CTF and ETFO to unveil World Teachers’ Day poster designed by Windsor elementary teacher

August 12, 2008

(CTF News Service ― Ottawa) The President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will join the President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) tomorrow to unveil this year’s Canadian poster celebrating World Teachers’ Day. The unveiling will take place during ETFO’s Annual General Meeting currently being held in Toronto.

The design of the poster was created by ETFO member Neli Brady who teaches at A.V. Graham Public School in Tecumseh, about 23 km from Windsor, Ontario. Neli entered and won first prize in CTF’s National World Teachers’ Day poster contest launched last spring.

According to CTF President Emily Noble, CTF selected Neli Brady’s design because of its composition, colours and graphic representation of people. Her design also fits well with the theme “Teachers change your life”.

“In selecting a theme for this year’s World Teachers’ Day, we were inspired by a popular quote by author and teacher Joyce A. Myers who said: Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges,” explains Noble. “World Teachers’ Day is an occasion to celebrate teachers around the world who hold the right mix within themselves to bring about positive changes within students.

For his part, ETFO President David Clegg adds: “We are delighted to share one of our member’s creativity and work with her teacher colleagues across the country. It is exciting to know that Neli’s design will be highly visible in school halls, classroom walls and teacher staff rooms across Canada.

“Not only do teachers change your life, they can make a real difference in moving our nation forward culturally, economically, environmentally and socially,” adds Clegg.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000 elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada. ETFO is a member of CTF.

CTF and its Member organizations across the country are 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 will create a downloadable greeting card as well as an e-card on its Web site featuring Neli Brady’s poster design 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 is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.

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Comments: Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-688-4300 or 613-899-4209 (cell)

Media Contacts:Larry Skory, ETFO Media Relations & Communications, 416-962-3836, ext. 2331; Toll-free, 1-888-838-3836; 416-948-0195 (cell)

Francine Filion, CTF Director of Communications, 613-232-1505