CTF Special Recognition Awards highlight service to education and teaching profession

July 14, 2011
OTTAWA… The founder of a highly successful youth citizenship engagement program and a highly respected educator from Newfoundland and Labrador are recipients of this year's Special Recognition Awards of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF). The awards are presented annually to individuals for meritorious services to education and/or the teaching profession at the interprovincial, territorial, national or international levels.

CTF is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the CTF Special Recognition Awards at the Annual General Meeting:

Taylor Gunn, Student Vote
Taylor Gunn was nominated by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) for initiating Student Vote, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to build the capacity and commitment of young Canadians to participate in their democracy. Launched prior to the 2003 Ontario election, Student Vote is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with official election periods. To date, Student Vote has successfully designed and coordinated 11 parallel elections. In total, more than 2.5 million students and 5,000 schools across Canada have participated in Student Vote parallel elections since 2003.

Taylor’s powerful and contagious passion and enthusiasm for Student Vote have inspired students and teachers alike. Taylor Gunn’s Student Vote will leave a lasting legacy. Taylor Gunn will be bestowed with the CTF Special Recognition Award at the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) in August.

Dr. David Dibbon, Memorial University of Newfoundland
The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA) nominated Dr. Dibbon for his contributions through his research focused on making the school system a better place for students to learn and for teachers to teach. Dr. David Dibbon was Dean of the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland at the time of his death in December 2010.  Before joining the Faculty in 2000, Dr. Dibbon was a successful teacher and school administrator in the public school system for 20 years. Dr. Dibbon had carried out and published major research in the areas of organizational learning, leadership and learning, teacher supply and demand, online learning communities, teacher working conditions, teacher education, new teacher transitions and other policy related initiatives. Of particular mention is his work with the NLTA on teacher workload and the 2004 report, It's About Time: A Study of the Impact of Workload on Teachers and Students.

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
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