Mary-Lou Donnelly from Nova Scotia assumes presidency of Canadian Teachers’ Federation

July 19, 2009

CTF News Service — Ottawa) Delegates attending the 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) elected, on July 18, 2009, the vice-presidents who form the CTF Executive Committee.

Mary-Lou Donnelly, from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, assumes the presidency after being elected as President-designate in 2008. She replaces Emily Noble who served the organization for two years as President. “We are extremely grateful to Emily for having served the Federation so well over the last two years,” says Mary-Lou Donnelly. “During her term, she has been an enthusiastic champion for public education, students and teachers. We look forward to her continued involvement as Past President of CTF and as Chair of the CTF Trust Fund which administers our international programs.”

The CTF Executive Committee is now composed of the following individuals:

-       Mary-Lou Donnelly, President

-       Emily Noble, Past President

-       Frank Bruseker, Vice-President (The Alberta Teachers’ Association)

-       Brent Shaw, Vice-President (New Brunswick Teachers’ Association)

-       Paul Taillefer, Vice-President (Association des enseignantes et des enseignants
franco-ontariens)

-       Dianne Woloschuck, Vice-President (Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation)

-       Calvin Fraser, Secretary General


The CTF AGM, the highest legislative body of the national federation, is held every year to report on activities for the past year and to determine priorities and activities for future years. 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. This year, the AGM focus was on child poverty. The meeting also set the Federation’s priorities, budget and Members’ fee, and elected the Executive Committee for the organization.

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
(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:       Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President, 613-688-4300 or 613-899-4209 (cell)

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