Media Advisory: Child poverty is focus of Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s Annual General Meeting in Ottawa

July 16, 2009

(CTF News Service – Ottawa) When Canada’s teacher organizations meet next week for their annual general meeting in Ottawa, a prime focus will be on how they can use their solidarity to improve child poverty rates in Canada. Teacher leaders will also discuss other issues related to education and society that affect the quality of teaching and learning in Canadian classrooms at the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF)’s Annual General Meeting at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, July 16 to 19.

“Child Poverty is the number one priority for CTF,” explains CTF President Emily Noble. “We believe there’s a strong correlation between socio-economic status and children’s academic performance.”

“We’ve raised the issue of child poverty all year with submissions to political parties, members of Parliament and House committees. As a collective voice, we aim to exert pressure on political decision-makers to reduce the number of children currently living in poverty,” explains Noble.

Here are sessions open to the media:

Thursday, July 16

7 p.m.:                                  Official opening, greetings and opening remarks

                                                   President’s reception

 Friday, July 17

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.:     Child poverty: using teacher influence

                                                   Presentation and open discussion

 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:    Awards Presentations:

                                             Through its Special Recognition Awards, CTF will honour three outstanding education leaders whose professionalism, creativity and dedication have advanced the teaching profession in Canada.

                                             The Public Education Advocacy Award will recognize a non-teacher who has made major contributions to promote public education in Canada.

                                             CTF will present an award to an Outstanding Aboriginal Educator who has demonstrated leadership in Aboriginal education and excellence in teaching that reflects an Aboriginal culture.

      6 p.m.:                                  Evening reception at the Canadian Teachers’ Federation building, 2490 Don Reid Drive, Ottawa 

Saturday, July 18

      11 a.m.:                                Election of CTF Executive Committee (with the exception of the President, Mary-Lou Donnelly, who assumes the presidency after being elected in 2008 as President-designate).

 

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation and its members are well known for adopting their strong stands on issues such as cyberbullying, environmental education and health issues.

 

The CTF AGM is the highest legislative body of the national federation which is held every year to report on activities for the past year and to establish the budget, priorities and activities for the coming year. The AGM engages the delegates of Member organizations in debate and discussion on key issues and resolutions that have an impact on public education, students and teachers nationally.

 

 

CTF speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations accross Canada. CTF (http://www.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, 613-899-4209 (cell)

Media Contact:    Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 and/or 613-899-4247 (cell)