Left to right are Heather MacIsaac, the teacher who won our poster design contest, CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly, the Dalai Lama (holding the box containing the essays), Emily (Ontario), Daniel (Ontario) and Miguel (Alberta), the students who won the essay contest.

The photo was taken by Elise Jacob

CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly joined recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards (PMA) for Teaching Excellence in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill to highlight the Canadian World Teachers’ Day theme: Peace. Live it. Teach it. For the first time in the history of the PMAs, the awards ceremony was held to coincide with World Teachers’ Day on Oct. 5th.


Poster designed by Heather MacIsaac, member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and winner of the 2009 World Teachers’ Day poster contest.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation believes that world peace and individual freedom are both rational premises and viable objectives for education.

Peace Education is about empowering people to create a safe world based on justice and human rights and to build a sustainable environment and protect it from exploitation and war.

“Teachers play a pivotal role in molding children and youth to create a safer world with justice and human rights as priorities. Heather’s poster idea perfectly illustrates the peaceful environment we as teachers strive to create," said Mary-Lou Donnelly, Canadian Teachers’ Federation President.

On October 5th 2009 we encourage you to make this year's theme, PEACE: TEACH IT. LIVE IT, a reality.