Hamilton Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local

About Us

The Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local is comprised of approximately 2,200 Elementary Teachers employed by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. HWETL is an affiliate of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and as such is a professional organization dedicated to safeguarding and advancing the cause of publicly funded education while advocating for the interests and well being of its members. HWETL is also a labour union determined to secure and maintain fair and reasonable collective bargaining rights for its members. HWETL strives for membership involvement, while providing professional and personal services for all Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers. Recognizing and respecting diversity allows this organization to act as a unified body to fulfill its mandate of service for all members and the community.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

105 Nebo Road
Hamilton Ontario L8W 2E1

Phone: 905-318-2771
Fax: 905-318-2550

Office Manager: Carleigh Hochheimer (Email)


Released Officers

  • President – Cindy Gangaram Email
  • Chief Negotiator- Cindy Gangaram Email Collective Agreement & Staffing Questions
  • Vice-President – Michelle Konior EmailSchools A-F
  • Vice President – Michelle Pickett-Hershey EmailSchools G-M & Itinerant & System Teachers
  • Vice President – Heidi Flemming EmailSchools N-Y
  • Treasurer – Sara Rogers (Sir William Osler) Email

Non-Released Officer

Secretary – Jade Borges (Queensdale) Email


  • Evelyn Amoah (Norwood Park)
  • James Beattie (System)
  • Heather Fudge (Queen Mary)
  • Jeff Hinchliffe (Guy Brown)
  • Shideh Houshmandi (Shannen Koostahcin)
  • Ben Moore (A. M. Cunningham)
  • Gerry Schaefer (Hillcrest)
  • Fionn Smyth (Hess)
  • Stephanie Trepanier (Cootes)