Paul Taillefer from Timmins assumes presidency of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation

July 15, 2011
(CTF News Service — Ottawa) Paul Taillefer takes over the presidential reins of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) as of today. Elected as President-Designate in 2010, Taillefer replaces Mary-Lou Donnelly who served as the Federation’s President from 2009-2011.

“On behalf of teachers across Canada, I would like to sincerely thank Mary-Lou for being such an articulate and passionate spokesperson for our federation over the last two years,” says CTF President Paul Taillefer. “Her enthusiasm and belief in the teacher union movement have enhanced the Canadian teachers’ voice both nationally and internationally. 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.”

Delegates also elected the vice-presidents who form the CTF Executive Committee.

The CTF Executive Committee is now composed of the following individuals:
      - Paul Taillefer, President
      - Mary-Lou Donnelly, Past President
      - Alexis Allen, Vice-President (Nova Scotia Teachers Union)
      - Frank Bruseker, Vice-President (The Alberta Teachers’ Association)
      - Brent Shaw, Vice-President (New Brunswick Teachers’ Association)
      - Dianne Woloschuk, Vice-President (Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation)
      - Calvin Fraser, Secretary General

Paul Taillefer’s career as a teacher leader spans over 25 years, beginning with the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), (a CTF Member organization) where he held various offices including the presidency for two consecutive terms. Taillefer has been a member of the CTF Board of Directors since 2004 and of the Executive Committee as Vice-President since 2007. As a staunch unionist and champion for public education, Paul Taillefer is also a strong promoter of Francophone language in minority settings, chairing the Federation’s Advisory Committee on French as a First Language twice.

The native of Sudbury, Ontario, began his teaching career in 1977 at the École secondaire catholique Thériault in Timmins. Taillefer completed a four-year bachelor’s degree at Laurentian University and a bachelor of education at the University of Western Ontario.

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.

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