National body of teachers honours three educators at awards celebration in Ottawa

July 16, 2009

(CTF News Service – Ottawa) A former Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) president, a champion of Francophones issues and a leader from Newfoundland and Labrador are recipients of this year's CTF Special Recognition Awards. The awards honour the valuable contributions made by teacher leaders in promoting the teaching profession and, by extension, public education. CTF President Emily Noble will present the awards tomorrow at an awards celebration during the Federation’s Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario.

Details of the CTF National Awards celebration:

When: Friday, July 17, 2009
Time:

11:45 am

Where:     

Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St., Ottawa, Ontario

What:       

Presentation of CTF Recognition Awards, Public Eucation Advocacy Award and Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award

This year’s recipients of the CTF Special Recognition Awards are:

Marilies Rettig, Ontario

 Great leaders combine vision with courageous action while setting the path for positive change in the world around them. Marilies Rettig has demonstrated leadership by her current role as the Deputy General Secretary for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Her appointment to the position demonstrated the high regard in which she is held by teachers in Canada. As president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), she rebuffed the Harris government’s efforts to subvert Ontario’s educational system and provided the impetus for a 37,000-strong rally at Queen’s Park. As Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) president, from 1999 to 2001, she put the spotlight on the National Children’s Agenda and was a bedrock of support for teachers engaged in collective action in many parts of Canada.


Guy Matte, Ontario

As Provincial President, then Executive Director of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), Guy Matte made his mark in education both in Ontario and at the national and international levels. He has been a leader in the Francophone community in Ontario, more specifically in the process that led Ontario’s Francophones to take over the French-language school governance. In 2004, he was awarded the Ordre de la Pléiade by the Canadian branch of the Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie. He sat on the international executive board of the Comité syndical francophone de l’éducation et de la formation (CSFEF) for ten years.

Currently retired, Matte continues to share his expertise with unionists in developing countries as a volunteer for CTF’s international cooperation programs in Rwanda and Guinea.

Wayne Noseworthy, Newfoundland and Labrador

Throughout his career, Wayne Noseworthy has been a strong advocate for teachers in various venues and while serving on numerous committees. As President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA), he led the Association during its first province-wide teachers’ strike in 1983. In 2003, Wayne was one of the recipients of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to public education in Newfoundland and Labrador. He is currently Staff Relations Officer with the Newfoundland and Labrador School Boards Association.

CTF speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes teacher organizations across Canada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International .

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