TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - "Tomorrow, on World Teachers' Day, we
congratulate Ontario teachers for their outstanding work, both in the
classroom and in society," stated Julie Pauletig, President of the
Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF).
"This year's theme, Teachers: Pillars of democracy, speaks to the role
teachers play in educating students about the value of democracy in
maintaining the quality of life in our society," added Pauletig,
"Teachers set the example for all citizens by standing up for
democratic principles in the public forum."
World Teachers' Day, marked every year on October 5, was proclaimed in
1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) to recognize the contribution of teachers to
Recently, the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and OTF recognized
the excellence of Ontario's teachers in publicly funded schools with
the presentation of the OTIP Teaching Awards for excellence to Kerri
Lyn Grainger, St. Columban Catholic School, Dublin in the Beginning
Teacher category; Nancy Dye, Hearing Itinerant Department, Toronto in
the Elementary Teacher category; and Catarina Vindasius, East Elgin
Secondary School, Aylmer in the Secondary Teacher category.
"These teachers represent the excellence of our teachers and the work
they accomplish every day in our schools," concluded Pauletig. "I hope
that everyone takes a moment tomorrow to thank a teacher."
The Ontario Teachers' Federation is the advocate for the teaching
profession in Ontario and for its 160,000 teachers. OTF members are
full-time, part-time and occasional teachers in all publicly funded
schools in the province - elementary, secondary, public, Catholic and
SOURCE: Ontario Teachers' Federation
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