Ottawa… The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) announced today that its Public Education Advocacy Award was presented to former Alberta Leader of the Official Opposition Don Massey, Ph.D. Massey, who worked in education before and after politics and frequently represented education politically, was recommended for the award by the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA). Though the award was presented to Dr. Massey last month at the ATA Annual Representative Assembly, the announcement was shared with national teacher leaders at the CTF Annual General Meeting taking place in Ottawa this week.
“I was honoured,” said Massey of learning he had received the award. “I was really very surprised. I’ve been out of public life for a few years now, so it was really a pleasant surprise.
“I had never really thought of myself as an advocate. I’d always wanted to be a teacher, so I was a teacher, then an administrator, and I was eventually elected to legislature. I guess advocacy just came with the territory.”
Massey has been publicly involved in Alberta education since 1977. He was a member of the Public School Trustee Board in Edmonton for 12 years, before he became a Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Edmonton Mill Woods in 1993, where he represented Children’s Services and Learning as a Critic. He has been a teacher and an administrator, and was also a University of Alberta professor, teaching Elementary Education, and worked at various levels in public schools. Massey has also authored many Canadian geography textbooks.
“We’re proud to present this award to Don Massey, someone who has represented education issues on a provincial and community level,” said CTF President Paul Taillefer. “He has been absolutely central to Alberta education development in the public sphere for nearly 40 years.”
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CTF President Paul Taillefer
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