A former AEFO President and a Senator honored for their work in promoting the Francophonie

OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) is honored that two of its nominees were inducted in the prestigious Ordre des francophones d'Amérique in the city of Québec last evening.

Lise Routhier-Boudreau, a former president of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) and of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) along with the Honourable Senator Claudette Tardif were recognized for their exceptional contributions in support of the Francophone culture.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I congratulate them both for being recognized for their actions as advocates and defenders of the French culture and language in Canada," says CTF President Paul Taillefer.

"Although both recipients are originally from small Francophone communities, their vision and enthusiasm have been larger than life throughout their career," adds Taillefer referring to Lise Routhier-Boudreau's hometown of Kapuskasing, Ont., and to Dr. Claudette Tardif's hometown of Westlock, Alta.

As a staunch unionist and president of the AEFO, Lise promoted the Francophone teaching profession in Canada and around the world. As chair of CTF's Advisory Committee on French as a First Language, she was a leading and articulate voice in support of French-language education in minority settings. Her passion and dedication to the Francophone community continued when she assumed the presidency of the FCFA.

For her part, Senator Tardif has held various positions in the academic world, first as a high school teacher, then moving on to become professor, dean and director of education at the Faculté Saint Jean, University of Alberta. In 2005, she was appointed Senator. Throughout her career, her research has focused on immersion education and the role of Francophone schooling in the development of cultural identity in a minority rights environment.

The Ordre des francophones d'Amérique is awarded every year to honour the achievements of individuals who are committed to maintaining and developing the language of French America.

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.

SOURCE Canadian Teachers' Federation

For further information:

Spokesperson:    Paul Taillefer, CTF President
Media contact:    Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or cell 613-899-4247


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