A member of the Order of Canada to be honored by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation

July 16, 2009

(CTF News Service – Ottawa) The President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the Federation’s Public Education Advocacy Award. The Award is presented to groups or individuals outside the teaching profession who have made major contributions to promote and support public education in Canada.

“We are delighted to honour Mary Gordon, an internationally acclaimed educator, child advocate, and parenting expert at our awards celebration tomorrow, during our Annual General Meeting in Ottawa,” says CTF President Emily Noble. “Mary has demonstrated exceptional commitment and greatly contributed to strengthening and supporting public education”, she adds.

Gordon is the founder of Canada's first school-based parenting and family literacy centres, which have been used as a model around the world. In 2000, she founded Roots of Empathy, a charitable organization that teaches elementary students human development, emotional literacy, and nurtures the growth of empathy. Thousands of children across Canada are currently involved in Roots of Empathy, and the program is now poised for international implementation. A former kindergarten teacher, she now consults with governments, educational organizations, and public institutions. She is a member of the Order of Canada and an Ashoka fellow. In 2002, she was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in for her outstanding and exemplary contributions to her community, of Toronto, and to Canada as a whole.

Details of the CTF National Awards celebration:


Friday, July 17, 2009


11:45 am


Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St., Ottawa, Ontario


Presentation of Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award, CTF Recognition Awards and Public Education Advocacy Award

“On behalf of teachers across Canada, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Gordon for her visionary leadership and support to public education,” concludes the CTF President.

Her name will be added to the roster of CTF Public Education Advocacy Award recipients who include His Excellency John Ralston Saul, Kathy LeGrow, Canadian School Boards Association, Annie Kidder, People for Education in Ontario, Denise Pike, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils, Alfie Kohn, U.S. author and educator, and last year’s recipients, the Association francophone des parents du Nouveau-Brunswick and Gerard Kennedy, former Education Minister of 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.


Comments: Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-899-4209 (cell)
Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-899-4247 (cell)