HALIFAX, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Heather Reisman, the founder and CEO of
Indigo Books & Music, is the recipient of the 2012 Public Education
Advocacy Award of the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF). The
announcement was made today by the CTF President at the Federation's
Annual General Meeting currently underway in Halifax. The CTF Public
Education Advocacy Award is presented annually to groups or individuals
outside the teaching profession who have made major contributions to
promote and support public education in Canada.
"Heather was nominated by the CTF Executive Committee for her tireless
commitment to raising awareness about the importance of literacy in
young people's lives, for her significant financial contributions to
support school libraries and for urging governments to reinvest in the
public elementary school system," explains CTF President Paul
Since 2004, 130 elementary schools in Canada have been able to pay for
books and literacy tools thanks to Reisman's Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, a charitable not-for-profit organization which was created to address
the pressing needs by school libraries in low-income neighborhoods.
For over a decade, the CTF Public Education Advocacy Award has also been
bestowed on highly respected Canadians who have championed public
education through their advocacy and targeted initiatives. They include
John Ralston Saul, author; Annie Kidder, People for Education, in
Ontario; Association francophone des parents du Nouveau-Brunswick; Mary
Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy; Alfie Kohn, author; Eric P.
Newell, prominent business leader; Gerard Kennedy, former Education
Minister of Ontario; David King, former Education Minister of Alberta;
and Félix St-Denis, creator of "L'écho d'un peuple", just to name a
An alliance of 15 Member organizations and one Affiliate Member
representing nearly 200,000 teachers across the country, the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) is a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (EI).
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SOURCE Canadian Teachers' Federation
For further information:
Spokesperson: Paul Taillefer, CTF President
Contact: Francine Filion, CTF Director of Communications, 613-899-4247 (cell)