ELECTION STATEMENT

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”

Pericles [472 BC]

As an organization the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) must continue to be a unified voice for all teachers across this country and must defend publicly funded public education from coast to coast to coast. With the addition of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation to the CTF family we have become an even stronger voice.

I believe united we can meet our shared challenges; that we can protect the rights of every teacher; and that we can build fairness, dignity and equality of opportunity for every educator in all parts of this country.

With a new federal government in Ottawa it will offer many opportunities for CTF to have a significant impact on child poverty and youth mental illness at the national level. As part of Education International (EI) we continue to be an international leader and reliable source for information and support to our world counterparts.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Norm is the President of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society and is completing his second year as Vice President of The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF).

During his tenure as Vice President of CTF Norm has represented the Federation at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession for the past two years; Banff and Berlin. In addition, Norm attended the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers.

Norm is currently the Vice-Chair of the Manitoba Teachers’ Retirement Allowances Fund (TRAF) Board of Directors which oversees almost $6 billion in assets. Norm recently completed his International Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation and has extensive training in governance, fiduciary responsibilities and educational funding.

Prior to being elected as President of MTS Norm was the Vice President for four years on a full-time basis.

Norm began his union involvement at the local level in 2005 and has held a variety of positions, including President of his teachers’ association. He has taught at all three levels and has been a classroom teacher, principal designate, and behaviour intervention teacher.

Norm is proud to share the experience of serving the teachers of Manitoba and the rest of the country with his family; wife, Jennifer, and son Gavin.