MONTRÉAL – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) presents today its three awards to four meritorious recipients: the Special Recognition Award, the Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award and the Public Education Advocacy Award at its Annual General Meeting currently underway in Montréal.
The CTF Special Recognition Award recipient is Maureen Weinberger for her contribution to the education field and the teaching profession. Weinberger, a former vice-president of both the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and CTF, was a classroom teacher for 25 years and a proud union member fighting for the rights of teachers and women as a member of various committees. ETFO nominated Weinberger for her outstanding show of support for and belief in equity and social justice issues.
CTF is presenting its second Special Recognition Award to Beverley Park who has worked in the education field for over 30 years. The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association, of which she is a proud employee, nominated Park for her strong advocacy for French education and Francophone teachers and for increased access to education. She has also worked to establish sustaining and viable teacher associations in frequently hostile environments. Park has worked in multiple countries to help teachers develop the skills they need and to work for better access to education.
The recipient of the CTF Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award is Lloyd Bloomfield who started his career as a Red Seal journeyman carpenter. He made his way into the education field where he has now been for 18 years. Formerly a construction technologies teacher, he is currently the Assistant Principal at Amiskwaciy Academy, in Edmonton. Nominated by The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), Bloomfield serves as vice-president of Technology on the Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention Association. A former President of the Career and Technology Council, he is also a mentor to the University of Alberta Education students. Bloomfield is very committed to his profession, but also to his students. He enjoys instilling a passion in his students for their academic success.
The CTF Public Education Advocacy Award is presented posthumously to Paul Johnson. Johnson has shaped a strong relationship between his business, Johnson Insurance, and teacher organizations across Canada. He has always been a strong advocate for teachers and for public education. As part of his contributions, he established the Johnson Family Foundation to promote the history and natural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador through the Encyclopedia he published. He devoted his retirement, and proceeds from Johnson Insurance, to preserve and promote the history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador before passing away on Oct. 12, 2015.
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