Media Advisory: Canadian teachers gather in Ottawa to elect new executive, launch human rights teacher resource

July 13, 2015

OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in Ottawa July 17- 18 at the Ottawa Marriot Hotel on Kent St. and will feature a series of sessions under the theme Public Education: A Public Good. This year’s theme will reflect on the increasing corporate intrusion into publicly funded public education.

“Our AGM is an opportunity for our Member organizations to gather to debate and discuss key issues and resolutions that have an impact on publicly funded public education, students and teachers,” says CTF President Dianne Woloschuk, who will be ending her two-year term at the meeting. “It’s a coming together of teacher leaders who are committed to public education and who truly know the importance of keeping public education public.”

The meeting will begin Friday with a financial session and the election speeches of vice-presidential candidates. Leaders of Member organizations will also discuss contract negotiations and events in their respective jurisdictions.

Saturday will begin with a women’s caucus breakfast featuring Haldis Holst, Deputy General Secretary of Education International (EI) as guest speaker. CTF will also honour key teacher leaders and education champions at a special luncheon awards ceremony.

Launch of human rights educational resource

This year’s AGM will also see the launch of the Speak Truth to Power Canada website and toolkit that includes lessons plans on different Canadian human rights defenders. The initiative is a collaborative project led by the CTF in partnership with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Assembly of First Nations and the Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami.

The AGM also precedes the Education International (EI) World Congress 2015, taking place in Ottawa from July 21 to 26 at the Shaw Centre, which will bring together some 2,000 delegates, observers and guests from around the world.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is an alliance of nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary educators from 16 organizations (14 Members, one Affiliate Member and one Associate Member across Canada). CTF is also a member of Education International, a global alliance of educators. Follow CTF  on Twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada.

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Spokesperson:

Dianne Woloschuk, CTF President

Media contact:

Francine Filion, Director of Communications,
613-688-4314 (office) or 613-899-4247 (cell)