Governor General of Canada becomes Patron of Imagineaction Program of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation

January 19, 2012
Ottawa….The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is pleased to announce that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has agreed to become Patron of the CTF Imagineaction program.

"We are extremely honoured that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston has agreed to become Patron of our Imagineaction program.  This program’s goals are very much aligned with His Excellency’s vision of a smart and caring nation that values the importance of civic engagement, empathy and community involvement,” says CTF President Paul Taillefer.

“Imagineaction is an innovative educational program which goes beyond the curriculum, using a critical thinking model to teach citizenship through active participation in community-based projects,” Taillefer adds. “Imagineaction is national in scope, providing English and French schools with funding subsidies to encourage student-initiated, developed and delivered social action projects to effect change at the community level.

“We are delighted that His Excellency has confidence in the Imagineaction program which provides the framework to support his three pillars as outlined in his 2010 installation speech,”concludes the CTF President.

Other patrons of the Imagineaction program include former governor general the Right Honourable Michëlle Jean (2005-2010) and former senator the Honourable Landon Pearson.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is the voice of nearly 200,000 teachers across the country and Imagineaction is accessible to over 393,000 public education teachers.

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Comments: CTF President Paul Taillefer
Contact:  Francine Filion, Director of Communications 613-688-4314