2009 World Teachers’ Day winning poster designed by Nova Scotia Teachers Union member

July 02, 2009
Ottawa….The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to announce Heather MacIsaac, a member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), as the winner of the Federation’s 2009 World Teachers’ Day poster contest. Heather will have her concept design reproduced on posters, electronic media and other materials in support of World Teachers’ Day and Peace Education, and wins a trip for two to Montréal to attend a public presentation on peace by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at the Bell Centre on Oct. 3rd, 2009 – just days before World Teachers’ Day on Oct. 5. The contest, whose theme was Peace: Teach it. Live it., was organized by CTF with financial support from the Green Street Program. “Teachers play a pivotal role in molding children and youth to create a safe world based on justice and human rights. Peace education is also about building a sustainable environment, protecting it from exploitation and war. Heather’s poster idea perfectly illustrates the peaceful environment we as teachers strive to create,” said CTF President Emily Noble. Noble highlights the fact that Heather’s design of two hands reaching out to one another represents humanity as well as doves, symbolizing global peace. “This is one of the coolest things to ever happen to me, I am thrilled and honoured,” said Heather who teaches graphic design at the Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax. “In my career, design matters greatly, so it's wonderful when it is appreciated by others. It will be nice for my students this autumn to hear what I have been up to. “When I think about peace and education, I like to lead by example in the hope of making me a better teacher tomorrow than I was yesterday,” added Heather. There were 58 entries from across Canada, judged by a selection committee comprised of communications specialists and graphic designers from CTF Member organizations. The committee carefully studied all the entries and proposed a list of six finalists to the CTF President and Secretary General for their final decision. The finalists were: Marlene Lee (Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association), Curtis Ogrodiuk (The Alberta Teachers’ Association), Katherine Derma (Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario), Linda Ducharme (Manitoba Teachers’ Society), Claude Bégin (Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens) and Heather MacIsaac (NSTU). October 5th, World Teachers’ Day, is an annual celebration of the valuable work of teachers in Canada and around the globe. World Teachers’ Day was the brainchild of a former Canadian teacher leader, Norman Goble. First recognized in 1994, World Teachers’ Day now profiles the work of over 55 million teachers around the world. 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 . -30- Comments: Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-899-4209 (cell) Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-899-4247 (cell)