Oct. 5 is World Teachers’ Day- Teachers are engaged at the heart of their communities

September 25, 2007

Ottawa – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), in cooperation with its Member organizations across Canada, are highlighting Oct. 5, World Teachers’ Day, to honor their teacher members who make lasting and valuable contributions to our lives and communities.

“When one thinks of a teacher, a classroom and students come to mind. But for many teachers in Canada, when they step outside the classroom, they also walk into the hearts of their communities as leaders, volunteers, neighbours and parents,” explains Emily Noble, CTF President.

“Teachers are not just about engaging the hearts and minds of children and youth. They are also the essential link between the school and the home. And some take it a step further by becoming active volunteers in their communities as camp counselors, charity events organizers, members of associations, church and parent groups, just to name a few.

“So many teachers also strive to make a difference at the heart of communities abroad through CTF’s International Programs or other international ventures offered by CTF Member organizations. CTF’s Project Overseas is an example that has seen Canadian teachers volunteer their time during the summer months to work in developing countries.

“We are proud to be among the thousands of organizations in over 100 countries to celebrate World Teachers’ Day. Events are being planned worldwide through the efforts of Education International, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) and other partners.

CTF has posted a downloadable greeting card as well as an e-card on its Web site to allow students to personally thank their teachers on Oct. 5.

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF (http://ww.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org).

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Comments:

Emily Noble, CTF President

Contact:

Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-232-1505, ext. 130