Ontario Francophone Assault Prevention Centre recipient of 2010 Public Education Advocacy Award

July 15, 2010
Edmonton… The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to present its 2010 Public Education Advocacy Award to the Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA), an Ontario-based assault prevention centre. COPA is the only organization in Canada that promotes the development and coordination of Francophone child and youth assault prevention programs.

“Approximately 70,000 Francophone children and youth from across the province have already benefited from COPA’s services,” explains CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly. “Not only is COPA recognized for its excellent teacher workshops on bullying prevention at school and in the workplace, but for its focus on the individual and collective empowerment of vulnerable groups from a community and feminist perspective.”

The Public Education Advocacy Award is presented annually by CTF to groups or individuals outside the teaching profession who have made major contributions to promote and support public education in Canada.

“We are delighted to honour COPA this year which has shown exceptional commitment and greatly contributed to strengthening and supporting public education, especially for the Franco-Ontarian community given the shortage of French-language community resources and services in Ontario,” she concludes.

Details of the CTF National Awards celebration:

When: Thursday, July 15, 2010
Time:  11:45 am
Where: Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton
What: Presentation of Public Education Advocacy Award, Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award and CTF Recognition Awards

COPA’s name will be added to the roster of CTF Public Education Advocacy Award recipients who include His Excellency John Ralston Saul, author; Annie Kidder, People for Education in Ontario; Denise Pike, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils; Alfie Kohn, author; the Association francophone des parents du Nouveau-Brunswick; Gerard Kennedy, former Ontario Education Minister and Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation 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.

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Comments: Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President

Media contact: Francine Filion, CTF Director of Communications, 613-899-4247 (cell)