Media Advisory: The Canadian Teachers’ Federation presents annual awards to outstanding teachers and an educational organization

July 10, 2014

WINNIPEG – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Public Education Advocacy Award, Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award and Special Recognition Awards for 2014.

“CTF recognizes that the work teachers do, although rewarding, is incredibly challenging. The teachers and the organization we have chosen to honour with these awards take on taxing work and transform it into a beautiful opportunity to effect young lives,” said CTF President Dianne Woloschuk. “For that, we cannot thank them enough.”

The winner of the Special Recognition Award is Peter Wohlgemut, for his commitment to gender equality in the classroom, as well as his extensive involvement with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society. Wohlgemut received media attention when he was asked by his school district to take down a sign he had up in his classroom advertising a safe space for LGBTT students. Wohlgemut’s dedication to his students and refusal to back away from controversial issues is deservedly recognized with this award.

The second special recognition award goes to beloved teacher and former CTF President Maureen Morris. Morris was actively involved with the Provincial Association of Protestant Teachers and the Lakeshore Teachers’ Association, which was later subsumed into the Pearson Teachers’ Union. Aside from being CTF President from 1995-1997, she was also President of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers’ from 2004 until 2008. Morris, who was a lifelong elementary school teacher, passed away on June 2, 2014. She is survived by her husband, two children and grandson.

Mary Courchene has won the Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award for her years of service as a teacher, principal, counselor, dean of aboriginal education and now Elder-in-residence. Despite having begun her education in a residential school, Courchene rose above the trauma she experienced to become an inspirational leader to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

Lastly, the Public Education Advocacy Award goes to the Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP) for the work it has done to promote French language education in Ontario. Through its extensive programming and admirable mandate, CFORP is a leader in educational innovation for students, teachers and teacher leaders.

“Each award recipient is a huge asset to the Canadian public education system, and we are so grateful for their service and commitment to education,” concluded Woloschuk.

Award recipients were nominated by their teacher Member organization before being chosen as the award winners. The awards will be presented at CTF’s Annual General Meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday, July 10.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is an alliance of nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary educators from 17 organizations (15 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.



Dianne Woloschuk, CTF President

Media Contact:

Francine Filion, Director of Communications
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