Nova Scotian appointed as Secretary General of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation

January 06, 2015

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Cassandra Hallett DaSilva as the Federation’s new Secretary General.

“The Secretary General of CTF is a key position at the heart of Canada’s teaching profession and education system,” explains CTF President Dianne Woloschuk. “Hallett DaSilva, a former CTF International Program Officer, brings a wealth of understanding of Canadian schools and teacher organizations to the Federation. She is a seasoned teacher and educational leader with experience in her hometown of Halifax, in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and overseas in Tanzania.

“Her professionalism, values, bilingualism, and skills as a team builder and communicator will serve our federation extremely well into the future,” explains Woloschuk.

“At a time when CTF is in the process of rebuilding and revitalizing, Hallett DaSilva’s solid leadership will be a critical ingredient in our success. I have no doubt her knowledge and skills in nurturing relationships with staff, teachers and political leaders will ensure our success on many fronts,” adds Woloschuk.

“We are also celebrating her appointment as the first woman ever to hold the position of Secretary General in the Federation’s 95-year history,” says the CTF President. Hallett DaSilva is also a mother to two school-aged children here in Ottawa.

She assumed her duties as chief administrator of CTF on January 1, 2015, replacing Dr. Calvin Fraser who retired in December after serving eight years in that capacity.

“We are extremely grateful to Dr. Fraser, a former Alberta teacher leader, for his vision and dedication through the Federation’s transformative years. We wish him well on a well-deserved retirement back in Alberta.”

Located in Ottawa, CTF is a national alliance of Member organizations representing nearly 200,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of Education International which represents 30 million educators around the world. Follow CTF on twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada

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