant, Ed applied and was accepted for the position of administrative officer with the NLTA. His hiring led to a 27-year career with the Association. He served as Administrative Officer in Field Services, and in Benefits and Economic Services, and was appointed Assistant Executive Director in 1997.

In 2001, Ed was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the NLTA and, in that capacity, he also served on the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Board of Directors. As NLTA Executive Director, Ed served as the senior staff officer and chief executive officer of the Association for the next twelve years. From 2000 to 2009, Ed served as a Director on the Board of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education (CAPSLE) and as its President in 2007-08. In 2012, Ed was awarded Honorary Life Membership in CAPSLE.

Throughout his 40-year career, as a teacher, administrator, branch president, provincial executive member and eventually NLTA administrative staff officer, Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director, Ed strongly defended the rights of educators and was a staunch advocate for education. He worked within  the NLTA to battle teacher cuts, was NLTA’s chief negotiator during several rounds of collective bargaining, led NLTA’s bargaining committee during the 2006 negotiations on the $2 billion injection into the Teachers’ Pension Plan, represented the Association on numerous liaison committees and in discussions with the Department of Education, and oversaw all Association programs and services during his twelve years as Executive Director.

Ed retired from the position of Executive Director for the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association in 2013. In 2015, he was presented with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Special Recognition Award. He lives in Mount Pearl with his wife, Carol. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Laura, and five grandchildren; Hannah, Ryan, Quinn, and Kara, and newly arrived Aiden Edward.

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For further information contact:
Lesley-Ann Browne, NLTA Communications, Tel: 709-682-3751 (cellular); labrowne@nlta.nl.ca